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Heineman powerfully captures the agonizing sense of displacement these men must feel. Gaunt, lanky, chain-smoking RBSS founder Aziz is an emotionally wounded, haunted figure. The "ghosts" in the title doesn't just apply to those killed in Raqqa.
This is a harrowing watch, with footage of executions -- the emotional toll on the men is tangible. Yet RBSS is performing an essential duty; it is often the only conduit of reliable news from Raqqa to the wider world.
Matthew Heineman gets up close and personal with some of the RBSS members, who live with the daily threat of violent retribution and in some scenes comment from the cloistered security of German or Turkish safe houses.
City of Ghosts, a documentary by Matthew Heineman, provides a vision of dedication to reportorial truth in the desperate efforts of an improvised news organization with a haunting, if unwieldy name: "Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently," or RBSS.
Part of what makes "City of Ghosts" compelling is a chance to view disturbing footage of ISIS atrocities, clandestinely shot with cellphones and so revealing and incendiary the videoers faced death if captured.
City of Ghosts, a harrowing documentary about ISIS atrocities in Syria, is both timely and terrifying, but it will be remembered most for putting a human face on the citizen journalists who - at great risk - exposed the terrorist group's horrors in Raqqa.
As information-age documents go, it's as necessary a glimpse of 21st century heroism and ideology warfare as you're going to encounter, and a brutally effective argument for compassion toward those forced from their homeland.