“Under Fire: Journalists in Combat” sells internationally

Mercury Media has sold the Oscar-shortlisted doc (pictured), which examines the psychological effects of war reporting, to broadcasters from Sweden, Poland and Israel, among other territories.
February 27, 2012

Broadcasters from Sweden, Poland and Israel have picked up Toronto-based filmmaker Martyn Burke’s doc on war reporting, Under Fire: Journalists in Combat.

The feature doc, which was on this year’s Oscar shortlist for documentaries, was licensed by Mercury Media to assorted international networks including Al Arabiya, Swedish Educational TV, Canal + Poland, DBS Israel, ERR Estonia, Odissea in Spain and Portugal, and Art Media Group in CIS and the Baltics.

Under Fire investigates the psychological effects of war reporting, and features interviews with the BBC’s Jeremy Bowen, The Times‘ Anthony Lloyd, and CBC’s Susie Ormiston, as well as psychiatrist Dr. Anthony Feinstein, who operates a 24-hour emergency call-in service to news organizations.

Under Fire’s importance was tragically underscored this week by the deaths of two journalists in Syria,” said Mercury Media chief executive Tim Sparke. “The film has particular personal resonance having lost a journalist colleague in Sierra Leone. Mercury dedicates this film to the memory of all that have suffered in the pursuit of telling the world the story of war.”

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