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Rory Peck Awards 2017

The Firing Line pays tribute to the skill and determination of freelance news camera journalists shortlisted for the 2017 Rory Peck Awards.


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Now, the firing line pays tribute to

the skill of the freelance

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journalist nominated for the Rory

Peck awards. Some scenes some

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viewers may find disturbing.

Extraordinary scenes from some of

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the most remarkable events of the

year. Captured, often at great risk,

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and after much endeavour.

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Who are the journalists who bring as

these films? And what motivates them

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to tell such Tories? -- stories.

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Some of the most striking news

footage we see on screen doesn't

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come from mainstream media and

reporters. Some journalists operate

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independently working in places few

are willing to visit to bring as

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some of the most important stories

of our time. These freelancers are

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honoured by the Rory Peck award

named after the freelance cameraman

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who was killed in Moscow covering

the October coup in 1993. His memory

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lives on in the award on behalf of

freelance camera crews. This year's

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films have been dominated by the war

in Syria. They've also featured

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conflict in Washington and on the

streets of La Paz. First, the Sony

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impact award for current affairs for

films that really dig into an issue.

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The film-maker Patrick Wells spent

months on a painstaking

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investigation into allegations of

torture, execution and sectarian

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cleansing in Iraq, working with a

producer and actor, he spent a year

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milling the trust of

whistle-blowers, to shed light on

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the actions of Shia militia. --

winning the trust.

Iraq is so

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difficult to report from, so much

suspicion of the media, the amount

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of time it takes to infiltrate a

extremely hostile group who may be

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guilty of war crimes was incredibly

difficult.

Patrick researches and

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directs and produces Briley, the

judges said, his film was incredibly

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impressive -- brilliantly.

It has

got quite chaotic they are accusing

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him of being an Isis fight and we

don't know where they have taken

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him. -- fighter.

Patrick found

evidence of Shia militia

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infiltrating the Iraqi government,

and torturing innocent people.

The

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most galling scene was when we found

the women sitting in this town. 643

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men and boys vanished from the town.

The women were in a refugee camp

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which was very inaccessible, all of

these women came to us, and all of

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them crying.

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It was the first time the story

became about these women, and I

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thought, how has this not been a

story, this huge crime had happened

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and had received so little coverage.

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People with disabilities are some of

the most marginalised in Bolivia.

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But now they are fighting for their

rights.

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Darren Forshaw and Violeta tracked

the group of disability rights

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campaigners on a 300 kilometre trek

where they staged a protest in the

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capital.

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The scene is set for confrontation.

This is a very dangerous moment and

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I thing we have to protect our

freedom of expression in Bolivia --

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I think.

Dan and Violetta was

singled out for police attention.

My

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colleague, Daniel Forshaw, Andrea,

they have all been assaulted by

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police, Dan was beaten by police.

The judges said the story felt so

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fresh and not highlighting an issue

none of us even knew existed -- so

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fresh, highlighting an issue.

Compelling documentary film-making

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at its best. The protest lasted six

months but ultimately ended when two

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campaigners were run over by a car

and the leaders threatened with long

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prison sentences.

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Aleppo, 2016. Opposition fighters

holding the east of the city are

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losing their grip as Syrian forces

and their allies close in. Four

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young journalists record their final

days in the city and a remarkable

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story that has won the impact award

for current affairs. Together they

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dodge snipers, suffered daily

bombardment, and the terror of

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living under siege. Now, scattered

around the Middle East, they explain

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the origins of the film.

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The group also demonstrated

ingenuity and resilience and

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dignity, in the face of

extraordinary challenges.

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As the end neared, the group

documented the painful transfer of

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civilians and fighters from rebel

areas.

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The judges said this is the most

intimate, gripping and moving work

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of these last days in Aleppo. It's

like a love story to their city.

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But by Aleppo, winner of the impact

award. -- goodbye Aleppo. Next, the

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news feature category, for more

in-depth films.

Every president in

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American history has disliked the

press coverage that he got, but what

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is unusual is none before this has

declared war in the first week. He

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needs an enemy.

Ollie Lambert's film

follows a week in Washington at the

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beginning of Donald Trump's

presidency.

We always have an

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adversarial relationship and

sometimes that is healthy and

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natural, but this is beyond

adversarial.

