The Bang Bang Club

The Bang Bang Club, a new film by Steven Silver, was shown last week in the Thompson 106 auditorium.  The movie, based on the true events in the early 1990s in South Africa, told the story of four young combat photographers.  The film featured the struggle of these four photographers during the Apartheid.  With turmoil throughout the streets of South Africa, the distress is represented around the world because of the brave photographers who risked their lives to document such events.  As the country experienced complete mayhem, the brave journalists placed themselves directly in the middle of it all to gather the story and present it to the world and show them what was really happening.

It is my dream to become a photojournalist. I hope to document and provide people with the struggles that many face throughout the world. After watching this movie, I realized how difficult this profession can be and what major baggage may come with it.  As horrific events are documented by photojournalists, they must experience some negative side effects  after witnessing and then documenting images of human suffering that will ultimately stay with them forever.  Photojournalists face major criticism from the world for showcasing such terrors even though the events are exposed to the public eye. They must learn how to deal with such criticisms and not let it affect their motivation and ultimately their career.

I feel it is necessary that photojournalists continue to do what they have done for many years.  In today’s society people are so absorbed in themselves that they do not understand or can not even comprehend or wish to comprehend what other people around the world experience daily.  I find it inspiring that photojournalists bring the stories of many to the world in order to educate and notify society of the realities people face.  It is important that people are exposed to the different joys and struggles of varieties of lifestyles throughout many cultures throughout the world. The photojournalists did such this which is  portrayed in the movie, The Bang Bang Club, and it is my dream to do this as well.


About LSinclair

I am a Junior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst studying Journalism and Anthropology. I am interested in photojournalism. I hope to some day travel the world and write for National Geographic
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