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14 September 1998 (USA) See more »
This documentary studies the motivations of journalists dedicated enough to risk their lives for a story... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations See more »
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"The Journey is the Destination" See more (2 total) »


  (in credits order)
Amy Eldon ... Herself / Narrator / Interviewer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Christiane Amanpour ... Herself
Corrine Dufka ... Herself
Jacqueline Arzt Larma ... Herself
Peter Magubane ... Himself
Carlos Mavroleon ... Himself

Christian Bale ... Narrator / Dan Eldon (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Kyra Thompson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kyra Thompson 

Produced by
Jacoba Atlas .... supervising producer
Patricia Bischetti .... line producer
Amy Eldon .... associate producer
Kathy Eldon .... executive producer
Pat Mitchell .... executive producer
Vivian Schiller .... senior producer
Mike Thomas .... coordinating producer
Kyra Thompson .... producer
Victoria Waldock .... producer
Original Music by
Duncan Bridgeman 
Jamie Catto 
Cinematography by
Allan Palmer 
Film Editing by
Arnold Glassman 
Production Management
Lynn Gaines .... production manager
Jody Gottlieb .... production manager
Jackie Ogle .... production manager
Art Department
Terrence Foster .... property master
Camera and Electrical Department
Tal Ayalon .... camera operator
Guillaume Bonn .... camera operator
Trevor Hunter .... camera operator
Chris Openshaw .... camera operator
Andy Thompson .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Dirk Carlson .... on-line editor
Claire Scanlon .... assistant editor
Byron Shah .... assistant editor
Music Department
Duncan Bridgeman .... score producer
Jamie Catto .... score producer
Other crew
Lia Dosik Carney .... researcher (as Lia Dosik)
Bryan Donnell .... researcher
Jake Yearsley .... production assistant

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95 min
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
"The Journey is the Destination", 12 November 1999
Author: Pat-157 from New York, New York

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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