Consider this statistic: Only two journalists were killed covering World War I. Almost 900 have been killed covering conflicts in the past two decades. The dangers faced by the brave men and women who risk their lives in order to bring back firsthand accounts of hostilities abroad are the subject of a new documentary by Martyn Burke (Pirates of Silicon Valley). Under Fire: Journalists in Combat explores the changing face of war reporting, investigating how the 24-hour news cycle demands a constant presence on the ground in war-torn areas, often pushing journalists into the line of fire.
Award-winning, high-profile reporter Marie Colvin was killed reporting from Syria just weeks ago. The journalists who return to civilian life often need the same post-traumatic stress disorder therapy as the soldiers they cover due to the events they’ve witnessed. Burke’s bleak Under Fire is a look at the horrors that war wreaks even on its chroniclers. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 14 Pews, 800 Aurora. For information, call 281-88809677 or visit www.14pews.org. Free to $10.
Fri., March 9; Sat., March 10, 2012