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A drama based on the true-life experiences of four combat photographers capturing the final days of apartheid in South Africa.

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Ken Oosterbroek
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A drama based on the true-life experiences of four combat photographers capturing the final days of apartheid in South Africa.

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Kevin Carter's daughter Megan Carter is featured in the bar scene where she turns around and says 'you must be Ken Oosterbroek'. Standing next to her there is Kevin Carter's step daughter Sian Lloyd. See more »

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In the film Kevin Carter plays the song "Just" by Radiohead on his radio show. However the song was released in 1995 after Kevin's death. See more »

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Kevin Carter: They're right. All those people who say it's our job to just sit and watch people die. They're right.
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Visceral and realistic tribute
18 August 2012 | by (Toronto, ON) – See all my reviews

I lived in Johannesburg, working for the Independent Electoral Commission during this period, on a leave of absence from the print media. This is a true-to-life (if slightly glamorized) depiction of a group of fearless and dedicated photographers who probably ultimately defused a potential civil war by their heroic reporting.

Glamorized in that they were a grungier bunch (see the photos in the credits at the end), who took far greater risks than portrayed in the movie. I dare say that the public would not have believed a more accurate story.

Anyone who is interested in the history of Southern Africa should watch this. Nearly 20 years later, it still leaves me shaken.

Also good to see South African actors in the movie, even if most of the leads were imports.


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