2015 The Firing Line


A tribute to the skill and determination of freelancers with a look at the international nominees for the 2015 Rory Peck Awards.

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There were half a dozen men who attacked with ISIS on both sides.


You have to put yourself in difficult and dangerous situations.


And when most people would run away, you head towards trouble. Footage


from remote and hostile places can be our only window on events that


are shaping our world. These are some of the most powerful pictures


of the year, all shot by freelancers.


Each year, we step behind the camera to speak to those who film on the


front line so that we can better understand what happens in our


world. We will be hearing from freelance video journalist nominated


in the three categories of the Rory Peck awards. This year, the judges


looked through more than 100 entries from nearly 40 countries. The awards


were founded in the name of Rory Peck, a British freelancer killed by


crossfire in Moscow in 1993. His memory lives on through the trust,


which -- which works on behalf of freelance camera crews. First up,


the news category. The work of Palestinian cameraman Yahya


Hassouna. It was his harrowing images of escalating conflict in


Gaza between Israel and Hamas that caught the attention of the world.


Direct hits from Israeli rockets flattened civilian homes and


buildings in Gaza city. The human cost is devastating. Yahya captures


countless casualties arriving at the hospital. What struck him is the


number of children is coming through the door. -- children.


Poignant moments caught by the camera convey tragedy about every


corner. Every destroyed home, every pile of rubble is searched for


precious mementos. As a local, who has been through this before, Yahya


understands why. The Ukraine for our next finalist,


Olivier Sarbil, who has extensively covered both sides of the conflict


between pro-Russian separatist and Ukrainian forces in eastern Ukraine.


Basing himself in the pro-Russian stronghold around Donetsk, Olivier


produced a series of reports charting the ceasefire and its


eventual collapse. The battle for Donetsk airport and the ceasefire


isn't holding. It's at test of Olivier's skills and nerve as the


rebels take control. Ukrainian troops are just if you 100 metres


away. I was just filming the guys on the frontline and the battlefield.


Suddenly, a clash. You have to make a fast decision. What is best?


Filming the guy firing the weapons, taking cover, falling back? His


training as a paratrooper in the French army equipped him to deal


with the chaos of battle. I still have some instincts, some reflex,


from those times, so I think that helps me on the field. The


adrenaline is pumping. And so the danger is to feel lost in the chaos.


The judges commented Olivier's almost cinematic are beautifully


framed and atmospheric camerawork, but for Olivier the camera in a war


zone provide the necessary window into the dark corners of our


civilisation. I am a witness. Pictures of people fighting,


civilian innocents being shelled every day. Of course we have to tell


the story. If we don't tell the story, we are not there and the


situation could be worse. Who knows? What is important is for people to


understand what's happening. The winner in the news category, Zein


Al-Rifai, was chosen for his coverage of the ongoing conflict in


Syria's second city Aleppo. He captures the relentless suffering of


a people under siege by both the so-called Islamic State and Syrian


government forces. A barrel bomb has devastated a nearby neighbourhood. A


native of Aleppo, Zein knows the district well and rushes to record


the immediate aftermath. Being first on the scene poses a moral dilemma.


Zein is determined to keep showing the plight of the Syrian people to


the world. The cost is high for the video


journalist. Constantly recording distress and destruction takes its


toll. We stay in Syria for the first


finalist in the features category, as jihadist factions make


unprecedented advances in the strategic city. Salam Rizk gained


unique access to rebel groups, government forces and civilians


trapped in Syria's grinding four of attrition. The hospital was at the


centre of heady -- heavy fighting when he arrives on the outskirts of


the conflict. He falls in with the Jabhat al-Nusra rebels. Syrian


government troops are in the nearby building. The most dangerous thing


in the film was at the hospital, because they were bombed by jets all


the time and there were mortars everywhere. It was scary.


As he moves around the complex, he very nearly gets hit by a sniper


himself. When the machine-gun from the jet


fired, I just put the camera like that and I started moving the camera


without looking at what I was filming.


To work in Syria is now super difficult for all journalists. Dust


in the camera, you are a target for everybody. -- Bruce Reid usually the


jihadist don't like you. They really don't like the camera. Civilians,


when they see the camera, they think they will be bombed. I think it is


worth it to risk my life because it is important to show the reality.


