War Photographer: An Antidote to Indifference?

Thursday, June 26, 2003
CJFE Presents Award-Winning Documentary at its First Movie Night June 26, 2003 - Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) present their first movie night at the Bloor Cinema in Toronto on July 9, 2003, at 6:30 pm. The event features the award-winning documentary, War Photographer, which follows the 25-year career of James Nachtwey, whose stunning photo essays continue to move people around the world. After the film, Maclean's Chief Photographer Peter Bregg and Toronto Star Photographer Bernard Weil will lead a short panel discussion on the role of the news photographer as witness to war. The 90-minute film tracks Nachtwey from Kosovo to Ramallah to Jakarta on his mission to photograph humanity at its worst. Director Christian Frei attached a tiny video device to Nachtwey's camera to create an intimate perspective of the chaos and tragedy his images convey. Nachtwey's belief that photography can serve as an antidote to war drives the film and his career. "War Photographer seemed like a perfect choice for our first movie night," said CJFE Executive Director, Joel Ruimy. "Recent conflicts around the world, especially the war in Iraq, have changed the way we see and understand war coverage. This film really brings that home and raises some hard questions." Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor St. W), Pages Bookstore (256 Queen St. W.) and at CJFE offices (489 College St. Suite 403). Doors open at 6 pm and the film starts at 6:30. CJFE is an association of journalists and others committed to preserving and promoting free expression and press freedom in Canada and around the world. All profits from the movie night will support CJFE's Journalists in Exile (JEX) program. JEX is a group of over 50 foreign journalists who fled to Canada to escape persecution. For more information, please contact Tariq Hassan-Gordon at (416) 515-9622 or at cjfe@cjfe.org

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