Gary Knight, President of the jury of the 26th edition

© Alizé Le Maoult

The president of our jury this year will be one of the most seasoned war photographers of our time. Gary Knight’s photos have been published by Newsweek, Time, The Sunday Times, The New York Times, Paris Match, Stern and National Geographic. His work has been exhibited all over the world and is included in the collections of several museums. Gary Knight is also co-founder and a director of the VII Agency.

 

Gary Knight began his photography career in the late 1980’s photographing the wars in Cambodia and Burma. He was a contract photographer for Newsweek in the 1990’s and 2000’s during which time he photographed the wars in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Liberia, Congo and Israel Palestine.

Gary is co-founder and director of the VII Photo Agency. He is also the co-director of the VII Foundation and director and founder of the VII Academy. Gary is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Frontline Club, London; co-founder of The GroundTruth Project, Boston; founding director of the Program for Narrative & Documentary Practice at the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University; twice chair and president of the World Press Photo Award; was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2009; and a Logan Non Fiction Fellow at the Carey Institute in 2017.

« It is a great privilege to be invited to Chair the jury of the Bayeux Award for war correspondents this year and to honour the men and women who file dispatches and images from fields of conflict. It is especially poignant to do this at a time when our media are increasingly under attack by politicians and governments – even in countries where a free press is enshrined in the constitution. War reporting is a vital and essential function of journalism. It is critical to civil society, to our sense of justice and accountability and to basic human rights.
As the late Marie Colvin said in 2010, two years before she was killed in Homs: “The public have a right to know what our government, and our armed forces, are doing in our name. Our mission is to speak the truth to power. We send home that first rough draft of history. We can and do make a difference in exposing the horrors of war and especially the atrocities that befall civilians”. »

Gary Knight


Visual

The 2019 visual is a photo from the 2018 winning report. This photograph taken by Mahmud Hams from Agence France-Presse (AFP), was part of his report shot in Gaza between February and May 2018.

Caption: Palestinian Saber al-Ashkar, 29, hurls rocks during clashes with Israeli forces along the border with the Gaza strip, east of Gaza City, on May 11, 2018, as Palestinians demonstrate for the right to return to their historic homeland in what is now Israel.

Mahmud Hams
Mahmud Hams, 38, holds a degree from the Islamic University of Gaza in journalism and information. He joined Agence France-Presse in 2003 and covers day-to-day current affairs in the Gaza Strip and occasionally in Libya and Egypt. He has received many international awards including the Bayeux award in 2007 and 2018.

© Bayeux Award photo 2018 – Mahmud Hams / AFP


An exceptional occasion for school children

For the 26th edition the HCR - the United Nations Agency for refugees - and Ouest-France newspaper will be organising an outstanding event for middle and high school students in Normandy, “the HCR-Ouest-France Encounters”.

As partners of the Bayeux award the HCR and Ouest-France will be addressing school students and inviting them to meet refugees who will talk about their experiences of exile and the importance of international protection for those fleeing from war and persecution. In this age of instantaneous information, the HCR and Ouest-France aim to give young people a different understanding of the position of refugees in France and around the world.


Workshop Nikon – Le Manoir

In the framework of the Bayeux award for war correspondents, Nikon will be organising a workshop for talented young photojournalists, as it has done each year since 2013.

This year, Nikon is joining forces with the Manoir Centre, which was set up in 2014 by France Médias Monde to provide training for journalists working in dangerous zones. In association with INA (the French national audiovisual archive) and with the support of Reporters Without Borders, the Manoir will soon have trained almost 300 journalists from a variety of backgrounds. The training course was designed for journalists working for France Médias Monde, but is open to all media and is training journalists from Le Monde newspaper, Arte, Canal + and the French public television channels, among others. The training provided by the Manoir is now recognised as the reference standard in its field.

While it is obvious that research and information-sharing are essential, the safety of journalists on assignment has to be both the primary concern and the starting point in the editorial process. Because the journalist is the principal player in his or her own safety, the Manoir provides specific training and methodologies given by journalists to journalists, and brings in leading experts in the fields of health, emergency rescue and psychology. The effects of weapons, the dangers of mines and orientation skills are also taught by expert practitioners who are experienced in training news professionals.

