2019 TIFF Movie Review: THIS IS NOT A MOVIE (Canada/Germany 2019) ****

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The groundbreaking and often game-changing reporting of legendary foreign correspondent and author Robert Fisk is profiled in the latest from acclaimed documentarian Yung Chang (Up the Yangtze).


Yung Chang

This doc for on foreign reporter Robert Fisk is designed  to arouse emotions.  It begins with the reason or reasons Fisk decides to become a reporter. This Chang (UP THE YANG-TSE) does by including a clip of Alfred Hitchcock’s suspense thriller FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT.

The hero inspired Fisk, and another inspiration is described by Fisk as a fireman falling to his knees crying while putting out a fire in Belfast when he saw part of a body by the fire hose  Chang evokes the raw emotions of both Fisk at that time transported in time to the present. Chang creates an eye opening vivid account of Fisk at work with his camera following Fisk on his assignments, particularly in Syria in the present. 

 Like a film within a film, this is a director reporting a reporter.  Director Chang also instills the truth that reporters have the duty to tell – especially in the times of fake news.  In the inspiring words of Fisk himself recorded by Chang: “If you do not go the front lines and see what is happening how can you see what the truth is?”  

A remarkable and  unbelievably inspiring doc!

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftjkRxikuO4


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