“War Reporting: Filmmakers & Journalists on the Realities of War”

October 25, 2013 @ 1:00 am – 4:00 am
Carnegie Library Lecture Hall
Schenley Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
WIFM Members - Register: $10. At door: $15. Non-Members - Register: $15. At door: $20. Students - $5; FREE to students from sponsoring institutions.
Kalpana Biswas


Women in Film & Media Presents

In Partnership with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh &

The Dietrich College & The Center for Arts in Society, Carnegie Mellon University

Sponsored by University of Pittsburgh

“War Reporting: Filmmakers & Journalists on the Realities of War”

Thursday, October 24, 2013, 6PM – 9PM

Carnegie Library Lecture Hall

Schenley Drive, Oakland


A panel of documentary filmmakers & journalists who risked their lives in Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Central & South America, Liberia & South Africa will share their intense personal experiences on reporting from the frontlines. Through detailed anecdotes, they will show how they chased the real story through the fog of war. They will discuss the evolution of modern journalism: how urban warfare, high-speed digital cameras, satellite up-links, social media, and the 24-hour news cycle have forever changed the profession. They will address gender: the specific barriers, challenges and opportunities for female war correspondents. They will talk about security: how they learn to keep themselves safe and survive in conflict regions. They will address censorship and national security – the moral and ethical dilemmas they face. And they will talk about their return home – their own journey to normal.

The panelists are:

JulieHera DeStefano – 

Documentary Filmmaker “Journey to Normal.” She embedded with the US military to make a film about women war veterans in Afghanistan preparing to return home to their families in the US. . . . more




Lynda Schuster –  Former staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal who covered Central & South America, Mexico and the Middle East. Later, South Africa Bureau Chief for the Christian Science Monitor. Author of “A Burning Hunger: One Family’s Struggle Against Apartheid.”  . . more





Carmen Gentile –  International Reporter with USA Today /ABC Radio. Has done photo and video reporting from Iraq, Afghanistan, Niger, Venezuela, Haiti & Bolivia. Was shot in the face by an RPG in Kunar Province, Afghanistan when embedded with the US army. Written for NYT, Time, Newsweek. Author “Kissed by the Taliban.”  . . more





Justin Merriman –  Award-winning Photojournalist with Pittsburgh Tribune Review. Has covered war on terror through 9/11, Iraq, Afghanistan & Pakistan; and Cuba, India and the recent political violence in Egypt.  His photos have appeared in New York Times, Time, Washington Post, MSNBC, CBS. . . . more





Moderator: Kalpana Biswas – Documentary Filmmaker recently returned from Afghanistan filming women and children living with war. . . more







WIFM Members: Pre-registration: $10. At door: $15

Non-members:  Pre-registration: $15. At door: $20.

Students: $5. FREE for sponsoring institutions (with valid ID)

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