Ollie paints a portrait

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of the press corps which covers the

US president and how they respond to

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Donald Trump tearing up the rule

book.

It was perfectly clear walking

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into that briefing, that the whole

battle was being waged in this tiny

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little bit of real estate in one

corner of the White House and I set

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up camp for us long as I could and

tried to get under the skin of the

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journalists who were on the front

line of that war for the truth,

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really.

The judges said Ollie gives

a totally different vantage point on

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the story that everyone else is

telling.

We are going to get a call

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soon. Wow.

The Russia crisis is

threatening to engulf the White

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House, that the last minute, Sean

Spicer's daily briefing is cancelled

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and Donald Trump announces his first

solo press conference as president

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of the United States.

To actually

see it play out, where very

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professional, thoughtful truth

telling journalists were being

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mercilessly attacked for trying to

do their job and try to tell the

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truth, that felt like a very serious

issue and I wanted people to really

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feel, not just understand, but

really feel how serious that was.

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Quite, quite. I don't have to do

that, I don't have to tell you what

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I'm going to do in North Korea --

quiet, quiet. Eventually you will

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get tired of asking that question.

We keep doing our job. No one became

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a reporter to be loved. If you wants

to go after us, that's his decision.

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I'm not sure that's a smart

long-term decision for building

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support in the country.

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The next finalist is a shocking

expose say of the torture of

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innocent Iraqis, award-winning

photojournalist Ali Arkady was

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embedded with an elite Iraqi army

unit, he was planning on making a

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film celebrating their exploits on

the battlefield, but he discovered a

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much darker side to their story.

They ignore a crying mother and her

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children. You are scaring the

children, she says, they take the

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husband outside and begin to beat

him. Claiming he and his wife once

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helped Isis.

And it gets worse.

The

very next day, the camera was

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present when the unit prepared to

torture this man, a sheep murderer

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whose teenager on was suspected of

working for Isis. As a senior

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officer gives the directions, when I

tell you ticket, he says, you let

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him go -- when I tell you to kick.

They closed the curtains and would

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not allow Ali Arkady to continue

filming the ugly scene.

At first Ali

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Arkady felt conflicted and he admits

he bade commands by the unit's

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officers to strike detainees -- P

Obeid. But the more he saw, he

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realised he had to tell a different

story.

I did not have any option, to

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try to stop this violence, but I

thought, in another way, I can, I

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try in the future to stop what these

forces are doing for the civilians.

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And if I can get more evidence,

approval, that I can show, maybe we

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can stop what they did.

Now in

hiding following death threats to

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his family, he says his film has

already produced results.

Three

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months after the publishing, the

office of the Iraqi prime ministers

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said the perpetrators should face

Rosicky vision. -- should face

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prosecution.

The judges described it

as ground-breaking journalism. They

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said Ali Arkady could not challenge

what he saw, but all he could do was

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should the material and get it back.

-- shoot the material.

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The winner of the news features

award was Olivier Sarbil's film.

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These are 12 children of Saddam's

Iraq, now in the battle to save

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Iraq.

He lived alongside a unit of

the Iraqi special forces for five

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weeks as they pushed into Isis

territory. The judges praised its

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raw emotion and authentic life,

bringing us incredible footage and

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intimate insights into the real life

in the city. To get the footage, he

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first had to win the trust of the

soldiers he was with.

For two weeks

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I just sit, sleep, with those guys,

and tried to get their trust, tried

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to get some understanding, to a

point where I would be invisible and

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the camera would be invisible.

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As a former French soldier, Olivier

Sarbil had combat experience but as

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a freelance journalist who was on

his own with no support network.

I

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was on my won't, I did not have a

fix or a translator, and the

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commander of the unit spoke a bit of

English but most of the men spoke

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Arabic -- I was on my own. But day

after day they got to know me and we

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build trust between us and they

wanted me to stay with them.

He also

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had to trust them with his own life.

I knew they were well trained. I

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knew those guys were good and well

equipped and I trusted them.

He was

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keen to show another side to life on

the front line.

I wanted to be

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intermittent with those guys, to

have a chance to know them better --

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to be intimate. I was very surprised

to see how much they were confident

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with me and how much they would let

me film them in any kind of

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circumstances.

