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To recognize filmmakers and film journalists who displayed conspicuous bravery in the pursuit of truth and put Freedom of Speech above all else, including their own personal safety, a special “Courage Under Fire” tribute will be presented by Current Media journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee.
The IDA will honor the best documentary films of the year including:
AFGAN STAR, the timely and moving film following the dramatic stories of four young finalists—two men and two women—as they hazard everything to compete in Afghanistan’s version of American Idol; ANVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL, the hilarious and unexpectedly moving account of an obscure Canadian metal band’s last-ditch quest for elusive fame and fortune; DIARY OF A TIMES SQUARE THIEF, which documents the search for the writer of a mysterious diary that the filmmaker finds on EBay; FOOD, INC., that lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that's been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies; and MUGABE AND THE WHITE AFRICAN, the story of Michael Campbell, a tough, humorous 74-year-old fifth-generation white African farmer who withstands land invasions and violence in his stand against Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s land seizure program. MUGABE AND THE WHITE AFRICAN participated in IDA’s DocuWeeks program in 2009.
The four nominated short films are: THE DELIAN MODE, an exploration of the life and work of electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire; SALT, a journey with photo-artist Murray Fredericks as he tries to capture the heart of the world's most featureless landscape on Lake Eyre, South Australia; SARI'S MOTHER, a mother’s navigation of Iraq’s health-care system in search of care for her son who is dying of AIDS; and THE SOLITARY LIFE OF CRANES, a visual poem–24 hours in life of a city seen through the eyes of crane operators. SALT and THE SOLITARY LIFE OF CRANES participated in IDA’s DocuWeeks program in 2009.
In the Limited Series category, the five nominees are: THE ALZHEIMER'S PROJECT, ARCHITECTURE SCHOOL, IN THEIR BOOTS, TIME FOR SCHOOL and WE SHALL REMAIN. Continuing Series nominees are AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, ICONOCLASTS and POV.
http://www.documentary.org/content/nominees-announced-2009-ida-awardsTo recognize filmmakers and film journalists who displayed conspicuous bravery in the... more
Glamour Magazine gave the two women the awards. They say it has been a slow recovery of the psychological torture they suffered.
http://www.examiner.com/x-20361-Phoenix-Natural-Health-Examiner~y2009m11d10-Euna-Lee-and-Laura-Ling-receive-Women-of-the-Year-awards-after-their-North-Korean-ordealGlamour Magazine gave the two women the awards. They say it has been a slow recovery... more
The adventures of Euna Lee and Laura Ling, the two CurrentTV journalists jailed in North Korea earlier this year only to be rescued in somewhat dramatic fashion by former President Bill Clinton already seems like another lifetime thanks to the current state of the news cycle. However, according to Publisher’s Marketplace readers will get an inside look into the experiences of the two women courtesy of Lee who has just signed a six-figure book deal with Broadway Books (an imprint of Random House).
Here is the announcement:
Korean-American journalist Euna Lee’s THE WORLD IS BIGGER NOW: A Memoir of Faith, Family and Freedom, about her experiences, with fellow Current TV journalist Laura Ling, being captured, incarcerated, and condemned to hard labor this year in communist North Korea, recounting the circumstances of her capture on March 17 at the border region of China and North Korea where she and Ling were investigating a story about the trafficking of female North Korean refugees, to Diane Salvatore at Broadway, with Vanessa Mobley editing, by Jennifer Gates and Todd Shuster of the Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency.
http://www.mediaite.com/online/euna-lee-scores-a-book-deal/The adventures of Euna Lee and Laura Ling, the two CurrentTV journalists jailed in... more
Dear Laura & Euna,
It's beautiful to see you two home, and in such good health and good spirits. I was praying for you, along with everyone else. But as I watch your video, and I hear you mention how grateful you are for all the support you received from anonymous people on the web, I can't help but wonder why your own network and website, Current, chose to silently censor any and all mention of your story, and deny it's online readership any explanation of this activity. Minutes after being posted, anything mentioning your names would be deleted, immediately. The largest outpouring of love and support for you came from Current users who had their words of support deleted.
