KEARNEY – The University of Nebraska at Kearney Department of Communication is sponsoring a screening of the film “A Private War” 7 p.m. Tuesday (April 2) at The World Theatre, 2318 Central Ave., in downtown Kearney.
The event, co-hosted by the global media literacy Thompson Scholars class, is free and open to the public.
Released in November 2018, “A Private War” tells the story of journalist Marie Colvin, who covered wars across the world from the point of view of the ordinary people who are victims of the violence and disruption. The acclaimed war correspondent reported from places such as Iraq, Chechnya, East Timor, Sierra Leone and Sri Lanka, where she lost an eye during a rocket-propelled grenade attack.
Colvin, who was killed in Syria in 2012, consistently stood up for the importance of journalism globally. In a 2010 speech, she said, “Covering a war means going to places torn by chaos, destruction and death, and trying to bear witness. It means trying to find the truth in a sandstorm of propaganda when armies, tribes or terrorists clash.”
“It is too easy in our current environment to lose sight of the value and dangers of journalists covering wars around the world,” said Ralph Hanson, professor of journalism at UNK. “Marie Colvin stood up for telling the story of the people who are war’s biggest victims.”
Colvin is portrayed in the biographical drama by Golden Globe nominee Rosamund Pike. The film is rated R.