Documentary filmmaker Callum Macrae visits Southern Illinois University Carbondale on Tuesday, February 10, to show his film No Fire Zone, and talk about his investigation into human rights abuses during the final days of the Sri Lankan civil war. Pulitzer Center Executive Director Jon Sawyer joins Macrae during this visit to one of the Pulitzer Center's original Campus Consortium partners.
Macrae shares details of his reporting on the government's brutal military offensive that saw between 40,000 and 70,000 civilians die, and how he was able to secure direct evidence of violence against civilians via footage recorded from within the government-promised 'no fire zone.' Macrae also shares his efforts to turn the film into the basis of an international awareness campaign – addressing the role of traditional journalism vs. advocacy vs. “campaigning journalism."
Besides the film screening, Macrae's visit includes open discussions and class visits focused on human rights and foreign reporting. During the day, Macrae and Sawyer also join SIUC student fellows Jessica Edmond, Jennifer Gonzalez and Luke Nozicka as they present their reporting from around the world.
No Fire Zone is one of five films to win the 2014 BRITDOC Impact Award, which celebrates standout documentary films that are changing the world. The documentary also was nominated for an International Emmy Award.
Macrae is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker who has been making films for 20 years in the UK and around the world, including Iraq, Japan (in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake), Haiti and several in Africa – covering wars and conflicts in Cote D’Ivoire, Uganda and Mali.
Documentary Screening and Discussion with Callum Macrae
Tuesday, February 10
Southern Illinois University
1263 Lincoln Drive, Carbondale, IL 62901