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Reel Journalism Festival.

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    Reel Journalism: Screenings and Symposia
    “Journalism that makes a difference.”

    March 22-24, 2007

    Thursday, March 22
    7 p.m., Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre
    Narrated by award-winning journalist Christiane Amanpour, this HBO documentary tracks the parallel lives of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl and jihadi Omar Sheikh. Both are highly educated individuals from privileged backgrounds. One was a humanist who spent most of his career reporting from the Islamic world on a quest to promote cross-cultural understanding; the other was a mili tant who ultimately chose a deeply violent path. After 9/11, their paths crossed in Pakistan, with tragic consequences. The documentary explores the forces that led to the tragedy through the words of Pearl’s family, friends and colleagues, as well as FBI agents and State Department employees involved in negotiations for Pearl’s release, and those who knew Sheikh best, including former schoolmates and associates, the documentary explores the forces that led to the tragedy.

    Q & A after the film with Ahmed A. Jamal (filmmaker), as well as former colleagues and friends of Daniel Pearl — Asra Nomani (author and former Wall Street Journal reporter), and Jerry Seib (Wall Street Journal DC Bureau Chief. Moderated by Kevin McKiernan (journalist and member of the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma).

    TICKETS: Free (First come, first served seating)

    Followed by Opening Night Reception (Greenberg Lobby)

    Friday, March 23
    7 p.m., Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre
    Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, GOD GREW TIRED OF US explores the indomitable spirit of three “Lost Boys” from the Sudan who leave their homeland, triumph over seemingly insurmountable adversities and move to America, where they build active and fulfilling new lives but remain deeply committed to helping the friends and family they have left behind. The award-winning documentary also looks at the effe cts of the crisis in East Africa, which some believe continues to be ignored by many in the press.

    Pulitzer Center director and journalist Jon Sawyer traveled in early 2006 to Sudan. He spent a week with African Union peace monitors in Darfur, staying with soldiers in their camps and traveling by AU helicopters from the regional capitals of El Fasher and Nyala to remote regions along the Chad border. At a time when U.S. officials and American Darfur activists were focused on building pressure for a United Nations peacekeeping force, Sawyer’s reporting made the case that beefing up the existing African force was a quicker, surer route to protecting the people of Darfur. Sawyer reported his findings in newspaper and television reports and in a 20-minute video documentary.

    Q & A after films with John Bul Dau (Sudanese survivor featured in film), Emily Wax (Washington Post), Jon Sawyer (journalist/Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting). Moderator TBD.

    TICKETS: $5.00 students; $10.00 General Public

    Saturday, March 24
    3:30 p.m., Mark Wechsler Theater
    INVISIBLE CHILDREN is a documentary inspired by photojournalist Dan Eldon who died in 1993 covering the violence in Somalia. After learning about Eldon, three college students (Jason Russell, Bobby Bailey, and Laren Poole) went to Northern Uganda where they found thousands of people affected by the insurgency of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The resulting story focuses on the war’s effects on children, particularly child soldiers, who fled their homes nightly to escape abduction and traini ng by the LRA as soldiers. The children who run from their homes walk miles to find shelter in hospitals or bus parks – virtually anywhere far away from rebel camps.

    Q & A after film with Betty Bigombe (Uganda Peace Activist), Bill Gentile (photojournalist and AU SOC professor), Liz Magnusson and Jason Manion (student activists). Moderated by Alicia Shepard (author and AU SOC professor).

    TICKETS: Free (First come, first served seating)

    Saturday, March 24
    BLOOD DIAMOND (2006)
    7 p.m., Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre
    Set in 1990s Sierra Leone, Blood Diamond is the story of Danny Archer (Leon ardo DiCaprio), an ex-mercenary from Zimbabwe, and Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou), a Mende fisherman. Both men are African, but their histories and their circumstances are as different as any can be until their fates become joined in a common quest to recover a rare pink diamond, the kind of stone that can transform a life…or end it. They also meet Maddy Bowen (Jennifer Connelly), an idealistic American journalist who is in Sierra Leone to uncover the truth behind conflict diamonds, exposing the complicity of diamond industry leaders who have chosen profits over principles. Maddy seeks out Archer as a source for her article, but soon finds it is he who needs her even more.

    Q & A after film with Douglas Farah (journalist/author) Emira Woods (Institute for Policy Studies), and Charlene Hunter-Gault (journalist/TENTATIVE). Moderated by Frank Bond (Newseum).

    TICKETS: $5.00 students; $10.00 General Public

    Followed by Closing Night Reception (Greenberg Lobby).