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Dying to Tell the Story (1998)

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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Kyra Thompson

Writer:

Kyra Thompson
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Amy Eldon Amy Eldon ... Herself / Narrator / Interviewer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christiane Amanpour ... Herself
Corrine Dufka Corrine Dufka ... Herself
Jacqueline Arzt Larma Jacqueline Arzt Larma ... Herself
Peter Magubane Peter Magubane ... Himself
Carlos Mavroleon Carlos Mavroleon ... Himself
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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 <aaronbarclay@hotmail.com>

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1998 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Somalia

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The best documentary I have EVER seen
5 September 2013 | by MrsFoxMulderSee all my reviews

Dying to tell the Story is so engaging that I have watched it hundreds of times and have yet to be bored. While its theme is a sister seeking answers to the death of her photojournalist brother, it is so much more. Journalists who range from the Bang, Bang Club photographers who were shooting during the height of apartheid to the world-renowned and much loved Christiane Amanpour are interviewed by Amy Eldon, sister of Dan Eldon who was stoned to death in Somalia.

Amy has a desire to know why her brother had to die to tell the story. His fellow journalists try to explain their need to do what they do. Each of their quests show us why they risk their lives to make sure we get the truth at any cost. From the daily conflicts in the Middle East to the seemingly never ending confrontations in Africa, we go with Amy Eldon as she seeks her answers.

Two photographers in the video have now lost their lives covering stories since the video was released. One lost both of his legs. And yet...they continue to make sure we learn the truth and see what is happening around the world where they are literally---Dying to Tell the Story.


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