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City of Ghosts joins a long line of films about people risking everything to expose the truth. Check out our video essay entitled, “The Rebellious Journalist” and be sure to catch City of Ghosts when it hits theaters on 7/7.

Films Included in this Essay

All the President’s Men
Director: Alan J. Pakula
Cast: Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Hal Holbrook
Release Date: April 5, 1976

Two green reporters and rivals working for the Washington Post, Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman), research the botched 1972 burglary of the Democratic Party Headquarters at the Watergate apartment complex. With the help of a mysterious source, code-named Deep Throat (Hal Holbrook), the two reporters make a connection between the burglars and a White House staffer. Despite dire warnings about their safety, the duo follows the money all the way to the top. 

The Killing Fields
Director: Roland Joffé
Cast: Sam Waterston, Haing S. Ngor, John Malkovich
Release Date: February 1, 1985

New York Times reporter Sydney Schanberg (Sam Waterston) is on assignment covering the Cambodian Civil War, with the help of local interpreter Dith Pran (Haing S. Ngor) and American photojournalist Al Rockoff (John Malkovich). When the U.S. Army pulls out amid escalating violence, Schanberg makes exit arrangements for Pran and his family. Pran, however, tells Schanberg he intends to stay in Cambodia to help cover the unfolding story — a decision he may regret as the Khmer Rouge rebels move in. 

Veronica Guerin
Director: Joel Schumacher
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Colin Farrell, Ciarán Hinds
Release Date: October 17, 2003

In this true story, Veronica Guerin (Cate Blanchett) is an investigative reporter for an Irish newspaper. As the drug trade begins to bleed into the mainstream, Guerin decides to take on and expose those responsible. Beginning at the bottom with addicts, Guerin then gets in touch with John Traynor (Ciarán Hinds), a paranoid informant. Not without some prodding, Traynor leads her to John Gilligan (Gerard McSorley), the ruthless head of the operation, who does not take kindly to Guerin’s nosing. 

Good Night, and Good Luck
Director: George Clooney
Cast: George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr., Patricia Clarkson
Release Date: October 7, 2005

When Senator Joseph McCarthy begins his foolhardy campaign to root out Communists in America, CBS News impresario Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn) dedicates himself to exposing the atrocities being committed by McCarthy’s Senate “investigation.” Murrow is supported by a news team that includes long-time friend and producer Fred Friendly (George Clooney). The CBS team does its best to point out the senator’s lies and excesses, despite pressure from CBS’ corporate sponsors to desist.

Spotlight
Director: Tom McCarthy
Cast: Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams
Release Date: November 20, 2015

In 2001, editor Marty Baron of The Boston Globe assigns a team of journalists to investigate allegations against John Geoghan, an unfrocked priest accused of molesting more than 80 boys. Led by editor Walter “Robby” Robinson (Michael Keaton), reporters Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), Matt Carroll and Sacha Pfeiffer interview victims and try to unseal sensitive documents. The reporters make it their mission to provide proof of a cover-up of sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church. 

City of Ghosts
Director: Matthew Heineman
Release Date: July 7, 2017

Syrian rebels who call themselves Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently risk their lives to document the atrocities committed by ISIS in their homeland.

Make yourself heard!