Un­der Fire: Jour­nal­ists in Com­bat

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Wed­nes­day, 9.30pm, SBS One This af­fect­ing doc­u­men­tary is about the psychology of war re­port­ing. In their own words, jour­nal­ists and photo-jour­nal­ists speak of what it is like to work in a war zone. Cer­tainly it is a mov­ing por­trayal of skilled, passionate peo­ple who some­times risk ev­ery­thing for a great story or pho­to­graph. But it is also a cav­al­cade of the world’s deep­est mis­eries. There are sto­ries here that break the hearts of the tough­est cor­re­spon­dents. Over his own footage of war zones, Jon Steele reads from his book War Junkie. Christina Lamb, of The Sun­day Times, re­flects on her ex­pe­ri­ences in Afghanistan, Pak­istan, Su­dan and Iraq. As we see them, war pho­tog­ra­pher Fin­barr O’Reilly, pic­tured, dis­cusses the im­ages he has taken that mean most to him. We also see vi­sion of him as he doc­u­ments the hellish af­ter­math of a NATO strike in Libya. Not for the faint of heart.

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