HBO slates journalism-in-jeopardy doc “Endangered” for June 28 premiere

HBO has set a June 28 premiere date for the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival selection Endangered, a feature-length doc about growing global threats to the freedom of the press (and ...
June 7, 2022

HBO has set a June 28 premiere date for the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival selection Endangered, a feature-length doc about growing global threats to the freedom of the press (and the lives of journalists) that is executive produced by Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow.

Directed by Academy Award nominees Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Jesus Camp), the doc focuses on four journalists — Patrícia Campos Mello of Folha de São Paulo, Oliver Laughland of The Guardian, and photojournalists Carl Juste of the Miami Herald and Sáshenka Gutiérrez of EFE News Agency — all of whom work in democratic countries (Brazil, Mexico, and the U.S.), and all of whom face both the ever-increasing proliferation of online misinformation and the ever-more-open hostility from governments.

Compounding this already volatile situation are the economic hardships that have been battering journalism since the internet era firmly took hold, which have caused news outlets to slash jobs at record rates, and the physical dangers that journalists are increasingly becoming susceptible to — not only in conflict zones abroad, but also on domestic beats covering political protests, police brutality, and the ongoing pandemic in a progressively more radicalized, fractious and violent United States.

“Many of us living in democratic nations take freedom of the press for granted. In the course of making this film, though, we realized that in order to survive, this ‘right’ has to be fought for in perpetuity,” co-directors Ewing and Grady said. “As governments and the public become increasingly hostile to ‘The Media,’ it was a privilege to observe a few of the unassuming beat reporters who hit the streets every day to bring us the facts.”

“When I started working with HBO, one of the first and most urgent ideas I talked about with the documentary team there was chronicling the minefield of misinformation, anti-press authoritarian politics and faltering media business models that reporters around the world navigate to bring us the truth,” Ronan Farrow added. “In following a remarkable group of journalists into chaos and back, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady have brought that story to electric life and given us an important record of this moment in history.”

Presented by HBO Documentary Films, Endangered is a coproduction between Ewing and Grady’s Loki Films and Farrow’s Ronan Production Group. Alex Takats shares a producer credit with Ewing and Grady, who also executive produce the film along with Farrow. For HBO, executive producers are Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller, while Tina Nguyen is senior producer.

The doc will be available to stream on HBO Max coterminous with its linear debut on HBO.

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Justin Anderson joined Realscreen as senior staff writer in 2021, reporting and writing stories for the newsletter and magazine. During his 20-year career he’s filled a variety of roles as a writer and editor at a number of media organizations, covering news and current affairs as well as business, tech, the film and music industries and plenty in between. He’s also spent time behind the scenes in television production, having written everything from voiceover scripts for documentaries to marketing copy. He has a degree in Journalism from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University).