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Bob Eisenhardt, Barbara Kopple, and Marijana Wotton have crafted a brutally honest, sometimes graphic video diary which documents the lives of five female career war reporters. It explores the grisly heights of the daily life threatening risks, the on-call demands of the job, and reexamines the choices of career versus family. The self-professed "war junkies" of Bearing Witness, who are all currently covering the war in Iraq, have each collected their own private and traumatic war stories. May Ying Welsh, a producer at Al Jazeera TV and self-described "American in love with Baghdad" experiences the bombing of her hotel during the course of this documentary. A camerawoman for CNN, Mary Rogers, recounts covering an uprising in Sierra Leone that ended with her being in the middle of gun battle and her colleagues being killed in an ambush only days later. Then there's Molly Bingham, a photographer who went from covering the war in Iraq, to becoming the story when she was arrested and locked in the city's infamous Abu Ghraib prison. But perhaps Marie Colvin, senior foreign correspondent for the Sunday Times of London, has suffered the most personal injury of the quintet because her wound is so evident: the eye-patch wearing Colvin shares how she nearly died from a grenade attack that resulted in the loss of an eye. Finally, Janine DiGiovanni, a foreign correspondent for UK's The Times, who juggles an international courtship that blossoms into marriage, faces a whole new quandary: Can a pregnant reporter really cover a war?
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[BEARI] | 2004 | 90 | Documentary Feature
Foreign Title: (Bearing Witness)
Language: English, Arabic
Premiere: New York
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Three-time Emmy Award winner Bob Eisenhardt has worked on over sixty films as a film editor, director, and producer. His recent films include Lightning in a Bottle, The Blues: Godfathers and Sons, American Standoff, produced by Barbara Kopple, which premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, and A Conversation with Gregory Peck. Barbara Kopple is a two-time Academy Award® winner for the feature documentaries, Harlan County USA and American Dream. Kopple's nonfiction films include My Generation, Wild Man Blues, about the European tour of Woody Allen and his New Orleans-style jazz band; and Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson. Marijana Wotton has over 10 years of production experience. She has worked both domestically and internationally for CNN, ABC, NBC, Quincy Jones Productions, and Magnum Films. Some locations of Wotton's productions include Iraq, Egypt, Palestine, and France. She served as an associate producer on Kopple's ABC mini-series The Hamptons.