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Exclusive: Trailer for ‘#chicagoGirl,’ A Documentary About Social Media & The Syrian Revolution

Exclusive: Trailer for '#chicagoGirl,' A Documentary About Social Media & The Syrian Revolution

Today we’ve got an exclusive look at the trailer for “#chicagoGirl: The Social Network Takes on A Dictator,” a documentary that captures the involvement of an American teenage girl with the revolution in Syria, made possible by the internet and social media. 19-year-old Ala’a organizes demonstrations, protests and helps to broadcast images of what’s happening on the ground in Syria, all from her bedroom in Chicago. Though she’s removed from the action, threats start to infiltrate her world, as we can see in the trailer. 

The film is directed by Joe Piscatella, produced by Mark Rinehart, and features footage from Syria that had to be smuggled out on hard drives, due to the media blackouts. One cameraman, Bassel Shahade, lost his life in the process of capturing these images to show the rest of the world what’s going on in the country. The film looks to be a gripping, thrilling account of this new kind of revolution, where the revolutionaries are armed with digital cameras and social networks. 

“#chicagoGirl” is premiering at IDFA in Amsterdam on November 21st. Here’s the official synopsis, and check out the trailer below. 

From her childhood bedroom in the Chicago suburbs, an American teenage girl uses social media to run the revolution in Syria.  Armed with Facebook, Twitter, Skype and cameraphones, she helps her social network “on the ground” in Syria brave snipers and shelling in the streets to show the world the human rights atrocities of a brutal dictator.  But just because the world can see the violence doesn’t mean the world can help.  As the revolution rages on, everyone in the network must decide what is the most effective way to fight a dictator:  social media or AK-47s.  

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