UNA-NY Screening the Issues

Under Fire: Journalists in Combat

Please join us for this special screening followed by
a discussion with

Author, investigative reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner



Friday, July 13, 2012
6:30 - 7:00 p.m. | Registration and Cash Bar
Screening begins promptly at 7:00 p.m.

The Tribeca Grand Hotel
2 Avenue of the Americas (between White and Walker Streets)
New York, NY



UNA Members: $10
UNA Student Members: FREE
Guests and Non-Members: $15

Only two journalists were killed in World War I. Sixty-three journalists were killed in World War II. In the last two decades almost a journalist a week has been killed, with the dead numbering in the thousands. The conclusions are obvious. Journalism in times of war has become an increasingly lethal endeavor and extremely traumatic as journalists are now viewed as natural targets by combatants, subject to kidnapping, torture and even beheadings.

With journalists facing these new realities, UNDER FIRE: JOURNALISTS IN COMBAT weaves together combat footage and first-hand accounts by the journalists who were there to reveal what they see, think and feel as they confront the physical danger and savagery of war. While Variety reported that "UNDER FIRE reckons with its subject in straightforward but engrossingly tough-minded fashion," The Christian Science Monitor's Peter Rainer asked, "Is it worth it in the end to lose your life for a picture? An even larger question: How moral is it to depict as a profession the suffering of others? The fame and honor that sometimes come with their work do not seem to be the motivating forces behind these men and women."

Following our screening of this 2012 Academy Award short-listed film by Martyn Burke, we will have a discussion with reporter David Rohde.

David Rohde is an American author and investigative journalist for Thomson Reuters. While a reporter for The Christian Science Monitor, he won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 1996 for his coverage of the Srebrenica massacre. From July 2002 until December 2004, he was co-chief of the Times' South Asia bureau, based in New Delhi, India. He shared a second Pulitzer Prize for Times 2008 team coverage of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

One unenviable yet remarkable career highlight: while in Afghanistan, Rohde was kidnapped by members of the Taliban in November 2008. He managed to escape in June 2009 after seven months in captivity.

NOTE: Only UNA-NY Members have guaranteed seating to all our Screening the Issues film events, and attend for free or pay the discounted Members' admission, while UNA-NY Student Members attend ALL events for free. Non-Members must purchase tickets in advance to guarantee their seats. While we do offer a pay-at-the-door policy for guests and non-members, our events are often sold-out, so we strongly encourage membership with UNA-NY to guarantee your seats! Why not take advantage?

UNA-NY is grateful for the generosity of the Tribeca Grand Hotel, for allowing our organization the consistent booking of their state of the art screening room for our film-talk series, Screening the Issues.

Nearest subway stations to access the Tribeca Grand Hotel area:
Canal Street station: A, E, C trains
Franklin Street station: No. 1 train

Also close, but requires a little walk:
Canal Street Station station: N, Q, R, W trains

View the Tribeca Grand Hotel neighborhood map and more directions