In August, 2014, a video of the public execution of American photojournalist James Foley rippled across the globe. Foley wore an orange jumpsuit as he knelt beside an ISIS militant dressed in black. That image challenged the world to deal with a new face of terror. And it tested one American family.


Filmmaker: Brian Oakes
Year: 2016
Runtime: 112 mins
Country: USA
Format: HD



Seen through the lens of filmmaker Brian Oakes, Foley’s close childhood friend,Jim takes us 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.

On Thanksgiving Day 2012, Jim Foley was kidnapped in Syria and went missing for two years. Thrown into a world of false leads and misinformation, the Foley family was threatened with prosecution by the U.S. government if they paid a ransom. In Oakes’s gut-wrenching film, Foley’s family, friends, and fellow journalists tell Jim’s story, while his fellow hostages reveal the details of captivity with chilling immediacy. Brilliantly constructed with unparalleled access, Jim is a harrowing chronicle of bravery, compassion, and pain at the dawn of World War ISIS.


"An important reminder of why we need conflict journalists" ★★★★ Little White Lies

★★★★ Time Out

"An incredibly moving and human portrait" - The Observer

"Gripping" - Variety

"Incredibly moving" - Indiewire. The Playlist


Brian Oakes is a filmmaker and creative director from Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. His motion graphics work has premiered at the Sundance Film Festival with Wordplay, I.O.U.S.A, These Amazing Shadows, and Hot Coffee. His other film and television work includes LennoNYC, Freakonomics, Inequality for All, Finding Vivian Maier, and Living with Lincoln. Brian received his BFA in communication design from Syracuse University, and he lives in Brooklyn, New York. Jim marks Brian’s feature-film directorial debut.


Director: Brian Oakes

Producer: Eva Lipman, George Kunhardt and Teddy Kunhardt

Executive Producer: Peter Kunhardt

Editor: Aleks Gezentsvey

Music: Dan Romer, Saul Simon MacWilliams and Osei Essed

Director of Photography: Clair Popkin


Emmy Award for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking

Sundance Film Festival - winner of the Audience Award for US documentary


Sundance Film Festival World premiere

Sheffield Doc/Fest UK premiere


Prix Bayeux- France

NIFF- New Zealand

Moscow International Film Festival - Russia