Session 26
Thursday April 21, 4:00pm – 6:30pm
AMC/LOEWS Boston Common: 175 Tremont St. Boston
THE MEDIA:
JOURNALISM IN CRISIS                                56MIN

It was not so long ago that cries of “extra, extra” could
be heard from street corners across the country. Prior to
the Internet, our nation’s citizens relied on a small group
of trusted print journalists to get their news. We now live
in an “instant access world” where hundreds of TV
channels and media websites provide unlimited venues
to gather information from a huge range of sources.
While the newspapers that America awoke to each day
included clearly delineated separation of reporting and
editorial opinion, now, the Internet and ever expanding
cable TV outlets frequently blur the line that is critical to
true journalistic integrity. Former CBS and ABC
Correspondent, Mort Dean, narrates Neal Cortell’s
latest documentary,

THE MEDIA: JOURNALISM IN CRISIS. The
documentary features renowned journalists, interwoven
with analysts, academics, and activists who ponder the
state of journalism and delivery of true news. Questions
are raised about Cable TV, the role of the Internet, the
condition of the newsprint industry, the decline of public
media including NPR/PBS and online Civic News.
Varying opinions are proffered about the current and
future state of this medium so critical to the proper
function of a truly democratic society.

Directed and Produced by Neal Cortell
(USA)

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UNHOLY GROUND                                47MIN

Unholy Ground is a deeply affecting film about the
impact of civil war on the lives of villagers living on the
front line. Set in eastern Sri Lanka, the film follows six
survivors of a massacre by the Tamil Tigers, in which
54 people were killed, including twelve children. Filmed
in the Sinhalese Buddhist village of Gonagala seven
years after the massacre, Unholy Ground is a powerful
testimony not only to the enduring effects of war, but
also to the capacity for survival and healing. The film
captures the stunning beauty and enduring heartbreak
of this island nation, deeply divided by more than 25
years of armed conflict.

Written and Directed by Ken Miller

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