Thursday, 18 September
NEWS WARS WHAT S HAPPENING TO THE NEWS, Stephen Talbot, USA, 90’, INPUT
Third in the four-part Frontline series News War, a critical examination of the US news media, the film focuses on the economic pressures on television news divisions and daily newspapers, as well as the challenges and opportunities posed by the Internet. The film reviews the decline in TV news standards and confronts the president of ABC News with questions about his current programming. It goes on to investigate the promise and the shortcomings of news on the Web and goes inside the embattled newsroom of the Los Angeles Times, one of the few US newspapers still covering major national and international stories.
SOUTH ASIA PREMIERE TARGETS: REPORTERS IN IRAQ, Maziar Bahari, Canada, 47’
More journalists have already died in Iraq than were killed in the entire Vietnam War. Never before have journalists themselves become such a major target in a conflict. Few remain there and fewer still venture outside the Green Zone or work unembedded. Award-winning Iranian-Canadian filmmaker and war correspondent Maziar Bahari follows two journalists and their heart-stopping stories of covering the war in Iraq.
LISTEN LITTLE MAN, Tangella Madhavi, 30’, PSBT (Followed by discussion with Filmmaker)
The film explores the tradition of ragging through the experiences of those students who have protested against it. What unfolds is a connection between ragging and larger forms of violence in society, emerging from following orders without questioning them.
INDIA PREMIERE STONE SILENCE, Krzysztof Kopczynski, Poland, 51’
This gritty documentary investigates the 2005 incident in which a 29- year-old Afghan woman named Amina was stoned to death for the crime of adultery.
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‘Sky is the Limit’ Production Award, The Chicago Doc Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, DOK Leipzig Special Mention Award, Docudays.ua Honorary Diploma, 48th Cracow Film Festival
SOUTH ASIA PREMIERE MY COUNTRY, MY COUNTRY, Laura Poitras, USA, 90’