Next in the features category is the work of Simon Rowles. The British


journalist reveals the suffering of mentally ill people in the aftermath


of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Simon follows it on a


tipoff from a local charity. The shocking sight awaits him. A man,


Joel, is imprisoned in a cage by his own family. When we did eventually


see Joel, it was pretty hard to comprehend. The cage was very


small. It was too small for him to lie down or a stand-up. And he


basically slept, eight and defecated there. -- ate. Joel's story is just


one of several caged men Simon filmed. It was difficult to pick the


camera. There was something that instinctively felt wrong or


voyeuristic. The professionalism kicks in and makes sure you treat


the story sensitively. Chaining is common practice in a country where


families received little professional support. Joel can


become aggressive and his mother feels she has no other option. She


was somebody who clearly was torn apart by the fact that she was


keeping her son trapped in this cage. These families were doing this


not out of cruelty but out of desperation. It was a difficult


story to walk away from. You hope that there may be some power in


covering a story like this. It is about telling the truth and you hope


that something good will come out of it. And now the winner in the


features category, Zmnako Ismael, who charts the extraordinary exodus


of the migratory people to a refugee camp. Zmnako Ismael travels with


thousands of people as they flee for their lives from is solid state


forces pushing their way across the country. -- Islamic State forces


will star in their desperation to escape, the Yazidis have to cross a


barren and punishing environment. Zmnako is the only journalist


documenting their 200 kilometre journey in search of safety.


When he arrives, a steady stream of people emerge from the clouds of


rolling dust. It is unknown how many die of


exhaustion and dehydration on the long track. -- trek.


The UN estimates some 5000 Yazidi men were killed as Islamic State


swept through Iraq in the summer of 2014. Their intention was clear, to


destroy the Yazidi community and their religion.


Now, as every year, a special award for global impact. The first


finalist is Palestinian journalists Medyan Dairieh, who spent three


weeks embedded with the Islamic State. Medyan gained unprecedented


access as they shocked the world by declaring their brutal caliphate


across both countries. Once on the inside, IS officials are keen to


show Medyan how they operate. Emits a preacher who was left Belgium with


his young son and what he films next is deeply disturbing. -- he meets.


Trying to understand the mind that would take your child from Belgium


to this war zone and then offer him out effectively as a sacrifice just


seemed extraordinary to me. Medyan could not speak to us but Kevin


Sutcliffe was heavily involved in his deployment. Medyan is the first


journalist to get to the heart of the jihadi group. That is why the


film is important. It captures things you really need to think


about. He brings to that a great knowledge and understanding.


He knows how to operate and he knows where the boundaries are, so in that


sense, that was part of why we felt comfortable that he could go. I


think he is also very, very adept at dealing with the stresses and


strains of that situation. He made a great, brave piece of journalism.


Our next finalist is Madrid -based documentary maker,


Our next finalist is Madrid -based documentary -- Hernan Zim. He


focuses on the lives of ten children living in Gaza as Israel begins its


fans. Hernan wanted to make a film that different from every other film


about the conflict. I wanted to change the point of view not just


about the bombs in the blowing up but what goes on inside people, the


drama. -- trauma. So we can get an understanding of the meaning of war


and its effect on children. A 500 kilograms bomb has landed on


six-year-old Bisan's home, instantly killing her immediate family. Bisan


has been left badly wounded and is struggling to make sense of it. You


just imagine that in one second your life goes away, all the people you


love. When I came back afterwards, she could not speak any more. She


was trying to understand that her parents were not going to come


back. That is what it means to be a child in Gaza. Nothing is certain


and everything you have can go away in one second. In total, over 2000


Palestinians died in the 50 day offensive, including over 500


children. Many of the children Hernan filmed were deeply


traumatised. It was the first time I have seen


someone who wants to quit and being a child and being so traumatised,


that was one of the most overwhelming moments. I don't


understand why the world is not doing something. We have to keep on


trying. That is the duty of the filmmakers. And finally, the winner


of Sony's Impact Award is Haider Ali, who travels to the show are on


the Afghan border, where he meets with several young boys and the


paedophiles who abuse them. This is one of many boys regularly abused at


the bus terminal, who was willing to share his difficult story with


Haider. Haider wants to give voice to the


children hunted by sexual predators and dares to give the abusers like


Arjaz envoys as well. The abusers have no fear of the law


and act with impunity. And hearing such rank confessions is a profound


effect on the filmmaker. -- frank confessions.


Some of the abusers panic after giving such incriminating


testimony. The team take the threats seriously


and quickly flee Peshawar, but the abuse continues.


Haider Ali, winner of the Sony Impact Award That Is? Full Top That


Is All -- -- that was Haider Ali, winner of the Sony Impact Award for


Current Affairs. From me goodbye. Some of us would have had some


wintry weather overnight. Cold air currently coming in all


the way from almost the Arctic and the cold air is here to stay


through the course of the weekend. It's also going to be very windy,




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