Tribeca Review: “Hondros” (2017) ★★★★

© Photo by Chris Hondros

Photojournalism is one of the most exciting professions. You get a chance to travel all over the world. You might work for one of the biggest companies or just follow your passion. Either way, this job should never be a reason for you to lose your life. Chris Hondros has always had a passion for creating images. He would have taken lots of pictures. He became an employee of Getty Images and started covering a war. His iconic pictures is a loud proof to what a single man has accomplished… Too bad that he did not live long enough to enjoy his success or the way he made this world to be more informed…

Directed by Greg Campbell, HONDROS is an emotional journey as the viewer gets an opportunity to learn the life of photojournalist Chris Hondros, a man who would not hesitate to enter any dangerous part of the world to capture war through his eyes, and help us see the same way through his immersive pictures until later when the man who was about to build his own personal view loses his life in Libya.

Chris and Greg, what we learn from the beginning, is that they were best friends. When they got their first assignment to cover the inauguration of then newly president-elect Bill Clinton for university newspaper, Chris comes up with the hilarious idea to, should I say, professionally dress up for the event that required wearing a tie. A seemingly insignificant moment shapes Chris’ personality and his determination of having built a persona he should be recognized by this from that moment on.

A war can be captured in many ways; through newspapers, TV channels, recorded by hidden cameras, but all of these resources cannot always be reliable, and even that was told by Chris Hondros. As the story unfolds, you find Hondros fearlessly battle the war with the only armed weapon he had – his trustworthy friend – a photocamera.

In the end, HONDROS is a profound documentary movie that was made in the best way possible, as a final gift stamp, the legacy to Hondros what he had done for humanity, for his family, for this world and the photojournalist community. This movie, co-produced by Jake Gyllenhaal and Jamie Lee Curtis is another proof that holding a camera in the hand is not enough to cover a war. For that, we all will be needing an enormous amount of courage and determination in order to ignore the flying bullets around you. Hondros did ignore that because the passion for his job, the love of what he was doing was much stronger than the thought of dying….

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