UNDER THE WIRE is a chilling and inspiring documentary about Marie Colvin the celebrated Sunday Times correspondent and photojournalist Paul Conroy as they enter war-ravaged Syria in February of 2012 to cover the plight of trapped and slaughtered civilians in Homs, a city under siege by the Syrian Army. For Colvin, who constantly tested her limits in conflict zones across the globe, this was to be her last mission. Deliberately targeted by Syria’s top leaders, she was killed in a rocket attack that also gravely wounded Conroy, who eventually managed to escape. As he recounts in his memoir, Under The Wire, he reluctantly left behind many others in desperate need, but was urged to “go out and tell the world.” Using contemporaneous footage, much shot under siege and on the run, Colvin, Conroy and others recall in the film the terrors they endured, the events leading up to Colvin’s death and Conroy’s hair-raising and courageous escape. It is a powerful reminder that journalists who put themselves in harm’s way to expose the truth about war and genocide are not the enemies of the people, but are their voices and champions.
Sponsored by the Port Jefferson/Northern Brookhaven Arts Council, the Port Jefferson Documentary Series brings directors, producers, and stars from each film into the theater for an up-close and personal question and answer session.
This event is also co-sponsored by the Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism’s Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting. Our guest speakers are Catherine Colvin, Marie’s sister, who will be joined by Photojournalist Paul Conroy via Skype.
DATE/TIME: Monday, March 11, 2019 at 7:00 PM
LOCATION: Charles B Wang Center, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
TICKET PRICES: $8.00 general admission, tickets at the door (No Credit Cards) Stony Brook U. Students: $5.00
PORT JEFFERSON DOCUMENTARY SERIES (www.portjeffdocumentaryseries.com) is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the Suffolk County Office of Film and Cultural Affairs, Steve Bellone, County Executive.