Conflict | Reportage: On the Scene at EIFF

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EIFF's brand new Conflict | Reportage strand brings war reporting to the big screen

Alongside big events like The Lion King 3D, Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon, and the Nokia Shorts Weekender, EIFF is also exploring modern warfare and innovations in frontline journalism through the Conflict | Reportage initiative. The initiative is proudly presented in association with the Frontline Club and UK National Armed Forces Day.

The Frontline Club is in attendance with 5 fantastic events exploring conflict and its representation in news and the media. Tickets to all Frontline Club events are £6 / £5 concessions.

Frontline Club: Inigo Gilmore - Convering Conflict
5pm, Friday 24 June in Filmhouse 1
Martin Bell and Inigo Gilmore will be present to share their experiences covering conflict in Egypt, Libya and Haiti.
With over 30 years of experience in the field, Martin Bell is one of the most distinguished foreign correspondents of his generation. He joins award-winning independent war journalist Inigo Gilmore, who works on his own to bring the world some of the most powerful, and important reports from areas of conflict from across the globe. These two very different generations of reporter share their perspectives on covering the world's main news stories - and the importance of returning when they have dropped from the headlines.

Frontline Club: Vaughan Smith Double Bill
5.45pm, Friday 24 June in Filmhouse 3
Vaughan Smith opened the Frontline Club, an institution to champion high quality journalism, in 2003. Vaughan is also an award-winning independent cameraman and video news journalist who has covered wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Chechnya and Kosovo for Frontline Television News during the 90’s. A former British Army officer, Vaughan was shot twice but escaped both times with light injuries. We are pleased to have Vaughan as our honoured guest, and are screening a double bill of his documentary films; 'Shooting Robert King' and his latest film 'Blood and Dust', followed by a Q&A with the man himself.

Frontline Club: Martin Bell presents Salvador
12.15pm, Saturday 25 June in Filmhouse 3
A screening of two war films: Dustin Grella's Prayers for Peace and Oliver Stone's war documentary Salvador will be screened. Following the screening, Martin Bell returns for a Q&A. Bell, who was in the field in El Salvador during the exact time period depicted in the film, will comment on the film and his take on events.

Frontline Club: Future of War Reporting
12.15pm, Sunday 26 June in Filmhouse 1
In this exploration of representations of war in the media, three of our foremost photojournalists Danfung Dennis, Teru Kuwayama and Balazs Gardi demonstrate their innovative use of technology. From the connection between troops on the ground with Facebook in Basetrack, to the immersive filmmaking experiences involved with Condition ONE, the three are developing entirely new paradigms through which to inform society, which will form the future of how we experience news.

Frontline Club: Teru Kuwayama and Balazs Gardi: Information Operators: new journalists, working with troops on the ground
2.35pm, Sunday 26 June in Filmhouse 1
A social media reporting project, connecting troops on the ground to the rest of the world. Teru Kuwayama is the founder of Basetrack, a social media reporting project that used iPhones and Facebook to convey the experiences of Marines in Afghanistan to their families and a broader public. Teru and Basetrack contributor, Balazs Gardi, will discuss their experiences embedded with military forces over the past decade and their efforts to open the parameters of reporting and journalism.

Along with these screenings and in-person events, EIFF will be screening the Joint UK Premiere of Hell and Back Again on Saturday and Sunday.

Each screening of the film will be followed by panel discussions with the film’s director Danfung Dennis; ex-army captain and founder of the Frontline Club Vaughan Smith; Former Major-General Andrew Mackay CBE; clinical psychologist Lucy Abraham; and Jess Search CEO of the Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation, which provided initial funding for the film.

Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone on 0131 228 2688 or in person at Filmhouse and Festivalhouse@Teviot.

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