August 21, 2008
Photo Exhibit Featuring Work of Reuters
What: Journey: Dan Eldon’s Images of War and Peace
The war photography, collages and a variety of art supplies, journals and personal belongings of Dan Eldon, a Reuters war correspondent who was killed in Somalia in 1993 during a riot.
During his last year of life, Dan Eldon—the son of a British father and American mother who grew up in Kenya—was among a small cadre of journalists who alerted the world to a major famine in Somalia. As many as 1,000 people a day were starving to death when Newsweek, Time, and many international daily newspapers began to pick up Dan’s images in 1992. According to his bureau chief at Reuters, Dan shot some of the finest images of the horrors of the tragedy that was then Somalia.
The traveling exhibit also contains a documentary of Eldon, “Dying to Tell the Story,” which will be screened Sept. 9 as part of the Webster University International Year in Human Rights Film Series in Moore Auditorium.
Where: Webster University May Gallery, Sverdrup Building 8300 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, Missouri
When: Opening reception, Friday, August 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. The reception will kick off Webster University’s International Year of Human Rights. David Carl Wilson, dean, College of Arts & Sciences, will make remarks. The exhibit will run until Sept. 19.
The event is free and open to the public.
The Webster University International Year of Human Rights Film SeriesTuesdays at 7 p.m. in September in Moore Auditorium, Webster Hall, 470 East Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, Missouri
Blood Diamond (Edward Zwick, 2006, USA, 143 min.) — 9/2 (Free) Set in the late 90s amid Sierra Leone’s civil war, an ex mercenary from Zimbabwe and a Mende fisherman work to recover a rare pink diamond.
Dying to Tell the Story (Kyra Thompson, 1998, USA, 95 min.) — 9/9 $6 general admission, $5 for non-Webster students and seniors, $4 Webster faculty and staff, Free to Webster A documentary examining the motivation behind journalist’s work in war zones, the film was made by Amy Eldon, the sister of Reuters photographer Dan Eldon who was killed in 1993 during a Somalia riot when he was 22 years old. The film features a number of prominent war journalists such as CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.
The Constant Gardener (Fernando Meirelles, 2005, USA, 129 min.) — 9/16 (Free) After his wife’s murder in Kenya, a British diplomat investigates his wife’s death and unravels a mystery involving members of the British High Commission and the questionable business practices of the pharmaceutical industry.
Nobelity (Turk Pipkin, 2006, USA,84 min.) —9/23(part of the Webster University Film Series — $6 general admission, $5 for non-Webster students and seniors, $4 Webster faculty and staff, Free to Webster students) A look at the world’s most pressing problems through the eyes of nine Nobel Laureates, Nobelity follows filmmaker Turk Pipkin’s personal journey to find enlightening answers about the kind of world our children and grandchildren will know. Filmed across the U.S., and in France, England, India, and Africa, the film features Nobel Laureates: Steven Weinberg, Jody Williams, Ahmed Zewail, Rick Smalley, Wangari Maathai, Sir Joseph Rotblat, Dr. Harold Varmus, Desmond Tutu, Amartya Sen.
A Killer Bargain (Tom Heinemann, 2006, USA/UK,56 min.) —9/30(part of the Webster University Film Series — $6 general admission, $5 for non-Webster students and seniors, $4 Webster faculty and staff, Free to Webster students) The Killer Bargain referred to in the title is the availability of cheap consumer goods, imported by Western companies, whose prices don’t reflect the actual human and environmental costs associated with their production in the developing world. Consumers remain largely unaware of the conditions under which the goods they buy are produced; this film makes those connections shockingly clear. While some retailers and manufacturers refuse to talk to the filmmakers, workers, doctors and scientists testify eloquently to the tremendous human costs of globalization.
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