By the end of the training course, the journalist situated in a danger zone is able to assess risks more accurately, to understand critical situations and to react more adroitly to accidents in the field.

With over a century of existence and by virtue of its values and commitment, supporting photojournalists is part of Nikon’s DNA. In partnership with the Manoir, Nikon wants to support talented young photojournalists in the exercise of their profession by giving them the best possible training.

© GUILLAUME LOUYOT – FRANCE MEDIAS MONDE


New partners for the 26th edition

Médecins Sans Frontières


Doctors Without Borders is an international humanitarian medical organization which was set up in Paris in 1971 by doctors and journalists. MSF provides medical aid to populations whose lives or health are threatened, particularly in cases of armed conflicts but also when there are epidemics or natural disasters.
For almost 50 years the organization has been developing its work in the same regions as war correspondents, and shares the same aims – to raise awareness of and highlight the plight of populations suffering the consequences of conflict. From Afghanistan, Rwanda and the Balkans yesterday to Iraq, Central African Republic or Yemen today, MSF is there to treat the suffering and bear witness.
So it follows quite naturally that MSF has now become a partner of the Bayeux award for war correspondents.
Photography has played an important role in the history of MSF. War photographers and photojournalists have been working alongside humanitarian teams for years, capturing the immediacy of events with pictures that reflect personal stories. But behind the immediacy, their work also allows the background history of a region and the suffering of populations affected by conflict, natural disasters or disease to be revealed.

Crédit Agricole Normandie


Crédit Agricole Normandie is a co-operative bank and the leading financial institution in its region, with 748,000 clients. It offers the full range of expertise needed to meet the banking and insurance requirements of individuals, companies and local authorities.
As a player in both economic and social sectors Crédit Agricole Normandie is also involved in major structural projects in the region. As a leading bank it was therefore natural that it should be a partner of the Bayeux award for war correspondents through the Young Reporter award.
We are very proud to be associated with this internationally renowned event which has been enhancing the reputation of our region for more than 20 years. The Bayeux award sheds light on and helps us to decipher current affairs in an increasingly complex world by paying tribute to journalists - who carry out their profession at the risk of their lives - and who ensure the freedom and independence of information, which is fundamental to our democracies.

France Télévisions


France Télévisions was the leading audiovisual group in France in 2018 with an audience share of 28.4%, attracting 32 million people in France every day thanks to a rich and varied mix of programming.
In a world which is more and more complex and uncertain, information – which is at the core of France Télévisions’ mission – is an essential component in building a bond of trust with the audience.
14.5 million viewers keep up with current affairs through France Télévisions’ news programmes every day. The group provides the broadest range of factual programming in the French television landscape with more than 60 regular shows across the group’s channels – investigative current affairs magazines, political and debate shows, magazines devoted to social themes, the economy, Europe, international current affairs and culture.
France Télévisions is treating the fight against fake news and taking action to encourage media education as a priority: new formats have been created to scrutinise information that is circulating, such as “Faux et usage de faux” (“Forgery and falsification”), in the 8pm television news bulletin on France 2 and “ Vrai ou fake – l’envers de l’info” (“True or fake – behind the news”) on France Info channel 27, not forgetting the website “Vrai ou fake” (“True or fake”) on franceinfo.fr which brings together all the fact-checking modules provided by the main public service media.


25th edition of the Bayeux Calvados-Normandy Award: results

Fifty war correspondents have gathered in Bayeux on October 12th and 13th to debate and award trophies in the following categories: photo, print, radio, television, grand format television, young reporter (photo) and video image. Three honorary awards have been attributed: the Regional prize for students and trainees of Normandy (television), the Public’s Choice award (photo) and the Ouest-France – Jean Marin prize (print). Presided by Christiane Amanpour, the international jury of the 25th edition of the Bayeux Calvados-Normandy Award for war correspondents has reached its verdict…

“I am proud to be in Bayeux and to chair the international jury of the 25th Bayeux Calvados-Normandy Award for war correspondents. The entries are extremely powerful and of a very high quality. It was a pleasure to watch them with my colleagues, discuss them, debate and vote.
Christiane Amanpour


