One of the most interesting pieces of journalism to come out of the Vietnam War is a harrowing image by Nick Ut from 1968.

It displays a group of war photographers gathered round a body, all taking the same picture of the deceased pedestrian on the ground. The image opened up a conversation about the nature of the news and its relationship with its subject.

Nick Ut's 1968 still from the Vietnam War.

In Another News Story, Orban Wallace continues this conversation but in relation to the Syrian Refugee Crisis of 2015. The film explores how it was portrayed by journalists following the story from location to location. Through luscious shots and talking heads, it paints a picture of not only the experiences of the millions of refugees that made the decision to flee their homes, but the reporters who attempt to tell their story.

Interestingly, Wallace chooses not to show the events unfolding in the same clinical objective view of the news itself, but injects the documentary with emotional narrative passion. Shots of Refugees arriving on boats at the beaches in Greece are given an epic quality, accompanied with a moving and impactful score created by composers Noémie Ducimetière and Ash Koosha. This is just one of the elements in the film that shows the director's compassion towards the subject – capturing the human spirit of these individuals more than any news report could.

This approach seems very deliberate with one of the questions raised in the film. Can Journalism do more than be a voyeuristic and disconnected view of events that are taking place elsewhere? More importantly, does it need to remain impartial? Wallace seems to think so and hopes to show that perhaps journalistic integrity can go beyond just viewing the events through a lens into impacting them.

Another News Story goes "behind the scenes" of the news footage and shows us what is omitted from most news sources, showing both the professionalism and the humanity of the reporters dealing with the story.

This behind the scenes focus however does not distract from documenting the Syrian Refugee Crisis, showing the struggle of many who were constantly re-routed and turned away from different European borders. An estimated 5 million refugees were displaced from their country – an event still impacting the whole world to this day.


The documentary attempts to move past the statistics and show us a small group of this vast movement, allowing us to connect and see past their depiction in the news cycles, to the very human concern there to have a home safer than where they came from.

Another News Story's title is very descriptive of this, reminding us that these people need help – they are not social and economic problems to be debated and used to further political careers.

These points are not just relevant to the Refugee Crisis in Europe, but are very connected to the ongoing immigration debates around the world. President Trump's statements on the Syrian Refugees, in particular, are used at key moments in the film, reminding us of an inhumane mind-set that decides the fates of millions of Syrians, Mexicans and other immigrants across the globe.

A huge chunk of the film is dedicated to a Syrian mother, separated from her family, who remain in Syria. We follow her as she joins crowds of others, not as someone who is passive or helpless, but rather actively secures her own future.

It is easy to pity, but this film allows us to respect the hard-work and impossible decisions the refugees must make to reach their destination and survive.

This particular Syrian mother doesn't just get told where to go and follow what is expected of her. In a revealing scene, she is the reason a group of refugees are moved out of a hot, oxygen-depleted train carriage into a far more comfortable one.

Another News Story also follows her interactions with the many news organisations wanting to interview the refugees. She understands that one of the most effective ways to shine a light on the true nature of the situation is to tell a story.


Another News Story very effectively paints a picture and tells a story – it makes no attempt to be objective or show every possible opinion on the refugees. It uses every part of its arsenal: the soundtrack, beautiful visuals, heart-breaking and realistic testimonials. In so executing, the film captures a fleeting moment in the news cycle, where a story consumes the planet for a fleeting moment and manages to capture both the importance and redundancy of media coverage in 90 minutes.

Returning to Nick Ut's shot of the journalists gathered round a body which probed questions about whether a photographer's voyeuristic approach is moral, Another News Story sets out to show us how a human connection with a subject can be far more powerful than a bird's eye view. However it can be said that the motives of the documentary could be the same of the news reports it challenges.

Another News Story may not be excused from a critical eye questioning the documentary's motives, but it is definitely a broader story than one news cycle could capture and moreover a story that should be witnessed.

Another News Story (Trailer) from Gallivant Film on Vimeo.