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City of Ghosts

Release Date: July 7
Director: Matthew Heineman
Cast: Documentary

Oscar-nominee Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land) directs and, like a crazy person, photographs this documentary account of the work of RBSS – Raqqa is Being Slaughered Silently, a group of citizen journalists in the Syrian city that’s become the “capital” of ISIS, who took it upon themselves to use smuggled video and images to protest and raise awareness. Heineman delves into the engrossing logistics of communications and workflow between the “internal” group (in Raqqa) and “external” group (former members hiding in Turkey and Germany). Their story is inspiring and their footage – of poverty, torture, and executions in the public square – is horrifying. City of Ghosts pulses with the urgency, immediacy, and high stakes of what they’re doing. And a late sequence at an anti-refugee rally scene reminds us, as the rhetoric gets pointed, that we’ve seen what exactly kind of terror they’re escaping.