“Cut together with gut-wrenching intensity and packed with footage that feels equal parts remarkable and horrifying, CITY OF GHOSTS chronicles the lives of the head members of Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS). A campaign made up of activists based in the Syrian city of Raqqa and around the world, these young men risk their lives to garner intel on and about ISIS, what they’re doing and what they plan to do. As the Arab Spring brought revolution to countries like Syria, the vacuum of potential democracy was filled by a militant group calling themselves the Islamic State (ISIS). Director Matthew Heineman has put together a crucial piece of work here, focusing entirely on his RBSS subjects and their bravery in the face of adversity. Rarely do documentaries feel so of-the-moment, so tragic, and so hopeful”—Dan Mecca, The Film Stage. R. 90 Min.
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