#ChicagoGirl – The Social Network Takes on a Dictator

Activism/people power, Arts & media (in social change)
Region/Country Focus
, | Syria
Joe Piscatella | 2013 | 72 min | English


The inspiring story of a Muslim teen who harnesses social media from her Chicago bedroom to protect citizen journalism and protest in Syria.

Armed with Facebook, Skype and camera phones, 19-year-old Ala’a and her social network on the ground in Syria collaborate to dodge snipers and shelling and document some of the 160,000 Syrian deaths that the world can’t otherwise see. But getting the message out isn’t necessarily enough. As revolution rages on, everyone in the network must finally decide whether to fight on as journalists, or take up rebel arms themselves.

Age Advice
Suitable for 15+ years