First Trailer for Matt Heineman’s Syria Documentary ‘City of Ghosts’

City of Ghosts Trailer

“Our words are stronger than their weapons.” Amazon Studios has revealed the first official trailer for the documentary City of Ghosts, the follow-up to Cartel Land made by filmmaker Matthew Heineman. This doc takes a closer look at the Syrian war as told from the inside, following a group of anonymous journalists working to report on what’s really happening. Heineman is known for getting incredible footage and diving deep into the subject of his docs, and that’s definitely the case here. It’s describe as a “powerful cinematic experience that is sure to shake audiences to their core.” This premiered at Sundance this year, where I saw it, and it’s good but nowhere near as good as Cartel Land. This would also make a good double feature with the doc Last Men in Aleppo, as both films are important looks at the war in Syria. Watch the footage below. ›››

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These 4 Syria Docs Will Help You Understand What the Hell is Going On

As the war in Syria makes headlines again, we turn to the documentary filmmakers who have been on top of the story for years.

The Syrian Civil War began six years ago and the rest of the world has become increasingly numb to its horrors, despite the reported deaths of almost half a million people. We were shaken from our reverie yesterday as images spread from treacherous new chemical attacks. But, as with many global issues, documentary filmmakers have been paying attention to the conflict and its effects since day one.

No Film School had the chance to speak with some of these filmmakers as their gripping films hit festivals this past year: The War Show, City of Ghosts, Last Men in Aleppo, and The Journey from Syria.

Unfortunately, only The Journey from Syria is available beyond the festival circuit at this point, though you can also watch Academy-Award-winning Syria short The White Helmets on Netflix now. Meanwhile, here’s what these filmmakers had to say about the conflict and their work during our No Film School interviews.

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Watch: Official Trailer for Acclaimed Documentary ‘Cries From Syria’

Cries From Syria Trailer

“War was never our choice. We were forced into war.” HBO has debuted an official trailer for the powerful documentary titled Cries From Syria, described as a “searing, comprehensive account of the Syrian war from the inside out.” This looks intense and depressing. Made by the same filmmaker behind the Academy Award nominated doc Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom, director Evgeny Afineevsky takes us inside the Syrian war examining the horrors occurring in that Middle Eastern country. The doc is narrated by Helen Mirren, and also features the original song “Prayers for this World,” written by Diane Warren, and recorded by Cher along with The West Los Angeles Children’s Choir. This should be mandatory viewing. ›››

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