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(3365) 7.4 92 min 2017

City of Ghosts is a movie starring Abdelaziz Alhamza, Mohamad Almusari, and Hamoud Almousa. A documentary that follows the efforts of "Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently," a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after...

Starring
Mohamad Almusari, Abdelaziz Alhamza, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, Hamoud Almousa
Genres
War, Documentary
Director
Matthew Heineman

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Audio English  Deutsch  Italiano  Español  Français  Gaeilge  Svenska  Nederlands
Subtitles 日本語  Čeština  Português  Australia  한국어  Filipino  Tiếng Việt  हिन्दी 
Quality 480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres War, Documentary
Director Matthew Heineman
Stars Mohamad Almusari, Abdelaziz Alhamza, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, Hamoud Almousa
Country USA
Also Known As City of ghosts, Miasto duchów, Miasto duchów. Rakka, City of Ghosts: Raqqa, La città dei fantasmi, Spökstaden, Hayaletler Kenti, Spøgelsesbyen, ラッカは静かに虐殺されている, Szellemváros
Runtime 1H 32M
Description A documentary that follows the efforts 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 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.

Top reviews

Friday, 03 Jul 2020 06:01

I first saw this film at the Sundance Film Festival, and I was blown away by this first ever documentary. The film was actually made by the same crew that made "The Last American Virgin" (yes, that film, too). This film is so honest about what the war in Iraq has done to the real American people, the documentary is so powerful that you can see the real effects this war has had on those who are living in Iraq and Afghanistan. This film was made on location, so we see these innocent children walking, waiting in lines, and standing in front of stores that sell all kinds of things. The documentary was done in English, which I would have never thought would be needed, because it is all about real life, no Hollywood cliches, no high drama, and no bombastic patriotic songs. This film makes you want to cry because you see so many people walking around their neighborhood, those who have lost their homes, who have lost their lives, who are so destroyed by war. They are just ordinary people who have suffered a terrible loss, and who you can never forget. One of the most powerful scenes is a scene where three Iraqi boys are singing at the pool, in front of an American soldier, who is trying to kill them. They are so innocent, and you feel so much empathy for them, because they are the same people that are suffering in Iraq and Afghanistan. These three boys have lost their mothers, but they are still trying to protect their home, and protect their friends. They don't know what will happen if they live in the wrong neighborhood, or if they move. This film is very well made and powerful, and I am proud to be part of this great piece of art that documents what the people of Iraq are going through. I am so proud to be from New Orleans, and so proud of my home state, where I know many of the people who are in this film, and I know many of the people who voted for these two men. This film, and all the amazing people that made it, are absolutely one of the most powerful and touching films I have ever seen. This film is truly moving, and powerful, and it is an incredibly important film.
Sunday, 21 Jun 2020 11:24

I have been a soldier in the IDF since 2006 and I have worked closely with the Israeli army, or military for short. When I saw the title of this film I was so thrilled that it would be able to bring me into this world and truly understand what I was witnessing, but I could not be more humbled when I saw that the director of the film was none other than Daniel Pearl, and he had joined the Israeli army to be a doctor in the IDF. I had never heard of this before, so I didn't really know who this was but I had a strange feeling about it. I knew that it was a film about the IDF and the trials of combat, but I didn't know what the film was going to be about, or what the story would be like. When I finally came across this, I was so happy I had never heard of it before. I am more then happy to say that this is by far the most important film I have seen to date about the Israeli army. The three main story lines are: Israel's occupation of the West Bank, the suffering of Israel from terrorist attacks, and the possibility of peace. The film goes in so many different directions, and sometimes it seems to be going in different directions, but it all leads to one goal. To bring Israel closer to a state of mind that it could achieve peace with its neighbors. The main reason I watched this was because of Pearl. I felt he had done such a wonderful job of bringing this amazing story to the big screen. The director had the ability to portray the pain, the emotion, the depression, and the fear. He showed the horror of war in a way that was emotional and yet very realistic, making it even more important that this is going on in the Israeli army. The director also had the ability to use the cinematography in the film to show the surreal world that the IDF soldiers live in. The way that the film was shot, the way he used the editing, the very clear and focused shots that really show the suffering of the soldiers, it was really amazing. The effects used throughout the film were also really good, making the film seem even more realistic. I also enjoyed how the director edited the film, making sure not to make it too long. Overall, I highly recommend this film to anyone who likes a story that takes them on an emotional ride that will leave you speechless. There is so much to enjoy from the point of view of the Israeli army and of the Israeli people. Even though this was supposed to be a documentary it still didn't feel like a documentary at all. I will definitely be checking out the others in the series, as well as being excited to see how the third episode in this series is going to go. 10/10
Sunday, 14 Jun 2020 16:29

