How can ordinary citizens stand up to ISIS? The group 'Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently' (RBSS) uses a special form of warfare in the fight against ISIS: journalism. Oscar-nominated director Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land) follows the group of journalists in their valiant attempt to refute the misinformation terrorists continue to use in their battle. The impact on the lives of activists is massive.
After their land was taken over by ISIS in 2014 a number of anonymous Syrian activists joined forces in battling the harmful propaganda and unjust information spread by ISIS. City of Ghosts follows the story of this group of courageous citizens working as journalists in the fight against all kinds of misinformation spread by ISIS. They live in hiding, always on the run and risk their lives for opposing the biggest terrorist organization of our time. City of Ghosts is a very personal and exciting story giving a unique insight into the lives of the members of RBSS.
Director Matthew Heineman was praised and won the Candescent Award with this documentary at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. He is no stranger though: last year he was awarded the jury prize for best director with his previous film Cartel Land. In addition, this film got him three Emmy Awards and an Oscar nomination for best documentary. City of Ghosts brilliantly captures the difficulties and personal sacrifices of the members of RBSS. Heineman surely knows what he is doing.