The world rarely sees the challenges and dangers faced by native reporters reporting from conflict regions such as Afghanistan, Eritrea, Iran, Pakistan and Uganda.
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), Sheridan College and Willing Mind Productions present "So Far From Home" an OMNI Television documentary film that offers a unique window in to the world of five journalists who did report from these dangerous places.
These journalists worked without a safety net; they had no international media organisation to rescue them when their reporting led to threats by factions or governments who did not want these stories told. The five were forced to flee, often leaving behind families and loved ones. Director Kabelik says "their pursuit of truth garnered them no awards, instead it forced them into exile."
"So Far From Home" documents the journalists' experiences, their efforts to come to terms with their past and their struggle to build a future in Canada.
Following the film there will be a panel discussion with several of the journalists featured in the film, moderated by CBC Radio's Anna Maria Tremonti.
MC: Anna Maria Tremonti, Host of "The Current", CBC Radio
Film Director, Vladimir Kabelik
Exiled journalists: Aaron Berhane, Mir Mahdavi, Nik Kowsar, Mike Odongkara
WHEN:Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Reception sponsored by Sheridan starts at 6:30 pm/Program & Film 7:15 pm
WHERE: Signy & Cléophée Eaton Theatre
Royal Ontario Museum - South Entrance, 100 Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario
TICKETS: Tickets are $10 in advance, and $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available from the CJFE office by calling (416) 515-9622 x.231.
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