PHOTO TROPHY – INTERNATIONAL JURY
AWARDED BY NIKON

1st Prize

Mahmud HAMS
AFP
Clashes on Gaza’s border
PALESTINE

Palestinian Saber al-Ashkar, 29, hurls rocks during clashes with Israeli forces along the border with the Gaza strip, east of Gaza City, on May 11, 2018, as Palestinians demonstrate for the right to return to their historic homeland in what is now Israel © AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS
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2nd Prize

Laurent VAN DER STOCKT
LE MONDE
La vieille ville de Mossoul : la bataille contre le dernier bastion de Daesh
IRAQ

3rd Prize

Juan BARRETO
AFP
Venezuela: anti-government protests
VENEZUELA


TELEVISION TROPHY – INTERNATIONAL JURY
AWARDED BY AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

1st Prize

Nima ELBAGIR, Alex PLATT and Raja RAZEK
CNN
Libya Slave Auction
LIBYA

2nd Prize

Clive MYRIE and Darren CONWAY
BBC
Mexico’s drug war
MEXICO

3e Prix

Jonathan HEAD and Daniel BULL
BBC
Rohingya
BANGLADESH


PHOTO TROPHY – PUBLIC’S CHOICE AWARD
SPONSORED BY THE FRENCH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (AFD)

1st Prize

Paula BRONSTEIN
GETTY IMAGES REPORTAGE
The Rohingya crisis: a harrowing journey
BANGLADESH

A Rohingya girl cries, traumatized after days of walking, with little sleep, as thousands of people fleeing from Myanmar are stranded in the scorching hot sun on a muddy rice field waiting to be allowed into the camps by Bangladeshi Border guards in Anjuman Para, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh on October 16, 2017 © Paula BRONSTEIN
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PRINT TROPHY – INTERNATIONAL JURY
AWARDED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF CALVADOS

1st Prize

Kenneth R. ROSEN
THE ATAVIST MAGAZINE
The Devil’s Henchmen
IRAQ

2nd Prize

Wolfgang BAUER
ZEITMAGAZIN INTERNATIONAL
The poison of war
SUDAN

3rd Prize

Rukmini CALLIMACHI
THE NEW YORK TIMES
La méthode Daech, ou l’administration par la terreur
IRAQ


RADIO TROPHY – INTERNATIONAL JURY
AWARDED BY THE D-DAY LANDING COMMITTEE

1st Prize

Gwendoline DEBONO
EUROPE 1
Ni prisonnières, ni réfugiées : femmes djihadistes en Syrie
SYRIA

2nd Prize

Julie PIETRI
FRANCE INTER
Rohingyas, l’enfer de la traversée
BANGLADESH

3rd Prize

Martin PATIENCE
BBC
Survivre à une tempête de neige syrienne
SYRIAN BORDER (LEBANON)


YOUNG REPORTER TROPHY (PHOTO) – INTERNATIONAL JURY
SPONSORED BY CAPA PRESSE TV

1st Prize

Mushfiqul ALAM
FREELANCE
The Great Exodus
BANGLADESH

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GRAND FORMAT TELEVISION TROPHY – INTERNATIONAL JURY
AWARDED BY SCAM

1st Prize

Nicolas BERTRAND and Thomas DONZEL
FRANCE 2
Rohingyas : les damnés de la Birmanie
MYANMAR and BANGLADESH


VIDEO IMAGE TROPHY – INTERNATIONAL JURY
SPONSORED BY Bew TV / FRANCE 24 / ARTE

1st Prize

Darren CONWAY
BBC
Mexico’s drug war
MEXICO


PRINT TROPHY – OUEST-FRANCE – JEAN MARIN

1st Prize

Jean-Philippe REMY
LE MONDE
Le Yémen en guerre
YEMEN


TELEVISION TROPHY – REGIONAL PRIZE FOR STUDENTS AND TRAINEES OF NORMANDY

1st Prize

Stéphanie PEREZ, Nicolas AUER and Laetitia NIRO
FRANCE 2
Les lionceaux du Califat : des bombes à retardement ?
IRAQ


Our 25th international jury

Forty-seven professionals are doing us the great honour to participate in the jury's deliberations. This 25th edition will be presided by  Christiane Amanpour. The jury will review 50 reports and award seven trophies.

