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The Journey Is the Destination (2016)

R | | Drama | 18 April 2017 (USA)
Dan Eldon, who was only 22 when he was chased down and killed by an angry mob in Somalia, was one of the youngest photographic stringers in Africa. But his journalistic work, which had ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Kelly Macdonald ... Duff
Maria Bello ... Kathy
Ella Purnell ... Amy
Ben Schnetzer ... Dan
Sam Hazeldine ... O'Reilly
Abby Quinn ... Marte (as Abby Quinn Jackman)
Joshua Daniel Eady Joshua Daniel Eady ... Lengai (as Eady Joshua)
Yusra Warsama ... Saba
James Gracie ... Scott Peterson (as James Alexander)
Evan Marsh ... Chuck Marazzo
Gugun Deep Singh ... Mo Shaffi
Tanroh Ishida ... Eiji
Mpho Osei Tutu Mpho Osei Tutu ... Tanzanian Mechanic
Egidio Coccimiglio ... Italian journalist
Tom Fairfoot ... Reuters Chief


Dan Eldon, who was only 22 when he was chased down and killed by an angry mob in Somalia, was one of the youngest photographic stringers in Africa. But his journalistic work, which had appeared in Time and Newsweek, showed only a small part of his talent. Eldon excelled as an artist in his collages, which combined his photographs of Africa with paint, pastiche, pop culture images, advertising, and official documents. The Journey Is the Destination collects pages from the 17 scrapbooks that held his art. Chronicling his work from age 14 through his death at 22, this volume is startling not only in the intensity and thoughtfulness of the pages, but also in the fact that someone so young could have this kind of artistic depth and insight.

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Rated R for some bloody war images, and language including sexual references | See all certifications »






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Was originally titled Journey in 2008, with Daniel Radcliffe attached to play Dan Eldon. See more »

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An Amateurish Attempt Runs Scared of Politics
22 October 2017 | by mr-shaneleveneSee all my reviews

The life of Dan Eldon is a story and adventure and tragedy which has all the ingredients for a great film adaption. Sadly the director here was not the man to carry it off, running scared of global and sensitive politics and badly misjudging the aura that the art direction would cast over the film. It plays more like a Sunday morning teen safari report for some children's channel. The first hour or more is done so poorly that you could actually skip it without losing anything of the film. It is littered with cringe-worthy moments with actors who look no older than 14. The seriousness of a life of photojournalism and art in some of Africa's most poverty stricken and war-torn countries is completely overlooked in exchange for teenage safaris and soppy scenes of light kissing and rolling about. The film does improve a little when we finally get to Somalia, but is still a major disappointment and still cops out and purposely evades the sensitive issues of international politics, religion and culture which all combined to result in the death of 4 respected journalists. I just hope that if ever I get hacked to death that this director doesn't direct it. Give it a miss... You'll be missing nothing.

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