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Learn About the Untold Stories of Iraq at JCC Feb. 23

On Tuesday, February 23, 2010, Jefferson Community College (JCC) will host documentary filmmaker and guerilla journalist Mike Shiley, who will show and lead a discussion on his 2006 film, Inside Iraq: The Untold Stories. The film and presentation will begin at 12:15 p.m. in the Sturtz Theater, McVean Student Center. Admission to the presentation is free and the public is invited to attend.

In his award winning film, photojournalist and lecturer Shiley documents his two-month journey across Iraq — an unescorted journey undertaken with frequent flier miles, a fake press pass, and a rented bulletproof vest. His interviews with Iraqi soldiers, the U.S. Army’s 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, and the Iraqi people give a realistic glimpse of everyday life in war-torn Iraq. Shiley’s documentary, a non-politicized picture of Iraq from the point of view of an average American, won the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival Documentary Award in November 2006.

Shiley has lived and traveled extensively throughout the world, visiting nearly forty countries. Having covered the war in Iraq, the war in Kosovo, and the war in Sarajevo, as well as the tsunami in Southeast Asia and Hurricane Katrina stateside, Shiley has provided exclusive stories from his frontline reports and photos for ABC World News Tonight, Nightline, Good Morning America, and CNN. He has produced six documentary films; his recent documentary on the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina has been officially added to the Smithsonian Institute’s permanent history collection.

For more information about Inside Iraq: The Untold Stories, contact the community outreach office at JCC at 315-786-2257.

Sponsored by the JCC student activities center and JCC’s office of community outreach.