This month Michael Mann and David Frankham are teaming up with HBO as the creators of a brand new documentary mini-series called ‘Witness’. The four part series focuses on photojournalists working in Juarez, Libya, South Sudan and Rio. Here’s the synopsis:
Presented in four parts – Juarez, Libya, South Sudan and Rio – Witness focuses on three determined photojournalists: Eros Hoagland, who explores the gang- and drug-related violence in both Juarez, Mexico and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Michael Christopher Brown, who chronicles escalating ethnic tensions in the wake of Muammar Gaddafi’s ouster last year in Libya; and Véronique de Viguerie, who follows the “Arrow Boys” and their struggle against General Kony in South Sudan. Between these three, their photos have appeared in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Paris Match, The Guardian and many other publications.
Looks pretty exciting to me. For those interested in this subject matter, check out Christian Frei’s Academy Award nominated ‘War Photographer’ from 2001. His film focused on photojournalist James Nachtwey and proved to be an intense experience that looked at the perceived invincibility of the photographer and the moral and ethical dilemmas faced when shooting in ravaged war zones. I’m sure Witness will explore soe of the same territory.
Witness: Juarez premieres on HBO, Monday, November 5th at 9pm and is directed by series creator David Frankham. The other three parts will air throughout November: ‘Libya’ (directed by Abdallah Omeish), ‘Rio’ and ‘South Sudan’ (both directed by Frankham). Check out the trailer for the series embedded above.