"Powerful...A valuable addition to studies of war journalism." - The Hollywood Reporter
"Exhilarating" - Entertainment Weekly
A World in Conflict Through A Lens
A 4-part Documentary Series from Award-Winning Filmmaker Michael Mann
In Stores May 7, 2013 from HBO Home Entertainment®
New York, N.Y., February 8, 2013 - Witness, a searing and groundbreaking 4-part HBO Documentary Films® series, offers "an immersive experience" (The Denver Post) into present-day conflict zones in Mexico, Libya, South Sudan and Brazil, as shown through the lens of three war photographers. Carrying viewers to the heart of the human drama in war-torn areas, the film explores what compels our current generation of photojournalists to get closer to battle when everyone else seeks cover. Executive produced by Michael Mann (four-time Academy Award® nominee for The Insider and The Aviator) and acclaimed commercial and documentary director David Frankham, Witness will debut on DVD May 7, 2013 for the suggested retail price of $19.98.
Some of the world's most dangerous places are never declared war zones, but cities and regions where drug trafficking, poverty, gang violence, political corruption and ethnic warfare have combined to create the most violent hotspots on Earth. In these areas, turmoil is often so volatile that major news organizations have left, or dare not go in at all. Only a handful of photojournalists remain, armed with just their cameras, to document the atrocities and attempt to make sense of the complicated issues that perpetuate in these locations. Witnessfollows three young combat photographers - Eros Hoagland, who explores the gang-and-drug related violence in both Juarez, Mexico and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Michael Christopher Brown, who chronicles escalating ethnic tensions in the wake of Gaddafi's ouster last year in Libya; and Véronique de Viguerie, who follows the "Arrow Boys" and their struggle against Gen. Kony in South Sudan - as they struggle to capture a small piece of the truth in the moment.
The three photojournalists' work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Paris Match, The Guardian and many other publications.
WITNESS: A World in Conflict Through A Lens
Street Date: May 7, 2013
Order Date: April 2, 2013
Runtime: Approx. 187 minutes
Price: $19.98 SD SRP
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