Jim: The James Foley Story


Jim: The James Foley Story

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A look at the life of journalist James Foley, who was kidnapped in Syria in 2012 and became the first American citizen to be killed by the terrorist group ISIS. Friends, family, and professional colleagues share their recollections of him in this documentary. Directed by Brian Oakes, who was a childhood friend of Foley's.

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  • A heartfelt, if slightly unreflective tribute to Foley, focusing on the strength he drew from his family and faith, although his private life and relationships are not touched on, and it does not provide an analytical context for Foley's work.

    Sep 1, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Jim: The James Foley Story is more than just a tribute to a fallen journalist. It's a deeply moving testament to a man who dared to face the worst of humanity and somehow managed to maintain his sense of empathy in spite of it all.

    Aug 31, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • We come away more aware of escalating global tragedies, and that alone validates this imperfect film.

    Aug 31, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Directed by Foley's childhood friend Brian Oakes, the doc does raise some difficult issues - albeit very tactfully.

    Apr 1, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "Jim" is a moving portrait of courage, but it is most of all a concerted effort to take back the life of James Foley.

    Feb 5, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The many interviews in particular -- with Foley's family in New Hampshire, with men who were imprisoned with him in Syria, with friends, with fellow journalists also drawn to the war zones -- are remarkable for their intimacy and clarity.

    Feb 4, 2016 | Full Review…

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