2009 USA
Duration: 100 mins


This stark and powerful documentary follows New York Times columnist Nick Kristof on his travels to some of the worst places on the planet. The film examines his creative process as he looks for subjects to cover: He wants his columns to explain not only a geo-political situation, but also its effect on the people who live in these hellholes. Take, for example, Yohanita, a 41-year-old woman from the Congo: “Villagers took what looked like a bundle of rags out of one thatch-roof hut and laid it on the ground. Only it wasn’t a bunch of rags, it was a woman dying of starvation.” While Reporter is predominately about Kristof, it’s the people he writes about who will remain with you when the lights go up. —DH

Festival Screenings

Featured in the 2009 Mountainfilm Festival.