PATRICIA ALLEMONIÈRE – TF1
GUILLAUME BALLARD – OUEST-FRANCE
MARIE-EVE BÉDARD – RADIO CANADA
LOÏCK BERROU – FRANCE 24
MICHEL BEURET – GRAND REPORTER
ÉRIC BIEGALA – FRANCE CULTURE
CHRISTOPHE BOLTANSKI – GRAND REPORTER
JEREMY BOWEN – BBC
JEAN-PIERRE CANET – SCAM
PATRICK CHAUVEL – PHOTO-REPORTER
ALBÉRIC DE GOUVILLE – MAISON DES JOURNALISTES
PATRICK DE NOIRMONT – PHOTO-REPORTER
JÉRÔME DELAY  – ASSOCIATED PRESS
GRÉGOIRE DENIAU – GRAND REPORTER
SAMUEL FOREY – XXI
FRANCIS GAUGAIN – FRANCE BLEU NORMANDIE
JEAN HATZFELD – JOURNALISTE ÉCRIVAIN
CÉCILE HENNION – LE MONDE
ETIENNE HUVER – GRAND REPORTER
KATIA JARJOURA – RÉALISATRICE
OLIVIER JOBARD – PHOTO-REPORTER
CHRISTOPHE KENCK – FRANCE TV
FRANCIS KOHN – JOURNALISTE
KAREN LAJON – LE JOURNAL DU DIMANCHE

MARTINE LAROCHE-JOUBERT – GRAND REPORTER
ALAIN LE GOUGUEC – SCAM
PATRICE LORTON – CAPA PRESSE
GUILLAUME MARTIN – GRAND REPORTER
LUCAS MENGET – FRANCE INFO
ALAIN MINGAM – CONSULTANT MÉDIAS
JEAN-MARC MOJON – AFP
CATHERINE MONNET – RSF
MARCO NASSIVERA – ARTE
CATHERINE NAYL – FRANCE INTER
SOPHIE NIVELLE-CARDINALE – GRAND REPORTER
SYLVIE NOËL – RFI
JEAN-PIERRE PERRIN – JOURNALISTE ÉCRIVAIN
JON RANDAL – GRAND REPORTER
LAURENT REBOURS – ASSOCIATED PRESS
PATRICK ROBERT – PHOTO-REPORTER
MORT ROSENBLUM – GRAND REPORTER
MARC SIMON – JOURNALISTE
JON SWAIN – GRAND REPORTER
ESTELLE VERET – REUTERS
ED VULLIAMY – THE GUARDIAN
VIVIENNE WALT – TIME MAGAZINE
THOMAS ZRIBI – NOVA PRODUCTIONS


Nikon Workshop – Le Manoir

In the framework of the Prix Bayeux for War Correspondents, Nikon will be organising a workshop for talented young photojournalists, as it has done each year since 2013.

This year, Nikon is joining forces with the Manoir Centre, which was set up in 2014 by France Médias Monde to provide training for journalists working in dangerous zones. In association with INA (the French national audiovisual archive) and with the support of Reporters Without Borders, the Manoir will soon have trained almost 300 journalists from a variety of backgrounds. The training course was designed for journalists working for France Médias Monde, but is open to all media and is training journalists from Le Monde newspaper, Arte, Canal + and the French public television channels, among others. The training provided by the Manoir is now recognised as the reference standard in its field.

While it is obvious that research and information-sharing are essential, the safety of journalists on assignment has to be both the primary concern and the starting point in the editorial process. Because the journalist is the principal player in his or her own safety, the Manoir provides specific training and methodologies given by journalists to journalists, and brings in leading experts in the fields of health, emergency rescue and psychology. The effects of weapons, the dangers of mines and orientation skills are also taught by expert practitioners who are experienced in training news professionals.

By the end of the training course, the journalist situated in a danger zone is able to assess risks more accurately, to understand critical situations and to react more adroitly to accidents in the field.

