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Top 5 Films to Celebrate National Journalist Day

Journalism Movies

"You know what my husband said about the news? He called it the first rough draft of history." -Katharine Graham.

We celebrate the heroes behind every story that you read, hear, or watch on TV; the brave ones who cannot be silenced, those whose passion makes them move until they get the truth. Every June 27th, we celebrate National Journalist Day, and as a gift for all our fearless journalists, Yo Amo Barquisimeto has made a list of the films that honor their great work.

 

Let’s begin the journalism-film marathon!

 

Spotlight

The film follows The Boston Globe’s “Spotlight” team, an investigative journalist unit, through the investigation into cases of widespread and systematic child sex abuse in the Boston area by numerous Roman Catholic priests. It is based on a series of true stories that earned The Globe the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

The truth will always come out when a journalist is looking for it. The movie is a reminder of the incredible work the Spotlight team made, and how journalism can really make an impact in the world.

 

The Post

Let’s go back to the 1970’s to follow the story of Katherine Graham, who after her husband passed away, became the first female publisher of a major American newspaper: The Washington Post. Ben Bradlee, the editor of the paper at that time, was a bold man who was always seeking the truth, and so when he had the chance to fight the U.S Government over his right to publish the Pentagon Papers, he did not hesitate. The Post shows us the stories behind the publishing industry, the risks and challenges every reporter and journalist faced, the differences between Ben and Katharine, and everything they could have lost by exposing the government.

The Washington Post published the Pentagon Papers, and it now is one of the most important newspapers in the world. The film makes you want to be in the crowd clamoring for freedom of speech, and it is always good to remember the history of journalism.

 

All The President’s Men

After The Post, keep your journalism-movie marathon going by watching All The President’s Men. The film follows reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncovering the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon‘s resignation. With the help of a mysterious source, the two reporters make a connection between the burglars and a White House staffer. Despite dire warnings about their safety, the duo follows the money all the way to the top.

 

 

The Killing Fields

This film came out in 1984, and it tells the story of Sydney Schanberg, a New York Times journalist covering the civil war in Cambodia. Together with local journalist Dith Pran, they cover some of the tragedy and madness of the war. The movie is considered one of the 100th greatest British film of the 20th century.

As the great critic Roger Ebert wrote, “the best moments of the film are the human ones, the conversations, the exchanges of trust, the waiting around, the sudden fear, the quick bursts of violence, and the desperation.”

 

Virunga

Another love letter to investigative journalism. This documentary tells the story of four characters fighting to protect the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, home to the world’s last mountain gorillas, from war, poaching, and the threat of oil exploration. Following the life of gorilla caregiver André Bauma, central sector warden Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo, chief warden Emmanuel de Merode, and the French investigative journalist Mélanie Gouby, the film takes you all the way to the natural beauty of Virunga, and through the conflicts of the region.

Without a doubt, Virunga is a must-watch documentary for every journalist.

 

 

We hope all those films make you fall in love with journalism all over again; I know it happens to me every time I watch them. To all our journalist friends: thanks for your courage even in the darkest of times, we applaud your fight and your strong voice. Happy National Journalist Day!

 

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