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    A Colleague Reflects on Marie Colvin’s ‘Private War’

    Janine di Giovanni knows what it means to be a woman on the front lines of war reporting, and what her friend and colleague Marie Colvin faced until being killed by Syrian artillery in 2012. Apart from the Hollywood hero worship, stock characters and inaccuracies, di Giovanni respects the effort in director Matt Heineman’s film about Colvin, A Private War. It does justice, she writes, to Colvin’s courage and accomplishments, but to appreciate her personal struggles one needs to look elsewhere, like Barbara Kopple’s 2005 documentary about female war correspondents, Bearing Witness.

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