GMU Visiting Filmmakers Series: Kandahar Journals and Louie Palu Mon Feb 22 2016

Free screening and filmmaker Q&A

Visiting Filmmakers Series

Monday, February 22, 2016 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Johnson Center, Cinema

Kandahar Journals, by Louie Palu and Devin Gallagher (2015)

Free screening and Q&A with Louie Palu 



Kandahar Journals
follows photojournalist Louie Palu's experience while covering the war in Kandahar from 2006 to 2010 and then, its aftermath. With a narrative spine built on Louie's personal journals written in Kandahar, the film traces the chaos of the war, using combat footage shot and directed by Louie Palu, as well as the banality of everyday life back home in North America, directed by Devin Gallagher.

These two strands offer an intimate view into the experience of a combat photographer. 

The film goes on to explore Louie's life-long interest in understanding war connected to his family's experience and his formative years as a photographer. Over time, Louie is transformed by the war as the violence increases. The longer he covers the war, the more he realizes the disconnection that exists with the public back home, the war and himself. By the end of the film, he realizes that photography is but an imperfect means to convey the personal experience of war.


Kandahar Journals is winner of the White House News Photographers Association 2016 Eyes of History Award Conflict/Disaster Coverage. The category recognizes work created in dangerous situations where the photographer has put his or her personal safety at risk.

See trailer here

See Kandahar Journals website here

This event is sponsored by Global Affairs, Global Programs, Film and Media Studies, Film and Video Studies, and the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact