Directors Guild of America Awards (Winner): Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary
Primetime Emmy Awards (Nominee): Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking
British Academy Awards (Nominee): Best Documentary
Cinema Eye Honors (4 Nominations): Outstanding Achievement in Non-Fiction Feature Filmmaking, Direction, Producing, The Unforgettables Award
Critics Choice Documentary Awards (3 Nominations): Best Documentary, Best Political Documentary, Best Director
International Documentary Association (Winner): Courage Under Fire Award
Producers Guild of America Awards (Nominee): Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures
Sundance Film Festival (Winner): Candescent Award
Sheffield Doc/Fest Awards (Winner): Grand Jury Prize
CPH:DOX (Winner): 2017 Audience Award
"City of Ghosts is the kind of visceral real life story Heineman is becoming known for."
- Gwilym Mumford, The Guardian
"A wide-eyed, jaw dropping look at the battle against ISIS."
– The Playlist
"This is formidable filmmaking, and Heineman has become one of our most daring, and interesting filmmakers."
- David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
"An urgent and heart-heavy account of Syrian resistance from the ground up."
- Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
A real-life international thriller, City of Ghosts exposes a new type of warfare: a battle over ideas, a fight for hearts and minds, a conflict over clicks and views. Captivating in its immediacy, it follows the journey 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 astonishing, 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.
Directed, produced, and filmed by Academy Award–nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land, 2015 Sundance Film Festival Directing Award), City of Ghosts is a singularly powerful cinematic experience that is sure to shake audiences to their core as it elevates the canon of one of the most talented and exciting documentary filmmakers working today.
-- Sundance Film Festival
CITY OF GHOSTS premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and is currently being distributed worldwide by Amazon Studios. The film won the Director's Guild of America Award for Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Film and the Courage Under Fire Award from the International Documentary Association "in recognition of conspicuous bravery in the pursuit of truth" and has been nominated for Producer's Guild, Critic's Choice, Cinema Eye, and BAFTA awards. The film has also been featured on more than twenty critic and year-end lists for Best Documentary of 2017.