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OPC and the HRW Film Festival Present: Bellingcat – Truth in a Post-Truth World
The Human Rights Watch Film Festival is showcasing two films that will be presented in association with the OPC. On June 20, join us for a look at the work of Bellingcat, a film that speaks to the dangers faced by journalists uncovering the truth worldwide.
A Q&A will follow with Christiaan Triebert, film subject and journalist, Visual Investigations at The New York Times; Jay Rosen, film subject, NYU Professor of Journalism and writer of pressthink.org blog; and past OPC Governor Emma Daly, Communications Director, HRW.
Bellingcat – Truth in a Post-Truth World follows the revolutionary rise of the “citizen investigative journalist” collective known as Bellingcat, dedicated to redefining breaking news by exploring the promise of open source investigation. This highly skilled and controversial collective exposes the truth behind global news stories – from identifying the exact location of an Islamic State murder through analysis of a video distributed on YouTube, to tracking the story behind the mysterious poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in the UK – Bellingcat hunts down answers using social media, reconstruction techniques, and audio analysis. From his home in the English countryside, de facto leader Eliot Higgins and his team of volunteer truth-seekers put newspapers, networks and governments to the test, shedding light on the fight for journalistic integrity in the era of fake news and alternative facts.
Watch the trailer here: