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Dying to Tell the Story (1998)

TV Movie  |   |  Documentary, Biography, War  |  14 September 1998 (USA)
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This documentary studies the motivations of journalists dedicated enough to risk their lives for a story. We follow narrator Amy Eldon on a personal journey to find meaning in the death of ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Amy Eldon ...
Herself / Narrator / Interviewer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Corrine Dufka ...
Jacqueline Arzt Larma ...
Peter Magubane ...
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This documentary studies the motivations of journalists dedicated enough to risk their lives for a story. We follow narrator Amy Eldon on a personal journey to find meaning in the death of her older brother, 22-year-old Reuters photographer Dan Eldon. Dan was among a group of five journalists attacked by a mob during the Somali famine in 1993; he and three others were stoned to death. As she interviews other journalists and the sole surviving witness to Dan's death, we see her attain the peace she sought. Written by Aaron Barclay <>

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"The Journey is the Destination"
12 November 1999 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

A well done documentary that examines the motivation behind journalists in war zones. The film was made by Amy Eldon, who was the younger sister of Dan Eldon, a Reuters photographer killed during a Somalia riot in 1993 when he was 22 years old. In her attempt to understand what had happened to him and why he and countless other journalists take such risks, she travels back to Somalia to the place where her brother died.

A number of notable war journalists are interviewed, including Christine Amanpour, Corrine Dufka (who has twice been assigned to replace dead colleagues), and Peter Magubane (who was jailed and tortured for taking pictures during the height of the apartheid). From these interviews, one begins to understand the importance for such people in war zones, and why they continue to take the risks. The pictures they take and the stories they tell in this film are very sobering. When the movie was finished I sat breathless for a moment, and had to shake my head a bit to get myself focused. This is a very intense film that shows the reality of war and those who capture it on film.

I was drawn to this documentary after buying Dan Eldon's incredible book "The Journey is the Destination." After he was killed, a number of journals were found that he had kept ever since he was a child. I strongly recommend buying this book- its full of emotional and visually stunning collages. Its definitely one of my favorite books that is well worth the price. You can flip through it a million times and always get something new from it.

"Dying To Tell The Story" is certainly a worthwhile film. I'm not sure where its available (I think it was aired on t.v. a few years back or so) but I ordered mine from If you can find it, its definitely worth watching.

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