City of Ghosts
In this visceral journey into war-torn Syria, Oscar-nominated director Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land) follows the efforts of anonymous activist group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS) to chronicle the physical and cultural destruction of their home by ISIS. Countering ISIS’s sophisticated propaganda showing peace and order in Raqqa is key to their mission. The determination and bravery of the group, the sacrifices endured by them, and their struggles after escaping to Europe are enhanced by deeply personal verité footage filmed by RBSS themselves. City of Ghosts encapsulates the complexity and humanity of the situation while extracting hope in the face of tyranny.