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A Good Day to Die, Hoka Hey (2016)

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This is the story of a man's bravery to cover the world at war, and what it takes to get images published for the world to see. This is Jason P. Howe's story of survival and change.

Director:

Harold Monfils

Writers:

Harold Monfils, Mariam Hashim (story editor)
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Credited cast:
Roger Arnold Roger Arnold ... Himself - Photojournalist
Connie Booth ... Polly Sherman (archive footage)
Seamus Conlan Seamus Conlan ... Himself - Founder WPN
David Eades David Eades ... Himself (archive footage)
Hector Emanuel Hector Emanuel ... Himself - Photojournalist
Matthew Fearn Matthew Fearn ... Himeself - Picture Editor, The Daily Telegraph
Cpl. Goode Cpl. Goode ... Himself (voice)
Thomas Harding Thomas Harding ... Himself - Former Defence Correspondent
Eros Hoagland Eros Hoagland ... Himself - Photojournalist
Jason P. Howe Jason P. Howe ... Himself - Photojournalist
Karen Maron Karen Maron ... Herself - Journalist
Tim Page Tim Page ... Himself - War Photographer
Catherine Philp Catherine Philp ... Herself - Foreign Correspondent
Jerome Starkey Jerome Starkey ... Himself - Foreign Correspondent
Aj Vickers Aj Vickers ... Himself - Former British Soldier
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What is the first thing you think of when the guy behind you gets his legs blown off? What time is it when it hits 'bomb o'clock'? How do you fall for a woman, who then reveals herself as an assassin? Hoka Hey is a narrative feature, 5 years in the making, documenting the life story and extraordinary adventures of British conflict photographer, Jason P. Howe. He survived 12 years on the front-line of four wars, capturing images of humanity at war, its suffering, and cultures in disarray. His work has been showcased in many of the world's best-known publications, such as The New York Times, The Telegraph, Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and many others. It all started with a self-funded trip to Colombia into an area synonymous with drug trafficking and violence. Documenting the brutal war between the left-wing rebel group, FARC, their sworn enemies the military, and the right-wing paramilitary groups, Jason gained the trust of all sides of this scarcely reported war - putting him in a ... Written by KS

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Jason P. Howe's story of survival and change


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Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

16 June 2017 (UK) See more »

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Hoka Hey See more »

Filming Locations:

Afghanistan See more »

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Budget:

$980,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Surround 7.1

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Color (HD)| Black and White (original 35 mm prints)

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1.85 : 1
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Jason P. Howe - Photojournalist: ...one day she actually pointed a pistol at my face and said why aren't you scared of me?
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Sobering, respectful, and a testament to the madness of man
25 January 2018 | by kubhaerSee all my reviews

With the subject matter being so graphic and visceral, it's very easy for any doco on conflict to turn into some kind of war porn extravaganza but I'm very happy to say that "A GOOD TO DIE, HOKA HEY" was not that.

In fact, my wife and I were stuck by how the whole film was very reserved, and handled the sensitive subject matter with care and respect. I felt that Jason showed a vulnerable and human side to himself, wracked by years of conflict photography.

It is a very sobering film, and makes you realise how dangerous, silly, and REAL war is.

I was very impressed that the director and writer managed to string together a very strong and cogent thread from Jason's body cam / helmet cam footage. This is often a very difficult task, and they achieve it brilliantly. It feels like the footage has been shot for the purpose of the film, which is not the case. It often feels sometimes like the viewer is the one wearing the helmet, thus immersing themself in the battlefield and within Jason's story.

Jason Howe isn't deified in this film, and neither is he absolved from his own complicity in the consumption of war. He admits it openly. It is a good film about a flawed man, and worth your time.


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