Once a week on Friday, Uncle Bardie celebrates the creativity in others by shining a Spotlight on a movie, a song or a creator. This week’s Spotlight Movie is “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” (2016):
When I saw the trailer of this movie, I go, “I’m not going to see that.” Then someone recommended it to me. And now I am glad I saw it. The film is based on the war correspondent Kim Barker’s memoir, “The Taliban Shuffle”. It covers the time she covered the war in Afghanistan.
Despite what it looks like, “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” is not a comedy. Even though it has Tina Fey. It starts off with a light hearted approach to what it’s like to be a journalist in a war zone. Kim just isn’t taking this war thing seriously. She’s having too much of a good time doing what dysfunctional journalists do in a completely dysfunctional place and time. In fact, she’s having the time of her life. Until she’s not.
Then everything changes. Kim, as well as the audience, gets a real taste at what it can cost to be a war correspondent. And it’s not pretty. It reminded me of all the journalists who have gone out of their way to bring a story that isn’t pretty, or easy, back to the American people. And the costs.
Journalists like Daniel Pearl who lost his life in Pakistan. Journalists like those who gone into harm’s way in Syria to tell the story of the atrocities being committed by the Assad government. Sometimes the stories are hard to get. It’s the true journalist who goes after them, not matter the cost. Thank God for those who do.