Tripoli, . . .[restrict]9 September
A film documentary following the American war photographer Michael Christopher Brown’s experiences during the Libya conflict last year, has been shown at the 69th Venice Film Festival in Italy.
‘Witness Libya’ was produced by Michael Mann, who is chairing the prestigious festival, in collaboration with director David Frankham. The film is one of a four-part documentary series following combat photographers into conflict zones. In ‘Witness Libya,’ a small camera crew record Brown’s experiences in Libya a few months after the downfall of Qaddafi. Brown suffered several injuries while photographing the revolution, including being shot in the leg. He also sustained a serious shrapnel injury during a mortar attack in Misrata, which also killed two other photojournalists.
Although the film was not entered into the competition, it was shown as a tribute to these two combat photographers, who lost their lives documenting last year’s revolution. Award-winning American combat photographer Chris Hondros and British photojournalist Tim Hetherington were both killed in Misrata on 20 April.
After Hetherington’s death the people of Ajdabiya renamed the town’s main square Tim Hetherington Square, in his honour. According to Al Jazeera a local surgeon said that Hetherington was “one of the people transmitting the light of truth”, adding: “We have named the square after this hero and I now consider Tim as one of our martyrs.”