Sundance 2017 Review: City of Ghosts
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By Andrea Thompson
City of Ghosts was always going to be an achingly relevant plea for help and compassion in today’s world, but recent events have made it more urgent than ever.
The documentary follows a group of Syrian refugees who first became activists in the fight to oust Assad from leadership in the Arab Spring, then began a far more dangerous fight after ISIS came in, took over, and effectively isolated the country from the rest of the world. As Syria sank into chaos, with bloodshed and daily atrocities becoming the new norm, the group started the resistance movement Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), and vowed to document what was happening.