Monday, January 15, 2018

City of Ghosts (2017)

Director: Matthew Heineman. 92 min. Rated R. Documentary.

Harrowing story of modern journalism, showing the day-to-day lives of the very, very brave men and women of Raqqa, Syria, the self-declared capital of ISIS: the ones inside secretly capturing and sending out images of ISIS' ghastly atrocities, the ones outside in Turkey and Germany broadcasting them to the world (through the website Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, "RBSS"), while constantly on the move and being taken out by ISIS agents, one by one. The fact that Raqqa was recently captured by American-backed Syrian forces provides a slight sense of relief throughout the film, but the horrors of fundamentalism linger.

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