Of course, there are many possibilities as to WHY Current would decide to remain silent on this issue, and a lot of them probably make sense, given that there is a connection to VP Gore here, and the entire Current community wanted nothing but to ensure your well being, and secure your safe return. However, a silencing edict like this one would have been a lot more effective if Current had communicated the reasoning and intent for it's censorship to it's users at some point. Without reasoning, the immediate and strange disappearance of all posts mentioning your names just comes across as unfortunate and ironic, given Current's stance on the concept of Free Media.Dear Laura & Euna, It's beautiful to see you two home, and in such good... more
On March 17, 2009, our colleagues, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, were arrested by
North Korean guards while reporting along the China-North Korea border.
After 140 days detained in North Korea, Laura and Euna returned home.
You can watch this "thank you" message and a full Vanguard special tribute to
Laura and Euna tonight on Current TV.
Laura and Euna Tribute
August 13, 6PM EST
August 14, 1PM EST
August 15, 12PM EST, 11PM EST
August 16, 10PM ESTOn March 17, 2009, our colleagues, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, were arrested by North... more
To Laura and Euna,
From the first day I discovered Current TV and saw Laura's work on Vanguard Journalism, I was absolutely inspired. I dreamed of coming to work for Current one day. I aspired to become the kind of journalist who tries to give a voice to the important yet unacknowledged issues in our world.
The day of the arrest, I was devastated. Like so many others, I kept you both in my heart and wrote to my senators, congressional representatives, members of the Obama administration and even the North Korean UN mission representative. With the help of some friends, we passed around the petition asking for amnesty and your safe return home.
Yesterday, when we heard about the pardon I was overjoyed and cried with relief and happiness. We are all so glad to have you back, safe and sound. The world is much the better for the honorable and vital role you both play in journalism. I look forward to seeing the brilliant things you will show us in the future. But for now, may you and your families enjoy every moment together, happily reunited.
All our love and respect,
Catherine and Emmanuel
San DiegoTo Laura and Euna, From the first day I discovered Current TV and saw Laura's... more
I wish I were there to add to the many hugs you will be receiving. I'm so glad you are both home. I've been thinking and praying for your safe return. This message is truly generic, but I really can't put it into words. I t would be like three pages long. ;) If you could see the tears streaming down my face, I think you know exactly how I feel. Welcome Home!!! ...and give that adorable little girl a hug for me too!!I wish I were there to add to the many hugs you will be receiving. I'm so glad... more
Laura and Euna,
I cant express how relieved I feel that today, after five long months, you have made it home safely. Since the moment news had broke of your capture, I felt heart ache over what may come of this whole ordeal. As an avid current user, I have missed your work and now can look forward to seeing you again, hopefully soon. Your work is amazing. Our prayors have been answered, and we hope that you can give us more insite about how the world truely is.
God bless you two,
AaronLaura and Euna, I cant express how relieved I feel that today, after five long... more
I am glad you made it back safely. I am looking forward to hearing your story. I do not think any of us can fully comprehend what you must have gone through. Welcome back!I am glad you made it back safely. I am looking forward to hearing your story. I do... more
cant express the joy of seeing u guys land safely back home. your little 4 yo is so adorable and has the cutest pink sweater on. continue to rest and take ur time getting back. thanks to all who helped get u guys back...cant express the joy of seeing u guys land safely back home. your little 4 yo is so... more
Prayers have been answered, the new poster reads " Laura & Euna Now Liberated -
You are now loud voices in the this world. Use your voice !
www.benphen.comPrayers have been answered, the new poster reads " Laura & Euna Now Liberated... more
You are both so brave, and inspirational as journalists. There is a great sense of relief with your release. I hope you can rest and feel free with your families, then eventually tell us your stories.You are both so brave, and inspirational as journalists. There is a great sense of... more
Ok, first of all, when I first heard the news story in March and they mentioned Laura Ling, I was like:
"Shit! The Vanguard journalist?"
And then Current.com replied
Ok, so the website did not literally reply to my cry of distress, but I think you get the idea. And spending 5-ish months under arrest in North Korea for the pursuit of truth? That's pretty badass. It's nice to see diplomacy and intelligence prevail in your release. I am excited with your return and can't wait to continue to enjoy your journalism.
Keep on keeping on Laura and Euna, I know you will. Welcome home.
----------------------------With the utmost respect,
P.S. This is the greatest excuse ever to get out of stuff you don't want to do. Who can argue with, "Hey, I was imprisoned in North Korea for five months, I think you can do this for me"Ok, first of all, when I first heard the news story in March and they mentioned Laura... more