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But danger and death are never far

away.

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The battle for Mosul, winner of the

news feature award, and finally, the

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news category, awarded for films

that capture the immediacy of a

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story.

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The attack happened shortly after

dawn. The conflict in Syria has set

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new standards in the horrors of war.

The makers of this film recorded

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scenes that are deeply disturbing,

be warned, this footage of a

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chemical weapon attack is upsetting.

Adam was one of the first to arrive,

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but he was himself knocked

unconscious by the gas.

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One of the survivors describes the

moment the gas hit him. TRANSLATION:

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I fell down and could not feel a

thing, I was lying on the ground and

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my hands were hitting the ground and

then I fainted, it was as if I was

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hitting myself, I had no control and

I could not see anything with my

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eyes.

The victims are moved to a

nearby hospital where he continues

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to film, as danger still lurks what

suddenly there is panic as news

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comes in of more fighter jets

heading that way. Local journalist

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is in the middle of delivering a

report.

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The scenes were so shocking that at

first Olivier Sarbil phrase.

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-- the scenes were so shocking that

at first he froze.

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The judges said this work is

chronicling a war crime, to be on

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plunging and keep your head in a

situation like that is so impressive

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-- to be on flinching.

Most were

treated peacefully on the floor. As

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distraught relatives look on

powerless to help.

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News award finalist Chernov was

another freelancer who spent time in

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Mosul with the Iraqi special forces

will stop this was an urban warfare

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fought one street at a time. A

former aid worker and award-winning

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photographer, the he has covered

other conflicts, and working alone

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without the local language, he is

aware of the risks this kind of

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journalism involves.

Try to

understand how far you can go, and

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how far you need to go to show what

is really going on, it is a constant

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search and balance between the

safety and what you need to do.

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Everyone who goes to war, they

realise that danger is imminent,

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there is an away you can escape

danger, when showing the reality of

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war.

The judges praised his

camerawork, and all of his images

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are captured so clearly and cleanly,

sharp as a pen, he has a real

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photographer's eye, they said. Every

sequence is ebbing yet and shot

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after shot gives the complete story

without narration -- every sequence

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is a vignette.

Every cameraman tries

to make their shots as beautiful as

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possible, but to show the reality of

war, the brutality of everything

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that is going on, it contradicts our

wish to make the shot beautiful, so

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that is a struggle and that is where

the cameraman stuck, how to show the

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reality of war, but also make the

shot appealing, and when you make

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the shot of leading the viewers

starts accepting the war and that is

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the contrary of what we are trying

to do. -- when you make the shot

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appealing.

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Tender words for a child that can't

find its own. The winner of the

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serious news award is about life in

the last functioning hospital in

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Aleppo, and it was shot by Waad Al

Kateab.

This woman is the only adult

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left of three families whose

apartment was obliterated by Russian

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or Syrian bombs. She comes across a

neighbour, this teenage boy used to

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live upstairs. The baby boy he is

holding is his little brother,

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one-month-old. His face is the only

restful thing in this bedlam. But

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this is the sleep of the dead. He

was suffocated in the ruins.

We are

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unable to show pictures of Waad Al

Kateab because he is in hiding.

The

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most interesting thing for me was

the hospital, and when I turned the

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camera on I was just focusing on

showing the ward, the suffering and

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what is happening inside Aleppo, and

maybe the ward will show the crimes

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of the regime against the civilians

there.

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It is all still in my mind. I

couldn't forget anything happened

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from the first moment until the end.

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A nurse leads in a brother and

sister and they go from room to

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room. We don't know their names and

they don't know yet if they are

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orphans.

The judges said you are in

the midst of the event, and that

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Olivier Sarbil uses techniques which

reach out and move people, and not

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one shot is fired -- and that Waad

Al Kateab uses techniques.

Brother

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and sister are still waiting for

news of their mother. Exhausted

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beyond words, by a life beyond

description.

Inside Aleppo, the last

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hospital, winner of the news award.

That is it for this year's edition

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of the firing line, year in which

the human cost of the war in Syria

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and the bitter battle against is

# -- this -- against Islamic State

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militants defined the Rory Peck

awards.

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The Firing Line pays tribute to the skill and determination of freelance news camera journalists shortlisted for the 2017 Rory Peck Awards.


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