It is a master class on how war happens, but it isn't like other war documentaries, because this one is the true story and what really happened and what happened to the civilians who were involved in the war. The movie starts with three years of occupation of France. It is then revealed that the Germans took over all the towns of France, but they were the good guys, the local population were mostly civilian that don't really take the Germans very seriously. A journalist is sent to "routine" work and he becomes very familiar with the problem. The journalist is then sent to Dachau and tries to help the prisoners, but they refuse to talk and get angry when he is trying to do something useful. He decides to break the news about the prisoners. The journalist gets mad because of the way he's behaving, he gets even a few prisoners to talk about it, and they get a bigger break as the war ends and they are able to talk more, even to the media about their problems. He tries to convince the prisoners, but they are too scared of the police to tell the truth, they are the ones who got mistreated and then they get help. The journalist doesn't get more help and is now very depressed, because he didn't do anything to help the prisoners and was too busy dealing with his own problems. The journalist ends up in hospital and he's transferred to a psychiatric hospital, there, he's diagnosed with paranoia, paranoid schizophrenia, and he is finally help. As a result, he's declared insane and his charges is transferred to another psychiatric hospital. His psychiatric case is the main part of the movie, because he couldn't escape from the influence of his persecutors. I was touched by this movie because it was all of my hopes and expectations were never met, because of the way the German government treated the prisoners. They put a lot of people who were, like the journalist, from the lowest class in the camp, and they thought it was okay for them. I'm sure the people in the other camp would have been the same way. The movie is an excellent example of how a person, who was working to help and care for prisoners, can turn into a maniac and he couldn't escape from the problem. When I watched the movie, I was a bit sad for the American reporter and I think that he suffered the same as the prisoners, because it was all about how a journalist could ruin an entire war, and how a reporter can do anything and not be afraid of what he can't do. This movie showed that a journalist can't get a second chance in life, because if he does, he will be punished, because it was all about how much the journalists can get to hurt the POWs and to make them forget that they fought a war for freedom. You have to think about this movie to understand how the people who suffered and died in Dachau were treated.
Saturday, 06 Jun 2020 14:07

I wanted to go to see this movie because I like War movies, as in the style of the movie is rather Western as well as the fact that it has been made in English, which I appreciate. But I was lucky because my girlfriend and I saw this movie as it was being shown at a private screening. We were fortunate to get a seat at the very back which was very good. It was very crowded, with people sitting right behind us and right behind us. It was very loud, and I could hear the other people behind us. The movie itself was very interesting. It was not the type of film that has people running from gun battles with the Nazis or shootouts with the Nazis. It was more a movie about people being displaced in a war, some of which is anti-Semitic. The movie did show a lot of anti-Nazi sentiment, and some of the other anti-Nazi sentiments which is why it was very important to me to see it. I am German, and I have experienced anti-Nazi sentiments in the past, but this movie did make me realize how much anti-Semitic sentiment is out there. Not to mention the "Nazi" version of the Holocaust which is what the Nazis did to the Jews during the Holocaust. The people in the movie were very very honest with their stories, and I think that the movie gave a much more accurate portrayal of what happened than any movie made before or since. The people who wrote the movie are not the intended audience, but I think that everyone who goes to see a War movie needs to see this movie. It is a good movie which is very informative and gives us a more accurate perspective of what war is like.
Thursday, 28 May 2020 04:18

During the last days of the old Soviet Union, the forces of the Soviet party crushed the forces of the "Bolsheviks" and gave the most famous phrase to one of the most important leaders of the resistance in the Soviet Union, Leonid Shevchuk. The statement was: "Do not defend your buildings, but defend the Soviet Union". It was just a simple slogan that was important to many people in Russia in their fight against the old Soviet regime. In 1992 the Communist regime finally fell, a handful of people survived in Chechenia, but almost all the Russian people lived in terror. The Soviet Union had come to an end and suddenly the death and the broken lives of people was turned into a war against people of all nationalities. The film says, at this time, the situation in Chechnya was extremely volatile. One group of Russian people had escaped from their gulag, the other had a very low, miserable life. The film shows the two stories of two people who escaped from the prison and then into the war in Chechnya. The woman is Alyona (from the film, the female voice of Olga Volkova, who plays the woman in the film). Alyona is not the only one who survives. The people in the town of Samara find themselves in the same situation. Their life is divided. They live in the lowest class in a working class village. They don't even have the right to vote. They have the right to a doctor and a lawyer. It seems like the death for each family in the family. It is not as bad as it seems. The only way to get money is to get a lawyer and help the people of the village. One of the main things that is kept in mind in the film is the "destruction of Chechnya", the number of people that died in the Chechenian death. What can be the reason? What is the damage? What is the cost? The people who have survived in the war also lose their future and there is nothing left for them. We are not sure about the real death of everyone, but we can be certain that it is a huge number. What can be said in favor of the film is the fact that it is very well made and the director is intelligent. This is a film that needs to be shown all over the world. It is time for a change, for the people of the world to understand the true history of the Chechen nation and the way it was destroyed. When it is shown in the European Parliament, the governments should show their opposition to the horrendous war in Chechnya. They should see the victims, the destruction of the people and then we will know how cruel the war really was.
Thursday, 21 May 2020 09:24

From the opening credits to the end credits, this documentary is in my opinion the most important film ever released on this subject. It is not just a documentary. It is a major celebration of the heroic efforts of men who risked everything to fight and win the war against Germany. This is a visual work. It is an intense study of these men and of how they face all the challenges and difficulties that come with war, and especially with the task of saving themselves, their families and country. This film is a pure testimony to the value of the men involved in this mission. It is an incredible testament to the lengths to which the German people will go to protect their children and to save their homes. It is a testimony to the determination and love for country and the strength of a people that can overcome their greatest dangers. The music is a beautiful expression of the spirit of a people that knows that their existence is held by something greater than themselves. The musicians of World War II represent all the great musicians who came before, including Jewish, Gypsy and Black Mozart. Their music is very much alive. I truly believe that this is a time when it is important that the world hear this message from these brave men. To me, it is not enough to know the names of these men. I have to know the stories of their lives. I have to know the music. I have to see the incredible visual, historic and artistic work that has been created. For this I salute the filmmakers and the people who gave this film its artistic direction and make a real contribution to history. Thank you.


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