World Broadcast Premiere of THE WORLD STOPPED WATCHING

Date: January 6, 2004
For immediate release

WORLD BROADCAST PREMIERE OF THE WORLD STOPPED WATCHING

The World Stopped Watching, a co-production of White Pine Pictures and the National Film Board of Canada, will have its broadcast premiere on Wednesday, January 21, 2004 at 10 pm EST, on TVO’s The View From Here.

Directed by veteran filmmaker Peter Raymont, The World Stopped Watching follows Raymont and Harold Crooks as they revisit Nicaragua in 2002, to discover what became of a nation no longer in the glare of the world’s media. Following legendary Newsweek photographer Bill Gentile and Pulitzer-prize-winning Boston Globe columnist Randolph “Ry” Ryan, the filmmakers travel throughout the impoverished country. They encounter Nicaraguans from every level of society, including mothers of Sandinista soldiers, ex-Contra mercenaries, and former president Daniel Ortega.

The World Stopped Watching is a sequel to Raymont and Crook’s award-winning The World Is Watching (1987), a cinema verité investigation of the role journalists played in the US-financed Contra war against Nicaragua’s revolutionary Sandinista government. The 1987 film was honoured with a Genie Award for Best Documentary and a Gold Hugo (Chicago).

The World Stopped Watching will kick off the tenth anniversary season of The View From Here. Following the premiere, the film will also be broadcast on SCN, Thursday, January 22 at 10 pm CST and on the Knowledge Network on Monday, January 26 at 10 pm PST.

This documentary is a co-production of White Pine Pictures and the National Film Board of Canada, with the participation of TVOntario, SCN, Knowledge Network, CFCF12, CIDA, the Rogers Documentary Fund and the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund and “the Canadian Film or Video Tax Credit.”

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