Movie-talk evening on the role of media in war and conflicts  

onsdag 24. januar 2024 17:30

Institut francais de Norvège
Holtegata 29 0355 Oslo

We invite you to discover the French-Canadian-Belgian war drama film Sympathy for the Devil (Sympathie pour le diable, 100 min), directed by Guillaume de Fontenay in 2019. Based on the book written by the French war correspondent Paul Marchand, the film stars Niels Schneider as Marchand covering the Bosnian War in the 1990s. Multi-awarded in Canada, the movie raises moral questions and depicts the reality of war correspondents, highly contemporary themes in the context of the conflicts in Ukraine and Palestine.

Synopsis: “1992, war is raging in what will become Ex-Yugoslavia. Paul is covering the siege of Sarajevo. Racing through Sniper’s Alley in his white Ford, the Frenchman relentlessly tells the apathetic western world about the ongoing massacre. In a urban war zone where everything that moves is a target, Paul tries to live, love and inform.”.

Watch its trailer: https://youtu.be/UbSYzjjPxcY

Christian Borch is journalist and former news anchor and TV presenter at NRK where he was employed from 1978 until 2015 and spent more than 20 years as foreign affairs reporter and 10 years as news anchor. He has published a large number of books of which the last «Bak kulissene» is from 2023: A book that centres on the relationship between political power, lies and distorted images of reality, social injustice and the will to find the truth in it all.

Dr. Kristin Skare Orgeret is Professor at the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet), where she co-heads the research group Media, War and Conflict (MEKK). She has lived and worked in France and many African countries and published extensively in the field of journalism, freedom of speech and safety of journalists, in addition to the role of media and journalism in conflict and war. She is frequently used as a media commentator and received OsloMet’s Dissemination Award in 2022.