On Saturday December 2nd, Concordia College’s Sluberski Film Series will present the award-winning documentary City of Ghosts, followed by a discussion with journalist Anna Therese Day entitled “Citizen Journalism and War.” The event is at 7:00 pm in Concordia’s Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts; it is free and open to the public.
Directed, produced, and filmed by Academy Award–nominated and Emmy–winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman, City of Ghosts is a singularly powerful cinematic experience. The documentary 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. This is the deeply personal 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. The film is nominated for Best Documentary by The International Documentary Association.
From The New Yorker: “These brave reporters, who have been honored by the Committee to Protect Journalists and portrayed in Matthew Heineman’s excellent documentary City of Ghosts, worked under constant threat of death; ten of their colleagues, friends and family members, both inside Raqqa and in Turkey, were hunted down by ISIS forces and executed for the crime of committing journalism.”
After the screening of the documentary, Anna Therese Day, a journalist with extensive experience covering Syria and the Middle East, will lead a discussion on journalism’s role as a tool for democracy and means of giving voice to groups of people, concepts that have motivated her career.
Day is an award-winning independent reporter and social media researcher. She was recently recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of their 30 Under 30 in the Media Category for 2017, and is a regular contributor to The New York Times Women in the World. On the ground in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Brazil, Egypt, India, Israel, Jordan, Kiribati, Lebanon, Libya, Mexico, the Palestinian Territories, Syria, South Sudan, and Turkey, her coverage focuses on American foreign policy, women’s issues, and youth organizing. Her work has been featured in a variety of media outlets, including CNN, Al Jazeera English, CBS, and numerous print outlets, translated into Arabic, English, Hebrew, and Spanish. In 2013, she was selected for The Progressive Women's Voices Training by the Women's Media Center and is currently recognized as a foreign policy expert in their SheSource interview database. Day is a founding board member of The Frontline Freelance Register, a representative body for freelance conflict journalists.
Launched in 2015, Concordia’s Sluberski Film Series is a culturally illuminating program offering the opportunity to experience cinema with the artists who create it – from Hollywood to Bollywood, independent films to blockbusters.