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Danger in Libya (02:19)


Watch images of Libya during wartime where people protest mass genocide and photographer Michael Christopher Brown captures images of the violence. He describes how remaining there became important to him.

Aftermath of War (02:16)

Brown describes the way Libya has changed since the end of its civil war. In its aftermath, the violence that continues does not seem to have a purpose, but it rages on.

Remaining Conflict (04:50)

Military commanders refuse to surrender their arms to opposing forces. Col. Salin Juha speaks about tribal division that Gaddafi facilitated in Libya. Brown feels that though the war is over, the danger is not, and it is not as easily identified.

Benghazi, Libya (02:23)

Protesters converse with Brown, saying that Libyans need to be changed. Cars are drifted around long stretches of payment. The laws are not obeyed and the society is not organized.

Weapon Depot (03:07)

Brown walks along streets, shooting images of a pro-Gaddafi town. He visits an unguarded weapon depot. A rebel fighter named Faisal Al-Faturi says he feels the weapons belong to the Libyan people since Gaddafi spent their money on them.

National Reconciliation (02:51)

A city called Al-Brega was invaded by Gaddafi soldiers. People swore on the Qu'ran that they did not support Gaddafi. It was a national reconciliation.

Worse Than Before (02:00)

A man describes being isolated in a Gaddafi prison with no access to technology. He hopes that his children will be in touch with the world. Another man tells Brown of his child dying in the war.

Gaddafi's Capture (03:00)

Brown photographs a dilapidated vehicle that belonged to Gaddafi. He points out a pipe that Gaddafi climbed into to hide. He was captured shortly thereafter.

Interesting Images (03:10)

After Gaddafi's capture, Brown went to see the body, finding the situation very bleak. Brown talks about Tim Hetherington, a fellow photographer who was a sort of mentor for Brown in April of 2011.

City of Tawergha (02:23)

Misrata fought a city in Libya called Tawergha, and psychologist Dr. Serham Sergewa tells about the way the entire city was punished because of the members that fought with Gaddafi. She thinks that the Tawerghan people will eventually be forgiven.

Misrati vs. Loyalists (04:42)

Misrata was a city fighting against Gaddafi but surrounded by loyalists. Brown says Misratis are practicing collective blame, destroying and abusing the women, children, and dogs of the other side.

City of Misrata (02:56)

Brown points out buildings in Misrata that were full of snipers during the war and describes the conflict that was taking place. He says that the soldiers were not trained soldiers and were instead learning to fight on the battlefield.

Day of Attack (04:00)

Brown revisits a building in Misrata he was at the day he was attacked in April of 2011. He recounts the story of that day. He and Tim Hetherington were hit by a mortar. Hetherington did not survive.

War Photographers (03:59)

Brown felt as if the less experienced journalists followed Hetherington around during the Libyan Civil War. Brown reflects on the deaths of war photographers.

Rights for Libyans (03:01)

Protesters discuss the effects of the Tawerghan people being barred from returning to their homes and instead forced to live in camps without work or studying. The Libyans want rights and do not want Misrata to have that control.

Libyan Condition (02:49)

Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Raheem Al-Keeb professes that all Libyans oppose genocide. Brown notes how empty the country is of photographers.

Tawerghan Refugee Camp (02:41)

Members of the Tawerghan who now live in refugee camps relate their status in Libya. They are no longer considered Libyan or trusted. An older couple tells Brown about their taxi driver son who was killed.

Martyrs of Libya (02:53)

Brown examines the martyr information cards and a man tells about the martyrs he knew. He reflects on his experience in Libya and the people he met.

Credits: Witness: Libya (01:06)

Credits: Witness: Libya

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Michael Christopher Brown has been to Libya five times during the conflicts that brought down Muammar Gaddafi’s 40-year rule. Now, the revolution is over but the situation in Libya is even more complicated – regional tensions are festering and the fighting continues. On April 20, 2011, Brown was in Misrata with other journalists and veteran photojournalist Tim Hetherington. Brown recalls that “the city was like a shooting gallery” on that day. The group was travelling with new and inexperienced soldiers, and Brown remembers having an uneasy feeling. When a mortar struck nearby, Tim was killed and Brown was badly injured. Since then, he has thought a lot about the importance of their being there – “Now I understand the costs involved.” Brown continues to cover Libya as the country slips further into chaos. An HBO Production. 

Length: 57 minutes

Item#: BVL115047

Copyright date: ©2012

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