With over a century of existence and by virtue of its values and commitment, supporting photojournalists is part of Nikon’s DNA. In partnership with the Manoir, Nikon wants to support talented young photojournalists in the exercise of their profession by giving them the best possible training.

Come and meet us at the Prix Bayeux Calvados and talk to our teams.


Christiane Amanpour, President of the jury

A world-famous journalist has done us the great honour of agreeing to preside over the jury’s deliberations this year. Christiane Amanpour is one of the best-known journalists in the profession and a winner of many awards.
Christiane Amanpour is CNN's chief international correspondent and anchor of the network's award-winning, flagship global affairs program "Amanpour," which also airs on PBS in the United States. She is based in the network's London bureau.

Beginning in 1983 as an entry-level assistant on the international assignment desk at CNN’s headquarters in Atlanta, Amanpour rose through the organization becoming a reporter at the New York bureau, and later, the network’s leading international correspondent.

Amanpour’s fearless and uncompromising approach made her popular with audiences, and a force to be reckoned with by global influencers — in 1996, Newsweek said that her reporting from conflict hotspots in the Gulf and the Balkans had helped make CNN ‘must-see TV for world leaders’.

From the 1991 Gulf War, the 2003 American-led invasion, Amanpour has documented the bloody violence which has marked Iraq’s recent history. In 2004, she also reported exclusively from the courtroom at the trial of Saddam Hussein, where the former dictator, disheveled and in chains, was eventually sentenced to death for crimes against humanity.

On the ground during the siege of Sarajevo, Amanpour exposed the brutality of the Bosnian War, reporting on the daily tragedy of life for civilians in the city. She was outspoken, calling out the human rights abuses, massacres and genocide committed against the Bosnian Moslems, later saying “There are some situations one simply cannot be neutral about, because when you are neutral you are an accomplice.”

In 2009 “Amanpour” was launched, and the primetime interview program has seen Amanpour speak to a raft of leaders and decision makers on the issues affecting the world today.

Throughout her time at CNN Amanpour has secured exclusive interviews with global power players. In the wake of the September 11 attacks she was the first international correspondent to interview British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf and Afghan President Hamid Karzai. During the height of the Arab Spring she conducted an Emmy-winning interview, the last, with Libya’s former leader ‘Colonel’ Moammar Gadhafi, she was also the last journalist to interview Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak just before he was deposed.

Following his landslide election victory, Amanpour spoke exclusively to Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, eliciting from him acknowledgement of the occurrence of the Holocaust. She was the first journalist to interview Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff following her country’s shocking defeat in the 2014 World Cup semi-final. She also had the rare opportunity to sit down with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, talking to him about the widespread violent demonstrations in his country.

In January 2014, Amanpour also exclusively broke the news of a dossier of testimony and photographs which alleged to show systematic torture of prisoners by government forces in Syria, welcoming a panel of war crimes experts who attested to the veracity of the shocking allegations. It was with this evidence that she later confronted Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev — challenging him to justify his government’s support for the Assad regime.

She has reported from the aftermath of many humanitarian crises including the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the 2011 Japanese tsunami, and Hurricane Katrina, where she visited a community center which had been converted to a makeshift morgue for victims of the storm.

In addition to her work as an anchor and reporter, Amanpour is an active rights campaigner. A board member of the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Centre for Public Integrity and the International Women’s Media Foundation, she has used her profile to raise awareness of key global issues and journalists’ rights. She has interviewed educational rights activist Malala Yousafzai for CNN on several occasions — bringing focus to her courage and international advocacy work. In May 2014 she used an appearance on BBC television to raise awareness of the plight of the 200 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram – asking British Prime Minister David Cameron to join the #BringBackOurGirls campaign.

Amanpour has earned every major television journalism award including eleven News and Documentary Emmy Awards, four Peabody Awards, two George Polk Awards, three duPont-Columbia Awards and the Courage in Journalism Award. She has received nine honorary degrees, has been named a CBE and was this year inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame. She is an honorary citizen of Sarajevo and a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Freedom of the Press and the Safety of Journalists.

Amanpour graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.


Call for candidates

The Bayeux Calvados-Normandy award for war correspondents rewards reports about a conflict situation or its impact on civilians, or news stories involving the defence of freedom and democracy.

