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Directed, produced, and filmed by Academy Award–nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land, 2015 Sundance Film Festival Directing Award), City of Ghosts is a singularly powerful cinematic experience that is sure to shake audiences to their core as it elevates the canon of one of the most talented documentary filmmakers working today. Captivating in its immediacy, City of Ghosts follows the journey of “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently” – a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014. With astonishing, deeply personal access, this is the story of a brave group of citizen journalists as they face the realities of life undercover, on the run, and in exile, risking their lives to stand up against one of the greatest evils in the world today.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 94
- Fresh: 93
- Rotten: 1
- Average Rating: 8.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Part of what makes "City of Ghosts" compelling is a chance to view disturbing footage of ISIS atrocities, clandestinely shot with cellphones and so revealing and incendiary the videoers faced death if captured.
Fresh: City of Ghosts, a harrowing documentary about ISIS atrocities in Syria, is both timely and terrifying, but it will be remembered most for putting a human face on the citizen journalists who - at great risk - exposed the terrorist group's horrors in Raqqa.
Fresh: [An] infuriating documentary.
Fresh: City of Ghosts gains its power from highlighting the rape of Raqqa as told by ordinary men who risked everything to share this news story.
Great film. I would note that its focus is primarily on the citizen-journalists of Raqqa, many living in exile, rather than the greater conflict in Syria. For the latter, see Sebastian Junger's excellent documentary from earlier this year, Hell on Earth.
- Genre: Documentary
- Released: 2017
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