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The Bang Bang Club (2010)

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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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Vivian (as Lika van den Bergh)
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Alf Khumalo (as Alf Khumalo)
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Jim (James Nachtwey)
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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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Rated R for strong brutal violence, disturbing images, pervasive language, some drug use and sexual content | See all certifications »

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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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When Greg Marinovich and Joao Silva are reviewing Kevin Carter's film of the vulture and child, the negatives they view through the magnifier are actually halftone images, not normal negatives that one would be examining before publication. (Halftones are the "dotted" images used to print photographs in newspapers and magazines, etc.) 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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Photos taken by the real photographers, including portraits of each other, are used as a backdrop during the first section of the credits. The taking of some of these photographs is portrayed in the film itself. See more »

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Featured in The Hour: Episode #7.81 (2011) See more »

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Addicted to You
Written by Carl Raubenheimer
Performed by Illegal Gathering
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A brilliant movie!
30 July 2012 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

Back in 1994, South Africa Nelson Mandela has just been released and in the last months, bloody apartheid tensions have gradually increased. The tribal sects, with the support of the white government, preach bloody war between them and so the streets of Soweto echoing gunfire, creating a war scene. In all this, there is the Bang Bang Club,a group of four (white) photographers that were always in the midst of gunfire for achieving the best photo shot, which will give them fame, money and professional recognition. To my opinion, it is not about the politics. It is about the profession of street photographer, hunting the hot news, even like a war correspondent. This movie reveals the difficulties, challenges and dangers involved in the occupation; it reflects the gradual deprecation of every human emotion, for succeeding into the upper goal, to get the right photo-shot, the one to be published. The movie, based on true stories, also reveals the true story behind the shocking Pulitzer winner - photo taken at Africa, showing a malnourished child ready to be ruptured by a vulture that is lurking. It is the struggle of photographers to bring news to people same time struggling with their emotions to remain professional and block all other hesitations or emotions. Having already watched film twice, would go for a third one!


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