Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Jennifer Lawrence to play the real and remarkable war photographer, Lynsey Addario


I'm always harping how we need more films about women; good women, bad women, remarkable woman. Real women. Lynsey Addario is one of the real and remarkable ones, a 'war photographer' who has put herself on the front lines time and time again.

Her memoir It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War was just published by Penguin on February 10th, and while a script hasn't been written, Steven Spielberg and Jennifer Lawrence have already committed to making the adaptation.

Jennifer Lawrence on the set of Joy, a biopic about the billionaire creator of the Miracle Mop

Here's the synopsis of It's What I Do via Indie Wire

War photographer Lynsey Addario’s memoir It’s What I Do is the story of how the relentless pursuit of truth, in virtually every major theater of war in the twenty-first century, has shaped her life. What she does, with clarity, beauty, and candor, is to document, often in their most extreme moments, the complex lives of others. It’s her work, but it’s much more than that: it’s her singular calling.
Lynsey Addario was just finding her way as a young photographer when September 11 changed the world. One of the few photojournalists with experience in Afghanistan, she gets the call to return and cover the American invasion. She makes a decision she would often find herself making—not to stay home, not to lead a quiet or predictable life, but to set out across the world, face the chaos of crisis, and make a name for herself.
Addario finds a way to travel with a purpose. She photographs the Afghan people before and after the Taliban reign, the civilian casualties and misunderstood insurgents of the Iraq War, as well as the burned villages and countless dead in Darfur. She exposes a culture of violence against women in the Congo and tells the riveting story of her headline-making kidnapping by pro-Qaddafi forces in the Libyan civil war.
Addario takes bravery for granted but she is not fearless. She uses her fear and it creates empathy; it is that feeling, that empathy, that is essential to her work. We see this clearly on display as she interviews rape victims in the Congo, or photographs a fallen soldier with whom she had been embedded in Iraq, or documents the tragic lives of starving Somali children. Lynsey takes us there and we begin to understand how getting to the hard truth trumps fear.
As a woman photojournalist determined to be taken as seriously as her male peers, Addario fights her way into a boys’ club of a profession. Rather than choose between her personal life and her career, Addario learns to strike a necessary balance. In the man who will become her husband, she finds at last a real love to complement her work, not take away from it, and as a new mother, she gains an all the more intensely personal understanding of the fragility of life.
Watching uprisings unfold and people fight to the death for their freedom, Addario understands she is documenting not only news but also the fate of society. It’s What I Do is more than just a snapshot of life on the front lines; it is witness to the human cost of war.
Check out Addario's book trailer at Barnes and Noble

4 comments:

  1. This sounds pretty good. And I'd like to see Lawrence take on this role. She's a very capable actor, but I'm not actually a fan of the adult roles she's played, despite all of the acclaim she's received.

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    1. If I'm completely honest I'm torn; I agree she's a capable actor but there's something about her that rubs me the wrong way. It may be the choice of parts — a little hard around the edges as I see it. Old before her time. BUT I am happy to see more films with strong females as the central character.

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  2. yes, Jennifer Lawrence is the best actress in the world. I like her all kind of acting, moving, looking, talking and others. Really she is cute, Thanks for writing about Jennifer Lawrence.

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