City of Ghosts

City of Ghosts

Skype Q&A with Abdul-Aziz al-Hamza, the Syrian co-founder of the citizen-journalist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently
all proceeds to benefit RBSS

Matthew Heineman

Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, a group of citizen-journalists, chronicle the rise of the Islamic State regime in their home city. However, when the journalists are forced to flee, they must deal with the constant fear of being found and murdered, and the guilt of escaping when many of their friends and family members could not. Cartel Land director Matthew Heineman transmits the destruction of wartime Syria in unflinching detail, and shows how the trauma does not leave its citizens even when they escape the nation. “Heineman may have made the definitive contemporary documentary about the tragedy of Syria, as well as an epoch-defining piece on modern media tactics.” (The Guardian)


Ithaca Premiere
DCP color
1 hour 30 minutes
release year/country
2017 USA