Enjoy this sneak peek of the 2017 MIFF program. The full program will be announced on 11 July 2017.
Tickets for selected special events are on sale now. Tickets for the full #MIFF2017 program are on sale on Friday 14 July 2017 (with a presale on 12 and 13 July for MIFF Members).
Awards won at CPH: DOX, Sheffield Doc/Fest and Sundance are unlikely to be the last for City of Ghosts, Matthew Heineman’s extraordinary exposé on the citizen journalists fronting the war on ISIS.
With the Oscar-nominated, triple Emmy-winning Cartel Land (MIFF 2015), documentarian Matthew Heineman put his own life on the line to bring audiences an object lesson in 21st-century journalism. His new film trains an eye-opening lens on a group of journalists whose courage under fire comes at far greater cost: the anonymous activists of Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), in the heartland of ISIS’s self-declared caliphate.
While coalition armies and Syrian rebels battle the jihadis with guns and bombs, RBSS combat them with facts and footage, risking their lives – and those of their loved ones – to secretly film and distribute bone-chilling documentation of ISIS’s barbaric carnage. It is uniquely contemporary warfare against an increasingly media-savvy enemy, and Heineman takes us right to its core, with arresting access and intimacy. Picking up the Politiken Audience Award at the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest’s Grand Jury Award and the Sundance Film Festival Candescent Award, City of Ghosts is an urgent, deeply personal real-world thriller about the world’s most crucial fight against misinformation.
"Remarkable … It’s no exaggeration to say that when the histories of 21st-century Syria and citizen journalism are written, this documentary will be a key part of them." – The Guardian