Flint Town has been nominated for two Critic’s Choice Awards — Best Documentary Series and Best Political Documentary. Directed by Zackary Canepari and Jessica Dimmock of VII, and Drea Cooper, the whole 8-part series can be streamed on Netflix worldwide.
In the aftermath of the Flint water crisis, Flint Town takes an intimate look at the state of policing in America through the lens of the Flint Police Department. Flint, Michigan, is consistently named one of the most violent cities in America and the community is still grappling with the cover-up of a citywide water contamination, leading to a massive distrust in law enforcement officials. Over the course of eight episodes, filmmakers embed with the police officers faced with infrastructure issues and decreasing resources as they risk their lives to protect and serve the community, while simultaneously struggling to gain their support.
Congratulations to Jérôme Sessini, 2018 recipient of The Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Award for his project on the Opioid Crisis in the USA.
The Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Award, supported by LaScam (société civile des auteurs multimedia) for the fourth year, is designed to help a photographer carry out an original reporting project through a €8000 endowment.
Sessini will be presented with this award at the evening show in Perpignan, during the festival Visa pour l’Image, on Thursday, September 6, 2018.
by Ashley Gilbertson / VII for UNICEF
Two years ago, Aleksey was heading to the pond when he picked up an object that had fallen from a passing military convoy. He thought it was a pen, he said, until it exploded up in his hand. “My first feeling was shock and pain,” Aleksey says, “I looked down and saw the fingers were hanging from my hand. My whole life changed. I can’t chop the wood, it’s hard to tie the fishing line, and it’s hard to set the traps to catch animals. Sometimes I’m getting upset up until the moment when I break into tears.” This is Europe today.
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News & Education
Maggie Steber spoke to Ben Smith on A Small Voice Podcast about changing career directions, education, Haiti, the warrior ethos, and her alter ego, “Lily LaPalma.”
Nichole Sobecki was awarded silver in the “Prix de la Photographie, Paris” (P×3) “Feature Story” category for her project “A Climate for Conflict.”
Tomas van Houtryve appeared as a guest judge on SKYTV’s Master of Photography. Stay tuned this season for more guest appearances by VII photographers.
The Open Call for the VII Masterclass in Warsaw ended today. Selected participants will be notified directly, and their names will be published on the VII Masterclass webpage and VII Photo Agency’s social media accounts before the beginning of the Masterclass. Check out more upcoming workshops below!
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