AsiaMedia Event: A World of Conflict

AsiaMedia Event: A World of Conflict

AsiaMedia presents veteran war reporter Kevin Sites' documentary about Yahoo!'s international experiment in online journalism

Over the course of one year, solo journalist Kevin Sites covered 22 conflict zones in 19 countries, seeking to understand the real costs of a world perpetually at war. A World of Conflict -- the documentary film about that project -- chronicles Sites' journey, starting with the anarchy of Somalia in September 2005 and culminating with the explosive war between Israel and Hezbollah in summer 2006.

As Yahoo!'s first news correspondent, Sites helped pioneer solo journalism, working completely alone, traveling and reporting for Kevin Sites in the Hot Zone across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. Instead of reporting with a crew, he carried a backpack of portable digital technology to shoot, write, edit and transmit multimedia reports.

In November 2004, Sites became a flashpoint of controversy for one of the biggest stories of the current war in Iraq. As an NBC News correspondent, he videotaped a U.S. Marine shooting a wounded Iraqi insurgent in a Falluja mosque. He was honored with the Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism and was recently nominated for a national Emmy Award for his television and web coverage of the mosque shooting. In 2006, he was given the prestigious Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism by the Los Angeles Press Club.

Time Magazine calls "Kevin Sites in the Hot Zone" one of 50 Coolest Websites on the Internet and Forbes Magazine lists Sites in The Web Celeb 25 this year.

The screening of A World of Conflict will be followed by a Q&A with Kevin Sites and a coffee reception.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Erwin Ong, erwin.c.ong@gmail.com.

Sponsored by the UCLA International Institute, Latin American Center, African Studies Center, and Asia Institute