In August 2014, the video execution of American conflict journalist James Foley by the militant group ISIS challenged the world to deal with a new face of terror. But 40-year-old Foley was more than just the victim of this brutal killing. Seen through the lens of filmmaker Brian Oakes, Foley’s childhood friend, JIM: The James Foley Story takes viewers from small-town New England to the adrenaline-fueled front lines of Libya and Syria, where Foley pushed the limits of danger to report on the plight of civilians impacted by war. The film culminates in Foley’s 2012 capture by ISIS and the confusion and emotional upheaval that followed, ending in his tragic death nearly two years later. Foley’s family, friends, and colleagues help tell Jim’s story, while his fellow hostages reveal the details of captivity with chilling immediacy. Gut-wrenching and powerful, with unparalleled access, JIMis a harrowing chronicle of bravery, compassion, and pain at the dawn of America’s war with ISIS.
Director: Brian Oakes
Producer: Eva Lipman, Teddy Kunhardt, George Kunhardt
Writer: Chris Chuang, Brian Oakes, Heather McDonald
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