Doc Channel frames war in two lenses tonight

Tonight, the Documentary Channel pairs two documentaries that deliver unique perspectives on conflict.

War Photographer” (2001), a film by Christian Frei, follows Massachusetts-born James Nachtwey, a world renowned photojournalist and winner of the 2012 Dresden Peace Prize. For two years, the Swiss author/director/producer Frei joined Nachtwey as he documented war and conflict across Indonesia, Kosovo and Palestine.

The Oscar-nominated documentary features an intimate point-of-view technique – a special micro-camera attached to Nachtwey’s own camera.

Nachtwy’s commentary in the trailer from First Run Features NYC is especially chilling in how the audio track could be directly applied to today’s homemade videos posted by the army of citizen journalists of Homs and other cities across Syria.

In “War is not a Game” (2010), director Lode Desmet outlines the ideals set out in the Geneva Conventions and frames them against the reality faced by eight soldiers in different corners of the globe. They experience a fog of war that only grows thicker in the rapidly changing nature of armed conflict.

War Photographer airs at 8 and 11 p.m. ET; War is not a Game follows at 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. ET.

“For me, the strength of photography lies in its ability to evoke a sense of humanity. If war is an attempt to negate humanity, then photography can be perceived as the opposite of war.” – Photographer James Nachtwey

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