This documentary film examines the role of Western media in conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Israel and the Palestinian regions. Reporter-turned-director John Pilger focuses on the practice of embedding journalists in military units which has facilitated the deterioration of objective war reporting. Featuring several journalists, photographers, and historians, this film explores the role of journalism as a public relations tool and a weapon of change. Nominated for the ‘Documentary Award’ at the 2011 One World Media Awards, it has been highlighted as an important critique of the role of media in international affairs.
The War You Don’t See (2010)
Thursday, March 2, 7:00 PM
Community Foundation Theater, Gund Gallery
About the Series:
Aftermath seeks to confront the impact of war on populations directly affected by it, and the environments in which they live. The films chosen to depict these realities span various genres and themes. While the documentary film The War You Don’t See complicates the role of the media in the perception of war in the Middle East, alternatively The Square shows a more authentic and local experience of the uprising in Egypt. Persepolis, selected to be part of the Dinner and a Movie series, diverges from these two documentary style films as it is an animated coming of age story that chronicles the experiences of an Iranian girl during the war in the 1970s. All of these films touch on different perceptions of the experience of war by civilian populations.
Aftermath is organized by the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida and made possible by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Harn 25th Anniversary Fund, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the Joanne L. and Edward R. Block Charitable Trust, with additional support from the Harn Curator of Photography Endowment.
Gund Gallery exhibitions and public programs are supported, in part, by the Gund Gallery Board of Directors and the Ohio Arts Council.