Join the Washington, D.C. Pro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. at the Newseum for a free showing and discussion of the film Freelancers—Mexico, the first in a planned documentary series about the daring freelance journalists who work in some of the most challenging countries in the world.
Following the 54-minute film, stay for a discussion with film director Bill Gentile, an Emmy Award-winning veteran foreign correspondent, associate producer Matt Cipollone, Tracy Wilkinson, a foreign affairs correspondent for The Los Angeles Times and Fernando Pizarrom the Washington Affiliates correspondent for the Univision Television Group.
Admission to the film and discussion is free. Those wanting to tour the Newseum before or after the showing will need to pay museum admission. Seating is limited and registration is required. Register .
About the Film:
Daring and tech-savvy freelance journalists are filling the void left by news media cutbacks to cover some of the most challenging and complex countries in the world. These determined reporters, photographers, filmmakers and fixers often struggle to bring critical issues to light as they operate without the traditional support or security of staff correspondents during an era when the news media is often under attack. Freelancers—Mexico looks at the lives and work of freelancers working in Mexico where at least 175,000 people, including more than 100 newspeople, have died in the drug war. See the film trailer here.
The documentary includes:
Ioan Grillo, British freelancer for The New York Times and Time Magazine, who has covered the drug war for the past 15 years;
David Agren, Canadian freelancer for USA Today and The Guardian, who is covering the Mexican elections;
Janet Jarman, a freelance U.S. filmmaker whose clients include The New York Times for which she has produced a documentary on women’s reproductive health.
The film will be shown in The Newseum Documentary Theater, Concourse Level, 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 2001