Bearing Witness
May 26 at 9 on A&E

This film about contemporary female war correspondents by veteran documentarians Barbara Kopple, Bob Eisenhardt, and Marijana Wotton avoids grand pronouncements about gender and reporting. Instead it offers an intimate, sidelong glance at the Iraq war and an understated portrait of five remarkable women, including London Times writer Marie Colvin, with her husky chain-smoker's voice and eye patch, who imagines she's writing "a rough draft of history," or Janine DiGiovanni, torn between new baby and war zone work. Then there's May Ying Welsh, a young American who took a post at Al Jazeera hoping to bridge the cultural divide; her exhausted face tells you how thoroughly this hope has been extinguished.


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