Director Ramona Diaz and journalist Maria Ressa discuss their struggles to make A Thousand Cuts, a film about the autocratic president of the Philippines.
“It all goes back to Silicon Valley,” Ressa adds. A Thousand Cuts follows the Philippines 2019 legislative elections, when for the first time in 80 years, the opposition failed to secure even a single seat. It illuminates the Duterte government’s use of propaganda and social media to lie to their citizens, obscuring what many of them know to be the truth. This “post-truth” reality is one many people are now far too familiar with, even outside the Philippines. “When Facebook sells our most vulnerable data to the highest bidder, we no more have facts to hold each other accountable by. Accountability from the tech companies is a prerequisite to claim our democracies back. You do not have democracy if you don’t have facts,” Ressa asserts. In one scene, Duterte tells a Rappler journalist, “You will be allowed to criticize us. But you will go to jail for your crimes.” I was immediately reminded of the likes of Gauri Lankesh and Vikram Joshi, journalists back home in India who were murdered for speaking out against the country’s Hindu nationalist government.
Documentary "Shooting the Mafia" profiles Italian photographer Letizia Battaglia, noted for chronicling the lives of underworld figures.
“The camera changed my life,” says Italian photojournalist Letizia Battaglia, the incredibly compelling subject of veteran documentarian Kim Longinotto’s “Shooting the Mafia.” Before Battaglia picked up a camera at age 40, she was a teenage bride who raised three daughters and endured a rocky marriage. When she walked into the local newspaper in her hometown of Palermo, Sicily, looking for work, she found her calling as a photojournalist, chronicling the Mafia War in Sicily and its high-profile trials.
French photojournalist Camille Lepage was just 26 when she was killed covering the armed conflict in the Central African Republic, a country riven by violence between largely Muslim rebel groups an…
It was only after Lepage’s death that her story caught the attention of French filmmaker Boris Lojkine, whose sophomore narrative feature, “Camille,” will have its world premiere on the Piazza Grande during the Locarno Film Festival. Starring Nina Meurisse and based on extensive research with Lepage’s family, friends and colleagues, the film is both a moving coming-of-age story about a young photographer finding her artistic voice and a thoughtful exploration of the ethical challenges faced by war photographers in foreign lands.
A Marine videographer was tasked with recording positive spin in Afghanistan. But the camera kept rolling.
Lagoze found himself in a murky gray area of free speech and fair-use government products. U.S. citizens can already go on Pentagon-operated sites and download free military photos and video. Their tax dollars fund it, and federal government creations are not protected by copyright.
At the opening of A Private War a camera pulls out of a devastated landscape; the air is thick with dust and smoke, rubble covers the streets, buildings collapse – their windows are giant gaping holes. Over the war-torn scene of Homs in Syria, we hear jou
We speak to director Matthew Heineman about A Private War: his new film that pays tribute to the legendary journalist’s life. ‘If there was anything she was addicted to, it was the desire to tell these stories. I think if she felt no one else was going to do it, then she had to.’
The full length "Everybody Street" documentary film is now available on YouTube (with ads). You can also stream it for free on Amazon Prime Video (or purchase the DVD from Amazon): EVERYBODY STREET, directed by Cheryl Dunn ("102 Minutes that Changed Ameri
The emotional testimony of the war photographer Paul Conroy dominates this heated and harrowing account of Marie Colvin’s last weeks.
Piggybacking on the recent release of the based-on-real-life drama “A Private War,” “Under the Wire” — sewn together from on-the-spot footage and interviews with colleagues — drops us into conflict zones with disorienting immediacy. Our primary guide is Paul Conroy, the plain-spoken British photographer who partnered with Colvin and was severely injured in the 2012 rocket attack in Syria that killed her and another reporter outright.
A Film by Stephen Wilkes Before You Can See, You Have To look Who doesn’t know Jay Maisel? Many of look to Jay as the god of photography. He’s one of the most influential photographers I have ever met. His wisdom and words are never contrived but always
However, this is not what this article is about. It’s about Stephen Wilkes a very well known photographer who has also been an inspiration to me and many of my photographer friends. When Stephen learned that Jay was going to move out of this incredible building, he set out to tell the story of Jay and how this amazing piece of property grew into a legendary location.