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    ‘You get mixed emotions, that they would travel so far to look for work. Hundreds of miles through perils. The fence doesn’t really stop them. As long as they think there’s employment in the United States, they will continue to do that, just like anyone trying to better themselves for a better job.’

    The United States’ border with Mexico is nearly 2000 miles long and is blocked by numerous natural and man-made barriers. Reportage Featured Contributor Charles Ommanney journeyed along the border and met the residents, border patrol agents, and immigrants who pass back and forth across it. See his film: The Fence, Part 1 on MSNBC Photos.

    Image: After walking for days a Honduran man appears overwhelmed after being caught in a drainage ditch by Border Patrol. McAllen, TX. Photo by Charles Ommanney

    MCALLEN, TEXAS - A group of women and two unaccompanied children are detained on a levee. Exhausted and hungry, the group appeared relieved to be found. It turned out they had traveled from Guatemala and Honduras together.

    Photo by Charles Ommanney from the MSNBC film ‘The Fence.’

    'I was living with the Boss Man. I don’t love that man, but because of the war, I could not deny him. He would kill me. I would die. So I would not refuse.

    I gave birth in the bush to a daughter named Mamiaye. And when the war ended, we came out to the town. He left me here. He never came again. Nobody said I want to take care of this woman with this child. You are a woman of a rebel. You killed people during the war. And now you come for forgiveness? Not here.’ - Janet, who was abducted by rebels at age 20 and forced to fight in Sierra Leone’s 11 year civil war.

    At this week’s Global Summit to end Sexual Violence in Conflict, UN special envoy Angelina Jolie opened the event by saying that one of the goals was to end the disgrace that comes with being a victim.

    Girl Soldier, a film by Reportage photographer Jonathan Torgovnik, which chronicles the stories of Sierra Leone’s female child soldiers, is being screened at the summit. Watch the film here.

    UPDATE: Read an interview with Jonathan about the project on National Geographic Proof.

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    'This story places the blame for the decimation of elephants worldwide squarely at the feet of religion. There is an obsession amongst devotees, amongst ivory buyers, for this product….my question is: how does it deify god to decimate these creatures? - Brent Stirton, Photojournalist

    God’s Ivory, a Reportage by Getty Images documentary about illegal ivory trading, has been nominated for a Webby. Please support the film by voting here. The full documentary is available to view in Reportage Journal #2.

    TIJUANA, MEXICO – A scene is filmed on the set of Baja Films’ production of ‘Narco Jr.’ Baja Films is a leading production company specializing in low budget ‘Narco films,’ which celebrate the violent culture of Mexican drug cartels. Photo by Shaul Schwarz/Reportage by Getty Images, from Narco Cultura.

    Schwarz’s documentary film Narco Cultura is now available on DVD and on iTunes.

    NEW KTM TRAILER from KTM Project on Vimeo.

    'It takes a very fearless journalist to get up everyday and say, “You know what, I’m determined to continue my profession, even though I may have to spend the rest of my life looking over my shoulder”. We’re targets now, and I think any journalist who travels in pursuit of his or her profession, in pursuit of the story needs to know that we’re targets now, whether we like it or not.'

    -Wall Street Journal Senior Editor Chris Cramer, in Killing the Messenger: The Deadly Cost of News. The documentary premieres this Sunday on Al Jazeera America.

    ‘Our cameras are our weapons. They are the reason the revolution will succeed.’

    New documentary film The Square centers on Cairo’s Tahrir Square and follows the ‘thorny path to democracy [that] only began with Hosni Mubarak’s fall.’ It also just won the Tim Hetherington Award at the Sheffield Doc/Fest.

    On Monday, Feb. 4, the Frontline Club in London will be screening “In the Hands of Al Qaeda,” a documentary by Safa Al Ahmad and Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, a reporter and Featured Photographer with Reportage by Getty Images. A Q&A with Ghaith and producer Jamie Doran will follow. The documentary follows Ghaith as he travels into the heart of Yemen’s radical heartland. 

    Event info:

    Monday, Feb. 4, 7 PM
    Frontline Club
    3 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QJ

    More information on the Frontline Club’s Web site.

    The documentary was originally broadcast in the US as an episode of the American television program Frontline, under the title “Al Qaeda in Yemen,” last summer. You can read more about the program and Ghaith’s journey here.

    In the new documentary, “Numbered,” Getty photographer Uriel Sinai, together with Dana Doron, explores a subtle legacy of Auschwitz: the tattooed serial numbers borne on the arms and chests of its survivors. The movie will have its New York premiere on January 20th as part of the New York Jewish Film Festival at Lincoln Center. You can watch a trailer for the movie here:

    Previously, Uriel had photographed dozens of Auschwitz survivors and their tattoos for a portrait series of the same name. An estimated 400,000 numbers were tattooed in Auschwitz and its sub-camps, including Leo Luster, above, whom Uriel photographed in 2009.

    Learn more about the documentary and its screening dates on the film’s Facebook page.

    (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Reportage by Getty Images)

    Kabul - A City of Hope and Fear

    Photographer and Filmmaker John D McHugh has been documenting life in Afghanistan’s capital city, its slow rise out of conflict, and the hints of impending disaster that many feel is just around the corner.  

    'As the city holds it breath, waiting for the next assault, one man refuses to give up on Kabul.  It is the city's mayor Muhammad Yunus Nawandish, who is dedicated to putting the capital back on its feet after so many years of destruction and decay. 

    He spends hours every day on the road, inspecting infrastructure construction projects, badgering suppliers and contractors, keeping the pressure up on his officials.  He is renowned for his hands on approach, fond of turning up unannounced at building sites and catching municipal staff unawares.

    He is also dedicated to fighting corruption, particularly tackling what he calls “the land mafia,” which makes getting anything done in Kabul so difficult.  With warlords illegally grabbing land for development, often for putting up their own absurdly extravagant houses, the mayor’s determination is admirable, but very dangerous. “Because the fight against corruption and the land mafia is not so easy, I purchased a piece of land for my grave,” he says, without a trace of fear.’

    Read more at Al Jazeera People & Power

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