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    Due to be released in November, The Long Night explores the underworld of minor sex trafficking in Seattle. The film is a collaboration by Tim Matsui, Mediastorm, and the Alexia Foundation.

    “This isn’t a film with an agenda,” Matsui. “It’s a story about people facing circumstances that I cannot imagine having to deal with myself.”

    'Women, more than men, will spend money on the care and well-being of their families, and…if a community invests in women, it is essentially investing in itself. I wanted to explore pockets of societies where this isn't true, where poverty is directly linked to cultures that undermine women's rights and welfare.'

    Marvi’s Lacar's film Escape documents cases of female genital mutilation in Kanya’s Massai tribe, and the lives of girls who have escaped forced marriages to older men.  Read more about the project on Motion Arts Pro.

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    The latest segment of HBO’s four-part Witness series follows the French photojournalist Véronique de Viguerie in South Sudan, where thousands have been murdered, kidnapped, or displaced by Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army.

    Watch a clip from the film (which aired last night on HBO), and click-through for more from Maria Lokke on de Viguerie.

    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

    Watch U.N. Monitors Exit Syria, Failing to Stop Bloodshed on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.

    This report from PBS Newshour features an interview with Reportage photographer Ghaith Abdul-Ahad [at 2:30], who has been covering the conflict in Syria.

    'The Syrian army, the government army, [is] totally, I think, demoralized.  I was in situations where they could have totally crushed the rebels, yet they were too scared to push down the street.'

    'The rebels are disorganized.  They don’t lack ammunition, they don’t lack weapons, but what they really lack is leadership and coordination.'

    'It was pretty intense.  You meet people in the morning, you see them over breakfast, and then at the end of the day they are dead.  I spent a night with a commander, we had dinner one night.  The next day we had tea, and then at the end of that day he was dead.'

    'I haven’t seen such intense fighting since the days of Iraq.'

    Reportage photographer Antonio Bolfo at TEDxEast - Defining Photography Through a First Person Perspective


    'It's very easy to make assumptions about certain photographs…A photograph can never tell an entire story.  Try not to assume, until you see the next picture.'

    Just a Monkey? A discussion of man and nature and the nature of man

    In this video from World Press Photo, National Geographic photographer Michael “Nick” Nichols talks about his work:

    "I spent probably 20 years of my life with apes.  You get where you really learn non-verbal communication."

    The environment:

    "It’s becoming more and more evident.  We just can’t respect this planet."

    And Brent Stirton’s Gorilla image that almost won WPP Photo of the Year:

    "If this couldn’t do it, I don’t know that there will ever be a Picture of the Year about the environment."

    Ten-year-old Jeffrey Isidoro moved from the United States to Mexico when his father was deported.  This video by Shaul Schwarz and Bryan Chang for The New York Times explores his adjustment to a new country, language, and life. 

    Last night we hosted a presentation and discussion at Frontline Club in London between Tom Stoddart, Peter Dench, and Aidan Sullivan.  Here is the full video (yes, it’s 90 minutes long, but worth it!).

    Dench: I grew up where books mattered.  As a photographer, the holy grail for me was, in 1990, a book and an exhibition.

    Stoddart: It still is, even more so, because you’re not going to get 20 pages in the Sunday Times Magazine…photographers have to find different ways of getting their work in front of people…the number one thing is to be in the industry and find ways of getting your work out there that people want to see, no matter how you do it.

    Dench: I call it “diversify or die.”

    There’s a nice write-up about the event posted on the Frontline Club blog.

    At Home with John Irving

    Shaul Schwarz debuts a new series for Time today, exploring the homes of famous and iconic personalities.  In this video he goes into the home of author John Irving.

    Read more about the shoot at Time Lightbox.

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