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City of Ghosts

USA, 2016
Dokumentarfilm

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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.

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City of Ghosts Regie Matthew Heineman
The filmmaking feels like an afterthought; City of Ghosts comes across more of a presentation device than a film. Because the journalists of RBSS must work in secret, we keep returning to people and laptops in a room; the rest of the runtime is filled with sometimes gruesome archival footage and ISIS propaganda designed to stun you into submission.
January 08, 2018
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Ultimately it’s not the violence that is most disturbing. It’s the effect on the central characters of the film, forced into exile, tallying each new death, each tortured friend or family member from afar. There’s one chilling scene when spokesman Abdalaziz Alhamza flicks through a treasured cache of photographs of loved ones and starts to shake, uncontrollably, his body shaking with traumatic stress. The ghosts of his city haunt him.
July 23, 2017
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For all the horrors on display, it’s the immediate intimacy of tears being shed for their loved ones, as well as the debilitating stress of living under constant death threats, which really hit home. As we register the suffering and the resilience of these reluctant heroes while keeping faith with truth and justice as the incalculable turmoil continues, it puts a human face, a point of contact, on the often overwhelming enormity of Syria’s national tragedy.
July 21, 2017
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