DIFF 2017: Day 10

City of Ghosts is a powerful documentary about a group of Syrian citizen journalists and activists calling themselves “Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently” who courageously report on the atrocities of ISIS in their hometown and ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, Syria. The movie follows a few members who were forced to leave Syria and are coordinating from Turkey and Germany with other anonymous citizen journalists back home. It shows the agony of these brave men who are witnessing unfathomable atrocities and whose work has resulted in ISIS executing their own family members. By disseminating the unseen human rights abuses of this horrific terrorist organization, their hope is to promote international awareness about the situation and force the international community to do something to destroy ISIS and their hateful ideology. The documentary helps humanize the innocent civilians and reporters who live through the horrors of Syria every single day of their lives, but it also provides hope that there are people out there willing to risk their lives to make a difference.

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