Oscar-nominated director Matthew Heineman brings his third powerful documentary to Sundance.
As the lights rose after the Sundance premiere of Matthew Heineman’s City of Ghosts, the audience roared for the director. The cheering became even louder when his heroic protagonists joined him onstage, resulting in a standing ovation that lasted well into the Q&A session.
In addition to being extremely well-crafted, the film’s subject matter resonated with the Sundance audience of cinephiles, media-makers, and journalists. Following up on Heineman’s Sundance-winning and Oscar-nominated Cartel Land, City of Ghosts depicts the almost mind-boggling bravery of untrained journalists and witnesses who risked their own lives and suffered deep personal tragedies to document and share the truth behind ISIS’ violent rise in the small Syrian city of Raqaa—and to counter the media messages being sent out by the terrorist group.‘City of Ghosts’ Director Matthew Heineman: ‘Your Camera Should Be Part of Who You Are’