Milestone Film and Video hasacquired all North American rights to Marcel Ophuls' 1994 documentary TheTroubles We've Seen: A History Of Journalism In Wartime (Veillees d'Armes)
Milestone co-founders DennisDoros and Amy Heller said they planned to release the film theatrically in40-50 cities with DVD to follow, and are in talks with the filmmaker toco-produce a third section to the feature that he was unable to complete.
Shot primarily in Sarajevoin 1993 during the siege of the former Yugoslavian city, The Troubles We'veSeen explores the ethical challengesof war reporting and includes interviews with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, WalterCronkite, Martha Gellhorn, and then-Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic.
"The film is ripe fordistribution here," Heller said in a statement. "With Iraq, Afghanistan andterrorism on the nightly news, the questions Ophuls poses about the role ofmedia in war have become dinner-table conversation in America. Every scene inthis film is as timely and provocative as it was a decade ago."
"Asking why I'm grateful forMilestone's existence is like wanting to know why we like buying our croissantsfor breakfast at the village bakery, rather than at the nearest supermarket,"Ophuls said.
"The local baker doesn'tspend his entire life trying to figure out what product the consumers will buyat a minimum cost in fabrication: he bakes his own bread according to his ownchoices, in the hope that the villagers will share his tastes."
This is the second Ophulstitle distributed by Milestone following The Sorry And The Pity in 2000.
Ophuls won the BestDocumentary Oscar in 1988 for Hotel Terminus, about Klaus Barbie, head of the Gestapo in France.