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War Photographer

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Original title
War Photographer
Running time
95 min.
Switzerland Switzerland
Christian Frei
Eleni Karaindrou, Arvo Pärt, David Darling
Christian Frei, Peter Indergand, Hanna Abu Saada
Documentary, Self:
Christian Frei
Documentary. War | Journalism. Photography
A film about the American photographer James Nachtwey, about his motivation, his fears and his daily routine as a war photographer. If we believe Hollywood pictures, war photographers are all hard-boiled and cynical old troopers. How can they think about 'exposure time' in the very moment of dread? James Nachtwey is no rumbling swaggerer, but an unobtrusive man with gray hair and the deliberation of a lecturer in philosophy. A thoughtful, rather shy person. But many people think of him as the bravest and best war photographer ever. Without a doubt he is the busiest. In the past twenty years he has not missed a single war. And he probably has seen more suffering and dying than anyone else of our time. After the world-wide success of the documentary "Ricardo, Miriam y Fidel", Swiss author, director and producer Christian Frei followed James Nachtwey for two years into the wars in Indonesia, Kosovo, Palestine... Christian Frei used special micro-cameras attached to James Nachtwey's photo-camera. We see a famous photographer looking for the decisive moment. We hear every breath of the photographer. For the first time in the history of movies about photographers, this technique allowed an authentic insight into the work of a concerned photo-journalist.
Rankings Position
2001: Nominated for Oscar: Best Documentary
2001: Swiss Film Awards: Nominated for Best Documentary
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