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Featuring director Matthew Heineman and a special guest. Hosted by Toronto Star's Michelle Shephard.
Meet Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Matthew Heineman and a special guest as they discuss the power of citizen journalism as seen in City of Ghosts and the dangers of reporting from within a country under seige.
About the film
There are many films that showcase examples of bravery, but few have the immediacy and incredible on-the-ground access that this film so impossibly provides. Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently is the name of—and reason for—a group of citizen journalists in Syria, who film and anonymously post the devastation of life under ISIS through their social media channels. ISIS fights this war with images as much as it does with guns, and the dangers of opposing them in this manner cannot be underlined enough. Members of RBSS have suffered unspeakable loss in this fight, from execution to exile. In this awe-inspiring film, director Matthew Heineman (whose previous film Cartel Land was nominated for an Academy Award) does not shy away from the complexity and humanity of the situation, allowing RBSS to provide a call to action and a much needed sliver of hope. Sarafina DiFelice
About the host
Michelle Shephard is the national security reporter for Toronto Star, author, filmmaker. Her reporting has taken her to Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, the Central African Republic and more behind the wire in Guantanamo Bay. She is a three-time recipient of the National Newspaper Award, part of a Star team that won the Governor-General’s Michener Award for public service journalism, author of Guantanamo's Child: The Untold Story of Omar Khadr and Decade of Fear: Reporting from Terrorism's Grey Zone, and co-director and producer of award-winning documentary Guantanamo's Child.
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