UPPA & ACME Screening: “When under fire: Shoot Back!”

  • National Theatre
  • 24th Nov
  • 7:00 PM on Tuesday


“The Uganda Press Photo Award in partnership with The African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) is organising a free film screening of the documentary “When under fire: Shoot Back!” on November 24th starting at 7:00 pm at the National Theater, in the C.I.C.P room on the first floor.

“When under fire: Shoot Back!” is the story of an unheard-of success and of a tragedy. It is also the story of a great friendship in the fight for freedom in South Africa. In their early twenties, Ken Oosterbroek, Joao Silva, Kevin Carter and Greg Marinovich went to the black townships to record the violence there, something no other white photographer had ever dared to do.

Their images went round the world and appeared on the front pages of the New York Times, the Washington Post and Time Magazine. The four photographers were nicknamed Bang Bang Club by a magazine and became a legend.

In 1991 Greg Marinovich won the Pulitzer Prize, the Oscar of photography, for his series of photos of a man getting burned. In 1994 Kevin Carter won the same prize for his controversial picture of a starving child and a vulture, which he shot during a journey to Sudan. Joao Silva stated “It was the photograph of Kevin’s lifetime, a photographer’s dream. Yet, at the same time it destroyed him.” In the end the friends paid a high price; only two of them survived.

This is the story of the Bang Bang Club.”

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