The Reporter - Ben Affleck's documentary on the DRC


The Reporter premieres at the Sundance Film Festival this week as 2000 Rwandan troops cross into the Democratic Republic of Congo. Last month, DR Congo and Rwanda agreed to take joint action against the FDLR militia, whose leaders have been linked to the 1994 Rwandan genocide.  I want to see this film...hopefully there will be a screening in NYC soon.

The following is Sundance's description of the documentary, The Reporter.

As focused as this superbly conceived examination of New York Times reporter Nicholas D. Kristof is on its subject, filmmaker Eric Daniel Metzgar has a much greater arena in mind in this multilayered exploration of journalism than just the work and impact of the Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist. That journalism, at least as we have known it, is undergoing a massive transformation is certainly no secret, but Metzgar amplifies this limited insight with a fully fleshed-out portrait of the importance of real news gathering in enabling democratic nations to function and illuminating a world in chaos. Tracking Kristof as he traveled during the summer of 2007 to the Congo to report on the conflict and desperate poverty besieging that African republic in an attempt to put this crisis on the international radar, as he did with his articles on Darfur, the film immerses us in a discussion of the ways this kind of reportage reaches the public, effects change, and creates a humanitarian response.It is far too simple minded to see virulently opinionated blogging and brainless infotainment overtaking and defining the future of knowledge and understanding, but the crisis in journalism is real, and this sophisticated, analytical, and lyrically heartbreaking account should become required viewing for anyone who cares about the future of ideas.

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