Kamin Mohammadi, Maziar Bahari, Ben Rawlence
Lives On The Line
Journalists' stories from the frontlines of conflict-ridden landscapes
Wednesday, 25 July 2012. 7pm-8.30pm
Free to attend. Please book instore, online (using form below) or call 02074079316
This event explores the real life experiences of those reporting on international conflicts and wars, the incredible experiences these individuals undergo and at what cost - in terms of self, family, society and beyond. Kamin Mohammadi, author of The Cypress Tree: A Love Letter to Iran, will chair this discussion with Maziar Bahari and Ben Lawrence. Maziar Bahari left London in June 2009 to cover Iran’s presidential election, believing he’d return to his pregnant fiancée, Paola, in just a few days, a week at most. In fact he would spend the next three months in Iran’s most notorious prison, enduring brutal interrogation sessions while terrible threats were made to his family. The account of his ordeal is captured in his book Then They Came For Me. Ben Rawlence's Radio Congo: Signals of Hope from Africa’s Deadliest War is the first book to show the Congolese as people, not victims. Ben travelled on foot, by boat and by motorbike from North Kivu to Manono to document life in the aftermath of brutal upheaval.
Kamin Mohammadi is an author, a journalist, broadcaster and public speaker. Born in Iran, she moved to the UK during the 1979 Iranian Revolution. She is a prolific journalist and travel writer who has written for the British and international press including The Times, the Financial Times, Harpers Bazaar, Marie Claire, Psychologies, Men’s Health, The Sunday Times (UK), The Sunday Times of India, The Mail on Sunday, Virginia Quarterly Review and the Guardian as well as co-authoring The Lonely Planet Guide to Iran and numerous other guide books. Her journalism has been nominated for an Amnesty Human Rights in Journalism award in the UK, and for a National Magazine Award by the American Society of Magazine Editors in the U.S. and she has also authored a book, The Cypress Tree: A Love Letter to Iran (Bloomsbury, 2011, paperback August 2012). www.kamin.co.uk
Maziar Bahari is an Iranian-Canadian journalist and filmmaker. He has produced a number of documentaries and news reports for broadcasters around the world including BBC, Channel 4 and HBO. While reporting for Newsweek on the 2009 Iranian election protests he was arrested without charge, and detained for 118 days. His family began a campaign for his initial release which gained support from major figures the world over. Their cause was championed by Panorama, The Daily Show, Channel 4 News, The New York Times and the Economist, amongst others. The account of his ordeal is captured in his book Then They Came For Me.
Ben Rawlence is the author of Radio Congo: Signals of Hope from Africa’s Deadliest War. He is also a senior researcher on Africa for Human Rights Watch. His writing has appeared in the Guardian, the London Review of Books, Prospect, and the Huffington Post, and he has been a contributor to BBC Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent. Ben studied Swahili and history at the University of London and received his master’s degree in international relations from the University of Chicago. He now lives in London.
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