Frontline Staff


April 5, 2012

Is Invisible Children’s KONY 2012 campaign baloney?

With over one hundred million ‘views’ the Kony 2012 video has started a far-reaching debate on the aims and value of a production seen by many as an over-simplification of complex situation.


April 2, 2012

UK Premiere Screening: Syria, Assads’ Twilight

When he came to power in June 2000 few perhaps expected the UK graduate of Medicine Bashar al-Assad would prove to be a ruthless dictator. Syria, Assads’ Twilight looks at the history of the Assad regime and its chances of survival.


March 30, 2012

FULLY BOOKED Screening: Saving Face

Every year hundreds of people, most of them women, are attacked with acid in Pakistan. Saving Face is a heartbreaking and human documentary that follows two of these survivors as they reveal their internal and external scars.


March 29, 2012

CANCELLED Screening: Zero Silence

Before any political revolution was in sight in the middle east, filmmakers Javeria Rizvi Kabani, Jonny von Walstrom and Alexandra Sandels visited Egypt, Tunisia, and Lebannon to witness the network revolutions already taking place. Following young activists, journalists, and bloggers we learn that silence is no longer an option among those with access to the new digital tools and networks created in the last few years.


March 29, 2012

The Tenth Parallel: Africa’s fault line between Christianity and Islam

Download this episode View in iTunes By Nicky Armstrong Solomon Mugera, the BBC’s Africa editor began by describing the balance where Islam and Christianity collide as ‘a delicate pendulum’. For the past seven years award-winning journalist and poet Eliza Griswold has travelled 9,000 miles along this line of collision known as the Tenth Parallel, meeting […]


March 28, 2012

The Trouble With Girls – raising daughters as sons in Afghanistan

By Ivana Davidovic “Why do we need to give a girl a boy’s face to give her freedom?”   That is the question asked by Azita Rafhat, a former member of the Afghan parliament, who opted for a radical decision to raise one of her four daughters as a boy, having succumbed to the still prevailing […]


March 27, 2012

What next for Putin’s Russia?

By Alan Selby Against a backdrop of growing discontent, and widespread allegations of fraud, Russia’s recent elections heralded Vladimir Putin’s re-election to the presidency. The man who many still saw as Russia’s de facto leader will now resume his tenure, four years after ostensibly ceding power to Dmitry Medvedev.  In light of these developments a […]


March 25, 2012

Al Jazeera’s Indian Hospital series preview: Q&A

‘Indian Hospital’ is a new six part series that looks at a new style ‘super’ profit driven hospital that also cares for people with limited means.


March 23, 2012

From the Frontline with Al Jazeera: Preview Screening- Indian Hospital

Screenings from the Frontline with Al Jazeera is a new initiative to contextualise the news and working experiences of journalists and filmmakers reporting from the political hotspots of our time.
Each screening of a pre-broadcast special report will be attended by the producers, cameramen and directors who will discuss the process of making them.


March 22, 2012

Nine years on is the UN still failing Darfur?

View event here. Download this episode View in iTunes By Nicky Armstrong  Last night’s event at the Frontline Club saw a heated debate between the expert panel and the audience on the UN’s presence in Darfur. Chaired by Patrick Smith, editor of Africa Confidential, the discussion bought up many of the tangled complexities surrounding the […]


March 20, 2012

Are cheap, local hires saving or ruining foreign reporting?

By Helena Williams Foreign reporting is changing. With news outlets’ budgets tightening, and competition, pressure and risks on the rise, foreign journalists working in conflict countries are abandoning traditional methods of reporting in favour of using cheap, local hires to get the story: “It used to be that you were a local journalist, and treated […]


March 19, 2012

Iran: dangerous or just misunderstood?

By Thomas Lowe International disagreement on the aims of the Iranian government was well represented on the discussion’s panel. Does Iran seek regional hegemony? Are its motivations aggressive or defensive? And the pointed question at the heart of the debate – what will Israel do next? Martin Fletcher, associate editor of The Times took the […]


March 15, 2012

Syria Solidarity Screenings: DOX BOX GLOBAL DAY

DOX BOX Global day is an initiative to keep the Syrian film festival alive by hosting a screening night on 15 March. The date marks not only what would be the closing night of the fifth festival that originated in Syria, but also the one year anniversary of the uprising in the country.


March 14, 2012

Apps for the Paps

  By Thomas Lowe It could have made no sense. But with a gently-gently approach to explaining new apps and why they exist, the gap between the journo geeks and the journo technophobes was momentarily bridged – with a little help from the BBC’s technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones. Empowerment: Former photographer for the dailies, Christian […]


March 13, 2012

Exclusive Preview Screening:Desert Riders

By Nicky Armstrong Camel racing is a sport for the wealthy and is a lucrative business throughout the UAE. Rich camel owners used to use trafficked young children as young as three for jockeys. Mainly from Pakistan, Sudan, Mauritania and Bangladesh they are used because of their light-weight to gain–an advantage in the races. The […]


March 12, 2012

Exclusive Preview Screening: Desert Riders

One of the most popular sports in the Middle East, camel racing is a prestigious and wealthy sport. Desert Riders exposes how the use of young boys as jockeys and the trafficking industry that has developed to bring them from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Mauritania and Sudan.


March 10, 2012

Jasad & the Queen of Contradictions

By Charlene Rodrigues   Popularly known as the Paris of the Middle East, Lebanon is said to be culturally liberal compared to most Arab countries in the Middle East. However, such is not the belief of Joumana Haddad, a Lebanese journalist and poet based in Beirut. She says, "I feel liberated but I wear a […]


March 9, 2012

World Premiere: Jasad & the Queen of Contradictions

Jasad and the Queen of Contradictions is a documentary about Lebanese poet and writer Joumana Haddad who has stirred controversy in the Middle East for having founded “Jasad” (the Body), a cultural quarterly Arabic-language magazine. Dedicated to the body’s art, science and literature, “Jasad” is one of the first of its kind in the Arab world.


March 8, 2012

First Wednesday: The problems facing Pakistan and its leadership

View event here. Download this episode View in iTunes By Rosie Scammell The Forum opened to a full house on Wednesday evening for a clash of opinions over the problems facing Pakistan. With BBC journalist Owen Bennett-Jones acting as chair, the government and military soon took centre stage, a relationship described as “A power struggle […]


March 8, 2012

It’s the Military, Stupid

By Thomas Lowe ‘Memogate’, nuclear weapons, Bin Laden, Imran Khan, US foreign policy, Afghanistan – it seems that global issues are destined to pass through Pakistan. But it’s the vast military apparatus at the very centre of the state of Pakistan that took the attention of the Frontline panel – and demanded the mediation skills […]


March 6, 2012

The promise and peril of the Arab revolution

“’It came out of nowhere because of Facebook and Google’ is not true. It was a long time coming.”


March 6, 2012

Screening: An Arab Spring in Saudi?

 By Charlene Rodrigues This time last year, when we witnessed uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, Shaimaa Khalil’s curiosity took her to the streets of Saudi Arabia to investigate what was happening in one of the world’s richest oil-producing countries. The resulting documentary, An Arab spring in Saudi?, is a study of the authoritarianism of the Saudi […]


March 2, 2012

Defending collaboration, with A. A. Gill and Tom Craig

View event here. By Alan Selby The advent of new media has seen an increasing pressure placed upon journalists to become multidisciplinary, but often to the detriment of each medium. During an evening moderated by David Campany, reader in photography at Westminster University, writer A. A. Gill and photographer Tom Craig mounted an impassioned defence […]


February 29, 2012

Frei at The Frontline Club

By Alan Selby A packed house at The Frontline Club heard Matt Frei regale them with tales from his long and illustrious career. The former BBC Washington correspondent, recently poached by Channel 4 News, was on fine form as he spoke to former BBC executive Vin Ray about more than 20 years with the BBC: […]


February 29, 2012

Matt Frei and the ‘light touch’ (five tips for journalists)

By Thomas Lowe In conversation with Vin Ray, Matt Frei let us into the deepest, darkest and funniest recesses of his journalistic mind. Here is his advice for putting together a good story for television. 1. Pictures Writing well for TV is quite simple, Frei says. The lesson is just to “get out of the way” of the […]


February 28, 2012

Screening: Darkhead

  By Charlene Rodrigues Torn by a lack of cultural identity, a Schwarzkopf or “Darkhead” is the word European born immigrants use to define themselves in Austria.   Arman T. Riahi’s documentary of the same name is a portrait of immigrant life in Austria, and follows Nazar, an Austro-Iranian 25-year-old rapper, as he and his […]


February 27, 2012

Mama Illegal

By Nicky Armstrong Women leaving Moldova and crossing the border into Romania and then on to European countries to work illegally has become a mass phenomenon that is tearing families apart. Bordering Romania and the Ukraine, Moldova is the poorest country in Europe, with an unemployment rate of 80%. Mamma Illegal follows three women between […]


February 27, 2012

#FCBBCA: Crisis in Syria – what can be done?

Almost a year since the uprising began in Syria, 7000 people are estimated to have died at the hands of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. The death this week of the revered journalist Marie Colvin – a founding member of the Frontline Club – has intensified the media spotlight on what has become a humanitarian crisis.
A panel of experts on the situation came to the Frontline Club on Friday for a #FCBBCA event exploring possible solutions to the situation.


February 26, 2012

Exclusive Preview Screening: Mama Illegal

A film about the sacrifices made by three Moldovan women who leave their homes and families to find work that they hope will pave the way for a better future.


February 23, 2012

Marie Colvin: “committed to telling the real story of war”

Friends and colleagues of Sunday Times journalist Marie Colvin gathered at the Frontline Club last night after hearing of her death during a rocket attack on the besieged city of Homs.  There were many tributes to Marie Colvin – and great stories – all recognising the qualities that made her a great journalist and remarkable […]