City of Ghosts

Opens Friday, July 21
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1hr 30mins // directed by:Matthew Heineman // in Arabic with English subtitles // CC, Assisted Listening

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.

Directed, produced, and filmed by Academy Award–nominated and Emmy–winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman, City of Ghosts is a singularly powerful cinematic experience.

"Heineman poignantly weaves together these big-picture themes with intimate events in the group members’ lives, for example juxtaposing the child soldier mentioned above with one member meeting his newborn son. This tactic creates a feeling of profound empathy for RBSS’ plight, showing them as ordinary people—one member got involved simply because he was fascinated with cameras—who carry extraordinary burdens." — Katie Rife, A.V. Club