City of Ghosts


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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 documentary filmmakers working today. Captivating in its immediacy, City of Ghosts 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.

City of Ghosts premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews. It was acquired by Amazon Studios and was named to the Oscar Feature Documentary Shortlist.


Directed, Produced, and Filmed By
Matthew Heineman

Executive Produced by
Alex Gibney
Molly Thompson

Executive Produced by
Maiken Baird
David Fialkow
Elaine Frontain Bryant
Stacey Offman
Robert Sharenow

Co-Executive Producer
Richard Perello

Co-Produced by
Juan Camilo Cruz
Matthew Hamachek
Joedan Okun
Maya Seidler
Edited by
Matthew Hamachek
Pax Wassermann
Matthew Heineman

Music by
Jackson Greenberg
H. Scott Salinas

Footage provided by
Members of Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently