This Is Not a Movie

Sunday, February 16, 2020

For more than 40 years, journalist Robert Fisk has reported on some of the most violent and divisive conflicts in the world.

Yung Chang’s (Up the Yangtze) THIS IS NOT A MOVIE captures Fisk in action—feet on the ground, notebook in hand, as he travels into landscapes devastated by war, ferreting out the facts and firing reports back home to reach an audience of millions.

The process of translating raw experience into incisive and passionate dispatches requires the determination to see things first-hand and the tenacity to say what others won’t. In his relentless pursuit of the facts, Fisk has attracted his share of controversy. But in spite of the danger, he has continued to cover stories as they unfold, talking directly to the people involved.

In an era of fake news, when journalists are dubbed “the enemies of the people,” Fisk’s resolve to document reality has become an obsessive war to speak the truth.

Screening as part of the series Canada Now: Best New Films 2020.

Official selection: Toronto Int’l Film Festival; DOC NYC; RIDM; Palm Springs Int’l Film Festival

  • Country Canada
  • Running Time 106 minutes
  • Director Yung Chang
  • Editor Mike Munn
  • Cinematographer Duraid Munajim
  • Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil