GMU Visiting Filmmakers Series Presents: Kandahar Journals

kandaharjournals_croppedKandahar Journals with filmmaker Louie Palu

Monday, February 22

7:30 pm, Johnson Center Cinema

Free and open to the public

Kandahar Journals explores a photojournalist's first hand account of his psychological state while covering a war. The film follows Louie's journey covering the war in Kandahar from 2006 to 2010 and its aftermath. The narrative spine is built around Louie's personal journals written in Kandahar. The film weaves together 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. This event is sponsored by Global Affairs, Global Programs, Film and Media Studies, and Film and Video Studies.  For more information visit or contact