A real-life international thriller, City of Ghosts follows the journey of a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014.

COMPLETED

Filmmakers: Matthew Heineman
Country: USA
Runtime: 90 mins
Year: 2017
Format: HD


STORY

A real-life international thriller, City of Ghosts exposes a new type of warfare: a battle over ideas, a fight for hearts and minds, a conflict over clicks and views. Captivating in its immediacy, it 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 (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 and exciting documentary filmmakers working today. - Sundance Film Festival


PRESS

"Could be the definitive Syria documentary" ★★★★★ - The Guardian

"Harrowing, haunting, and ultimately hopeful" - Entertainment Weekly

"Remarkable" - Variety

"Controlled, focused, and emotional... City of Ghosts is a wide-eyed, jaw dropping look at the battle against ISIS." GRADE: A - The Playlist


DIRECTOR

Heineman’s previous film, Cartel Land, was nominated for an Academy Award and won three Emmy Awards after premiering at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where it won Jury Awards for directing and cinematography. For his work on the film, Heineman also received the DGA Award and the International Documentary Association's Courage Under Fire Award. Previously, he directed and produced the Emmy Award–nominated documentary Escape Fire, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.


CREDITS

Director/ Producer: Matthew Heineman

Editors: Matthez Hamachek, Pax Wasserman and Matthew Heineman

Music: Jackson Greenberg and H. Scott Salinas

Co-Producers: Juan Camilo Cruz, Matthew Hamachek, Joedan Okun and Maya Seidler

Executive Producers: Alex Gibney, Molly Thompson, Maiken Baird, Dvid Fialkow, Elaine Frontain Bryant, Stacey Offman and Robert Sharenow


AWARDS

Sundance Film Festival - Candescent Award

CPH:DOX - Politikens Audience Award

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

Sundance Film Festival 2017

CPH:DOX 2017

Tribeca Film Festival 2017

HotDocs 2017