Troubles We've Seen: A History of Journalism in Wartime

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Troubles We've Seen: A History of Journalism in Wartime

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Troubles We've Seen: A History of Journalism in Wartime is a 1994 documentary filmed by Marcel Ophuls during two journeys to Sarajevo in 1993. It was originally filmed in French, titled Veillees d'armes, and consists of three parts, with a total run time of almost four hours. Using the war in Bosnia as the starting point, Ophuls scrutinizes the many ethical and moral issues journalists face when reporting on wartime conflicts, along with the dangers and rewards. Intriguing questions are explored, such as whether a reporter should get involved in what they are seeing, or if faking a shot to advance an important story is ever justifiable. With a mixture of original footage, film clips, and interviews, Ophuls considers the tendency of Western media to simplify war reports and how the news coverage impacts the conflicts and history itself. Interview subjects include French and American journalists who report in both news media and television, such as famed war correspondents Martha Gellhorn, John Burns of the New York Times, and CNN's Christiane Amanpour.moreless

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Documentary

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Foreign Language, Military & War, History