VIFF — A Private War
Marie Colvin is a hero. As a war correspondent, it was her mission to bear witness to the world’s atrocities, and give voice to those who had none. She did this, however, at great cost.
As one would expect, racing to the frontlines of war zones can take it’s toll. Not only did Marie lose an eye, and eventually her life, she also lost relationships, her mind once in a while, and even herself. Secondary or vicarious trauma, as it is called, is a real deal and her story illustrates it’s devastation.
Oscar-nominated director Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land) brings a gritty in-the-trenches documentary style to his narrative debut, harnessing the considerable powers of legendary cinematographer Robert Richardson (Inglourious Basterds) to illustrate the chaos Colvin routinely imbedded herself in.