City of Ghosts: Film Premiere + Panel Discussion / Q&A
City of Ghosts (2017) – directed by Matthew Heineman
in partnership with Reporters Without Borders
Captivating in its immediacy, CITY OF GHOSTS follows the journey of a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014, forming the citizen journalist group الرقة تذبح بصمت Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently.
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.
Following the screening, a panel discussion including representatives of Reporters Without Borders and Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently will shed light on the current situation of media freedom in Syria and its perspectives after the end of IS rule over Raqqa.
“Could be the definitive Syria documentary” ★★★★★ – The Guardian
“One of the most moving portraits of real-life courage you’ll ever see” ★★★★★ – Empire
“A taut, immediate portrait of Syria’s citizen journalist heroes” ★★★★ – Washington Post
19:30 Doors Open
20:00 Film starts
21:30 Panel discussion + Q&A
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ABOUT THE FILM
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. Captivating in its immediacy, it 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.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is an international non-governmental organization promoting and defending media freedom worldwide. Drawing on a network of sections, offices and correspondents around the world, RSF continuously monitors and denounces attacks on journalists, citizen journalists and media organizations, campaigns against censorship and against laws aimed restricting media freedom and gives practical assistance to persecuted journalists. When the situation for Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently became more and more dangerous, RSF helped the group’s activists rent a safe house in Istanbul, lobbied German authorities to grant them a legal status on short notice and supported the group after their arrival in Germany.
Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently is a campaign launched by a group of non-violent activists in Raqqa. They aim to expose the atrocities committed by The regime of Bashar Al-Assad and terrorist extremist group IS toward the civilian population.
ABOUT BERLINER UNION FILM
Overlooking Berlin’s famous Tempelhof airport, the Berliner Union Film campus is an iconic production site with a rich history. The campus buildings were originally built in 1912 and for the past 100 years have played a role in creating movie and television productions.