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This short, nominated for an Academy Award in the category of
Documentary Short, is a look back at the life and death of South
African photo-journalist Kevin Carter, done some ten years after his
suicide shortly after he won a Pulitzer Prize for a photo he took of a
skeletal girl who was struggling to reach a feeding station, all the
while being shadowed by a vulture. The photo is very stark and
disconcerting. Controversy erupted when a great many people attacked
him for not putting down his camera and personally getting her to the
feeding station himself.
After seeing this documentary, I can only say this: I wasn't in Kevin Carter's position. I do not know with any great certainty what I would have done in his position and I cannot condemn him for not forgetting his job, dropping his camera and helping the girl, because I don't know the circumstances. At the time, he was in an unstable area in the midst of a war. I do not know what was going on, I don't know how near the feeding station was (if it was close enough for Carter to be expected to get her safely there, then do the same people who accuse Carter of failure to render aid also hold the staff at the feeding station equally guilty for not trying to have someone sweep the area to help starving people nearby reach the station? After all, if it's safe enough for Carter to take the time to help the girl, is it not safe enough to patrol the area to help those in need as well?) and I cannot say for certain that he could have done anything to save the girl in any case.
If nothing else, this documentary will haunt me because of something Kevin Carter's daughter said regarding her father's death. I will not repeat her remarks here, as they should be seen and heard directly.
Very troubling piece and well worth seeing. Recommended.
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