A Private WarDVD - 2019
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In war zones, parents go to bed at night not knowing if their children will see the morning. That is a measure of fear that I can never feel. But when you're covering a war, you have to go to places where you could be killed, or where others are being killed... Go there. ...and put one foot in front of the other, no matter how afraid you are, to make that suffering part of the record.
... they said there are lots of famous people who are blind in one eye. Um, Sammy Davis Jr. The bloke from Radiohead.
- James Joyce.
- Moshe Dayan.
Moshe Dayan. Oh! They all wore eye patches.
God, we used to go wherever we wanted. Hey, Norm. It's like they're drugging
the fzcking journalists.
I would call you a pussy, but pussies are tough as shxt.
He was always first in, last out. He was invincible.
-There are old journalists and there are bold journalists. There are no old and bold journalists. You said that.
What would you want that youngster to know about Marie Colvin and about being a war correspondent?
-Very difficult question. It's like writing, uh, your own obituary. I suppose to look back at it and say, you know, I cared enough to go to these places and write, in some way, something that would make someone else care as much about it as I did at the time. Part of it is you're never gonna get to where you're going if you acknowledge fear. I think fear comes later, when it's all over.
I need you in Palestine, not Sri Lanka.
-Sean, there is an unreported war there.
Yes, because journalists have been banned for more than six years. I can't let you go.
-Thousands of starving children.
If the government catches you, they'll kill you.
-Look, I have an interview with a Tamil rebel leader. Find someone else.
Of all the women in the world, I like spending time with you most. More than Condi Rice. Even though she's a strong woman of African origin.
He called his enemies rats. He targeted women and children. Yet it was Colonel Muammar Gaddafi who was cornered in a sewer pipe. Having never fought a war until now, his cruel dictatorship ended in ignominy and death. A big-game trophy brought down in the wild.
PTSD is what soldiers get.
-Come on, we both know you can get it from just witnessing a car accident.
Marie, when bad shit happens, your brain goes into shock. It... It locks the trauma in the same place you process emotions, which isn't where memories are meant to live. That's why it feels so present.
-Is that why you left the army?
No. I was court-martialed. Planted some hashish in my locker to get out.
-How long did it take you to get better?
A long bloody time. Marie, you've seen more war than most soldiers. You have to take it seriously.
The Syrian regime is claiming that they're not hitting civilians, that they're just going after terrorist gangs. But every civilian house has been hit. The top floor of the building I'm in has been totally destroyed. There are no military targets here. It is a complete and utter lie.
-Well, thank you for using the word " lie ". I think a lot of people wanna thank you, because it's a word we don't often hear, it's not often used, but it is the truth in this case. The Syrian regime, their representatives, have continually lied. They've lied on this program to us directly. Marie, I mean, you have covered a lot of conflicts over a long time. How does this compare?
This is the worst conflict I've ever seen. It's the worst because it was a peaceful uprising that was crushed by violence. ...
-From when you were in the field.
Yeah. Bosnia. Serb soldiers posing with decapitated heads. They seemed very pleased with themselves.
It's too dangerous to go out right now. The main offensive can start at any moment.
-Which is why you have to tell me where they are, so I can go out there before it starts.
- What about him?
He left for The Telegraph before you joined. I took his job.
- What is your point?
And then he was killed two years later in San Salvador. Joo Silva lost both legs at the knee in Kandahar while working for the New York Times. I was with him in Afghanistan. Safa Abu Seif.
- Who did he work for?
She was a 12-year-old Palestinian girl killed by a stray bullet that pierced her heart. I watched her parents hold her as she bled out. She was wearing pearl earrings. She probably thought she looked pretty that day. I see it, so you don't have to.
In covering war, can we really make a difference? The real difficulty is having
enough faith in humanity to believe that enough people will care when your story finally reaches them.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years, Sean?
-Haven't really thought about it.
Don't be English. Be honest.
-Well, in that case, I wanna be the most highly regarded, well-respected, award-winning editor Fleet Street's ever seen.
Why is it important, do you think, to see this images? Why is it important for you to be there? Right now you may be one of the only Western journalists in Homs. Our team (CNN) has just left.
-For an audience for which any conflict is very far away, this is the reality. There are 28,000 civilians, men, women and children, a city of the cold and hungry, starving, defenseless. There are no telephones. The electricity has been cut off...
We won't get to it if we're behind the American advance.
- It's not an option.
Well, no. We're going to Fallujah.
- It's too dangerous.
Everywhere's too dangerous.
Ladies and gentlemen, our Foreign Correspondent of the Year, known for racking up the largest sat phone bill in Sunday Times history,
It doesn't matter what type of plane just bombed a village. What is important
is the human cost of the act. People connect with people, so you find their stories, tell their stories, forget about the other stuff.
-You mean close your eyes?
-- She's already got one eye closed.
Look, this is the rough draft of history. You have to find the truth of it. If you lose that, you're not helping anybody here.
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