Impact | VIFF Impact
Director Greg Campbell’s documentary portrait of his childhood friend, the late celebrated war photographer Chris Hondros, is a stirring remembrance of one of the profession’s finest. Hondros chronicles the career of a photojournalist for whom no risk was too great—a man who lived up to the noblest principles of his profession before his tragic death in 2011.
From a young age, Chris Hondros knew that he wanted to take photographs. This desire would eventually catapult him into the world’s most dangerous conflict zones, where he would spend a decade documenting the human face of war. From Kosovo to Liberia to some of his most important work—photographing the Iraq War—Hondros was utterly devoted to pursuing a story to its end, even when that meant going where others refused to go. Campbell, a frequent collaborator, has created a remarkable eulogy for a person whose professional life went much deeper than just the need to get a shot. Through interviews with friends, colleagues and subjects, and a thorough investigation into Hondros’ body of work, Campbell’s film reveals a man of incredible charisma and sensitivity who cared deeply for those whose lives he captured.
"Hondros… pays stirring tribute to its subject’s courage, resolve and empathy, the last of which helped elevate his work to the realm of greatness"—Nick Schager, Variety
Audience Award: Documentary, Tribeca 17