The report must have been made between 1 June 2017 and 31 May 2018. A €7,000 prize is awarded in each category.

The reports must be submitted to the following address by 8 June 2018:
Bayeux Award for War Correspondents – Hôtel de Ville – 19, rue laitière – BP 21215 – 14402 Bayeux Cedex or info@prixbayeux.org

The categories of media represented are: radio – photography – television (short and long formats) – written press and the young reporter prize (photo this year).

Ten prizes are awarded

Six prizes awarded by the international jury

  • Written Press Prize sponsored by the Calvados Department – €7000
  • Television Prize sponsored by Amnesty International- €7000
  • Radio Prize sponsored by the D-Day Landing Committee – €7000
  • Photo Prize sponsored by Nikon – €7000
  • Grand format Television Prize sponsored by the Scam – €7000
  • Young reporter Prize sponsored by CAPA agency – €3000

Four special prizes

  • The Ouest-France – Jean Marin Prize (written press) – €4000
  • The Public Prize (photo) sponsored by the Agence Française de Développement – €3000
  • The Normandy Region secondary School Students’ Prize (television) – €3000
  • The video image prize sponsored by Arte, France 24 and Bew TV – €3000

Regulations

• The Young Reporter’s Award: in 2018: the category is photo. Since there is a different category according to the years, the presented story must have been realized between 1 June 2016 and 31 May 2018.

• Written press category: the application must be made up of an article or a series of one to five articles on the same subject.

• Television category: the length of the report must be between 1 minute 30 seconds and 6 minutes. The report submitted must be identical to the broadcast piece.

• Grand format television category: the length of the report must be between 6 and 30 minutes. The report submitted must be identical to the broadcast piece.

• Radio category: the length of the report must be between 1 minute and 6 minutes. The report submitted must be identical to the broadcast piece.

• Photo category: The application comprises a report made up of 8 to 15 photos.


The 25th edition will be an exceptional occasion for school children

For the 25th edition, the Ouest-France newspaper, the town of Bayeux, the Département of Calvados, the Normandy region and the Normandy Board of Education will be organizing an exceptional educational project aimed at students in Normandy aged 15 and up - “Ouest-France Encounters: Forgotten Conflicts which have shaped our World”.

As a long-term partner of the Prix Bayeux, for this anniversary edition Ouest-France wanted to give young people an opportunity to look back over 25 years of conflicts based on the reporting of senior correspondents who have won awards at the Prix Bayeux, and covering Rwanda, Afghanistan and Yugoslavia. In contrast with the immediacy of news today, Ouest-France will enable students to re-visit events from history and to take a considered look at these now forgotten conflicts.


Visual

The 2018 visual is a photo from the 2017 winning report. This photograph taken by Ali Arkady from VII agency, was part of his report shot in Iraq between November and December 2016.

Caption: A woman spoke with the ERD intelligence officer from fear, the day before her house was bombed by Iraqi air strikes and her house was completely burned and ISIS kidnapped her is brother. In Qabr al-Abd village, Hammam al-Alil, Mosul on 11/7/2016.

Ali Arkady
Ali Arkardy is a photographer and photojournalist from Khanaqin, Iraq, located in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq near the Iranian border. A graduate of the Fine Arts Institution in Khanaqin, Ali has been working as a photographer since 2006 and currently is focusing on photo stories about Iraqis injured and disabled during war. He is mentored by VII photographer Ed Kashi.

© Prix Bayeux-Calvados photo 2017 – Ali Arkady / VII


[Audio] « Mosul » avant-première européenne

Ce documentaire, réalisé par Olivier Sarbil et diffusé en avant-première à Bayeux, jeudi 5 Octobre 2017, suit un groupe de jeunes soldats des forces spéciales sur la ligne de front de la bataille la plus brutale d’Irak pour détruire le dernier bastion d’ISIS. Au cours de six mois de tournage à l’intérieur de Mossoul, le journaliste français Olivier Sarbil réalise un portrait viscéralement intime de la guerre.

La projection fut suivie d’un échange animé par Loïck Berrou avec Olivier Sarbil, Gwendoline Debono et Laurent Van der Stockt