Politics

‘A Private War’ Illustrates Power, and Risk, of Reporting the Truth

Political Theater, Episode 43

Matthew Heineman, Rosamund Pike and Jamie Dornan attend Aviron Pictures' Los Angeles Premiere Of "A Private War" at Samuel Goldwyn Theater on October 24, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Presley Ann/Getty Images)

“I think fear comes later, when it’s all over.” Those are the words that frame “A Private War,” Matthew Heineman’s new film about the late war journalist Marie Colvin. They’re spoken first by Rosamund Pike, the actress portraying Colvin, then over the end credits by Colvin herself, a poignant bookend to a film about the courage required to seek the truth in the world’s most dangerous places. At a time when journalists around the world face threats in and out of combat zones, and are characterized as the enemy of the people, Heineman’s movie arrives at a delicate inflection point. The director, nominated for an Academy Award for his documentary “Cartel Land,” and Pike discuss their picture on the latest Political Theater Podcast. 

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