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Photojournalists 'witness' war zones in new HBO series

Published on Nov 3, 2012 6:46 AM

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Some people liken a bad day at work to being in a war zone but for the photojournalists chronicled in HBO's upcoming documentary series Witness, that's not an exaggeration.

The series, which premieres on Nov 5 and will air every Monday for the rest of the month, follows photojournalists in Mexico, Libya, South Sudan and Brazil as they navigate violence to report issues such as drug trafficking, gang violence, corruption, and ethnic warfare.

Executive producers Michael Mann and David Frankham said that the series arose from the desire to give viewers a sense of life in these areas that is more comprehensive than most television news programmes.

"It really was a reaction to a frustration with the news, a frustration with things being summed up for us in a minute, 30 seconds," Frankham, who also directed most of the segments, said in an interview.

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