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    My War, My Playlist

    Documentary on the BBC World Service. The programme looks at the role music plays for the soldiers on the frontline in Afghanistan and finds out why the MP3 has become an essential part of a soldier’s kit-bag. Soldiers stationed at Camp Bastion describe their music as an essential part of their lives – helping to drown out the hum of activity around camp and helps everybody to relax in their free time. My War, My Playlist reveals how building a playlist and choosing the right music to listen to takes on a real sense of importance. For soldiers stationed at Bastion or on the frontline at Helmand, music can rapidly become…

  • News,  Projects

    Specialists in War Photography Needed…

    The BAFTA-winning production company Minnow Films is developing two documentary proposals, for which they are looking for input from specialists in war representation. Please read the descriptions below and if you think you may be able to help in any way, get in touch with Ed Hancox at ed@minnowfilms.co.uk. Please note that at this stage, they are not seeking a filmed interview but rather a research chat. ‘The Photograph’: An exploration of how wounded soldiers have been represented photographically, both in history and the present-day. The film would ask provocative questions about how the state and the media have shaped the British public’s perception of wounded servicemen – looking in…

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    Kajaki – A Modern British War Film

    A British war film based on soldiers from 3 Parachute Regiment stationed at the Kajaki Dam (Helmand Province) during one day of their six month tour of Afghanistan. Sold as a story of heroism, bravery and character focused.  In particular, the film makers contend that it offers a much needed and unique depiction of British soldiers in conflict as oppose to US and other nationalities. In their own words: “...it is not side tracked by the political dimension of the war, but is a story of real people dealing with an impossible situation, like so many do every day.“ About the film (taken from the Kajaki website): “A British soldier detonates a…

  • News,  Publications

    Should Instagram go to War?

    It’s an ongoing debate: Should photojournalists use apps like Instagram as they document conflict? And how should they use them?  Kate Knibbs engages with Mary Alper’s work on conflict photography through mobile apps. Reproduced from Digital Trends (Click here for original)  “Consider Nick Ut’s photograph of a naked young Vietnamese girl fleeing a napalmed village, the thousands of photos of atrocities committed at Abu Ghraib, or Ken Jarecke’s chilling photo of a charred Iraqi soldier during the first Gulf War – each simulated on digital Polaroid paper in between photos of cocktails and kittens on an Instagram feed.”  Meryl Alper from “War on Instagram: Framing conflict photojournalism with mobile photography apps”. New Media and…

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    Is it like Call of Duty?

    War on the Rocks columnist Thomas Gibbons-Neff discusses how the combat experience is portrayed in the media. So is it or isn’t it like Call of Duty? Read and decide. I have a memory from a firefight in 2008.  It’s blurred around the edges and foggy at parts, but there is a distinct sequence in which I bring the optic to my eye and fire at a man’s head. From there the memory fades out. Some say his head exploded in a pink splash, and others say the light machine gun next to me killed him, but I don’t think anyone really knows. This event has stuck with me because for…