Since its independence from France in 1946, Syria has been rocked by periods of political instability.
As the colonial hold of the great powers began to fade and the region witnessed a wave of Arab nationalism, Syria shifted through a succession of military coups.
Hafez al-Assad, an ambitious minister of defence, seized control in 1970. Rising from a humble background in western Syria, he ruled the country for 30 years.
This documentary tells the story of the past and brings it right up to the present to provide deeper historical context to the events of today as war continues to rage in Syria with the unleashing of many of the forces which had been previously repressed.
This documentary is a must watch for all UPSC aspirants.