In the light of Robert Fisk’s recent passing, we are screening this film in remembrance of one of the most fearless journalists of the last 40 years, who has reported on some of the most violent and divisive conflicts in the world.
He also reported extensively on Northern Ireland, and is widely respected here. That is another reason we would like to remember and pay our respects to him and his work.
Yung Chang’s This Is Not a Movie captures Fisk in action—feet on the ground, notebook in hand, as he travels into landscapes devastated by war, ferreting out the facts and firing reports back home to reach an audience of millions.
The process of translating raw experience into incisive and passionate dispatches requires the determination to see things first-hand and the tenacity to say what others won’t. In his relentless pursuit of the facts, Fisk has attracted his share of controversy. But in spite of the danger, he has continued to cover stories as they unfold, talking directly to the people involved.
In an era of fake news, when journalists are dubbed “the enemies of the people,” Fisk’s resolve to document reality has become an obsessive war to speak the truth.