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,