Undocumented immigrant Abril and her 2-year-old son Julian live on one side of a great wall in suburban San Diego. Her husband, Julian’s father Uriel, lives on the other side in Tijuana, Mexico. Each Sunday, Abril, Julian and Uriel join hundreds of splintered families making the trek to meet at the border wall, where American helicopters circle overhead and the only contact is the touch of fingertips through the metal slats. Through the Wall is the heartbreaking story of a family separated by the U.S.-Mexico border who spend time together the only way they legally can.
In 2013, amid the Syrian Civil War, ISIS moved into the city of Raqqa, Syria. Militants overran government loyalists, seized control of the square and declared the city under their control. After that, ISIS began an insidious campaign of propaganda, public execution, media control and jihad-fueled oppression. In this treacherous atmosphere, and at enormous risk of their lives, a group of citizen journalists banded together with a mission to tell the world about the outrages unfolding in Raqqa. They call themselves Raqqa is Being Slaughtered. Silently — and with cameras, computers, savvy and a network of astonishingly brave individuals — they defy and frustrate ISIS by continuing to tell the world about its affronts to humanity. With incredible access to this gut-wrenching story, filmmaker Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land, Mountainfilm 2015) proves once again to be a fearless and potent storyteller. Equal parts devastating and courageous, City of Ghosts will shake you to the core.