A film festival named Behind the Lines/Between the Lines is being organised by the US Consulate General in collaboration with the Aseema Trust to honour the memory of murdered journalist Daniel Pearl. The festival will be held in Chennai, Bangalore and Thiruvananthapuram.
Pearl was a journalist who was kidnapped and brutally murdered by the Al Qaeda in 2002 in Pakistan. This film festival seeks to pay tribute to Pearl's ideals by bringing together artists, film makers and journalists from all over the world to discuss the imporatance of free pree and share their own experiences.
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Information Officer Emily S Fertik, while speaking to reporters said that every single person who participates in this one-of-a-kind festival would gain comprehensive knowledge of the kind of challenges, both physical and ethical, that journalists, and the media in general, face.
She said, "The brutal killings of journalists, aid workers, and others in the last months have driven home the dangers faced by those who choose to go behind the lines to report, to help, and to tell the stories of those suffering in conflict zones."
Spread over 3 days (in each city), the festival also honors other journalists, such as James Foley, Steven Sotloff, David Haines and Alan Henning, who were murdered by extremist militants while reporting in war zones.