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A Private War

There is a refrain in the song "History Has Its Eyes on You" that repeats in the musical Hamilton — "Who lives. Who dies. Who tells your story?"

For many stories of the unnamed hundreds of thousands who died as a result of the wars in Sri Lanka, Libya, Syria and other war-torn countries around the globe, their biographer was foreign correspondent Marie Colvin (played admirably by Rosamund Pike). The film details how the real-life journalist was willing to put herself in harms way to tell those stories, and she did not go unscathed personally or physically. She lost her eye while covering hostilities in Sri Lanka. She dodged bullets and bombs, but she was willing to go where no others did. This earned her a one-on-one interview with Muammar Gaddafi during the Arab Spring uprising because he liked her. Gaddafi claimed he liked her even more than former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice who was a strong woman with "African blood" in her veins. The film is brutal, very graphic and earns every inch of its R rating, but "A Private War" is a solid film worthy of the full price of a ticket.

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