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7:30 pm Screening begins
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The Picture that fooled the World
In the summer of 1992, a shocking picture from Bosnia went around the world like wildfire : it shows an emaciated Bosnian Muslim named Fikret Alic behind the barbed wire of a Bosnian-Serb camp in Trnopolje. He is stripped to the waist, his ribs are protruding.
The picture was taken from a videotape shot on August 5, 1992, by an award-winning British television team led by Penny Marshall of ITN. Marshall was accompanied by her cameraman Jeremy Irvin, Ian Williams of Channel 4, and reporter Ed Vulliamy from The Guardian newspaper.
It was shown for the first time on the late-evening news of the private news channel "Independent Television News" (ITN) in London shortly after 10 p.m. on August 6th, and overnight it became the symbol of the atrocities of the war in Bosnia.
Four and a half years later, it turns out that the media, politics, and the public have been deceived with this picture. It is a proven fact that it is not the group of Muslim men with Fikret Alic that are surrounded by barbed wire, but rather the British reporters. They were standing on a lot to the south of the camp. As a preventive measure against thieves, this lot was surrounded with barbed wire before the war.
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
"The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," is a remarkable documentary by two Irish filmmakers that is playing in theaters on its way to HBO. It is remarkable because the filmmakers, Kim Bartley and Donnacha O'Briain, had access to virtually everything that happened within the palace during the entire episode. They happened to be in Caracas to make a doc about Chavez, they had access to his cabinet meetings, they were inside the palace under siege, they faced a tense deadline after which it would be bombed, they stayed after Chavez gave himself up to prevent the bombing, they filmed the new government, and there are astonishing shots such as the one where Chavez's men, now back in power, go down to the basement to confront coup leaders who have been taken prisoner.
Why no one on either side thought to question the presence of the TV crew is a mystery, but they got an inside look at the coup -- before, during and after -- that is unique in film history.