When a situation is extremely difficult, often one keeps filming. It’s not possible to take on board entirely what’s going on. When it comes back to you — when it really sinks in — is when you have quiet time afterwards. Then you can reflect on what’s happened. That may be a ten-minute break in a firefight, or it may be on the long walk home.
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Jon Alpert is an award-winning reporter and documentary filmmaker whose recent work includes "Baghdad ER" and "Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq," directed and filmed with Matthew O'Neill for HBO. Alpert is also a co-founder and co-director of the Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV).
The U.S. military is sending troops with serious psychological problems into Iraq and is keeping soldiers in combat even after superiors have been alerted to suicide warnings and other signs of mental illness, a Courant investigation has found. Originally published in the Hartford Courant, May 2006.
"Return to Sarajevo" was produced by the BBC and syndicated on US stations. The winning team includes correspondent Allan Little and producers Peter Burdin and Philippa Goodrich.
Leon Malherbe, 42, camera producer for Reuters, has covered many of the major international conflicts of the past 15 years, starting in 1990 with anti-apartheid clashes in South African townships. From there, he reported on civil wars in Angola and Mozambique, the arrival of U.S. troops in Somalia, the Rwandan genocide and civil war in the Congo. In between, he also covered the wars in Yugoslavia.
Through the window of an airplane about to land in Rwanda, the verdant mountains and lush foliage below appear as a slice of paradise on earth. But those familiar with the history of this central African nation know that its past is far from heavenly.