In 2012, Sunday Times war correspondent, Marie Colvin and photographer, Paul Conroy arrived in Syria to tell the story of civilians trapped in Homs, a city under siege and relentless military attack from the Syrian army.
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On 13 February 2012, two journalists entered war-ravaged Syria. One of them was celebrated Sunday Times war correspondent, Marie Colvin. The other was photographer, Paul Conroy. Their aim was to cover the plight of Syrian civilians trapped in Homs, a city under siege and relentless military attack from the Syrian army. Only one of them returned. This is their story.
Very powerful, gripping commentary on Syria and on journalism
I've just seen this at the Aldeburgh documentary festival, followed by a Q&A with Paul Conroy, Lindsey Hilsum & Tom Brisley. A gripping documentary which charts the great Marie Colvin's last assignment. Most of us have no idea how impossibly difficult it was to get into non-state held Syria in 2012. This will show you. And it illustrates the importance of top quality journalism in any war or conflict. Paul Conroy says his assignment continues: to bring to the public consciousness of the world the slaughter of Syrians in 2012, and in making this film, he honours the memory of Marie Colvin, the oppressed Syrian people, and all journalists who have died in conflicts. Don't forget also all the other countless people who film the cameramen - this film is a great achievement, piecing together footage from all sorts of other cameramen. It couldn't be more topical. Add to this the extraordinary bravery of journalists, they might sometimes be foolhardy, but when things go wrong, there is no doubt that they risk everything to keep bringing out news as a matter of journalistic integrity.
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