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Malin Akerman Stunned by Photojournalists' Deaths in Libya

April 22, 2011 15:02:00 GMT

Actress Malin Akerman is hopeful her new film 'The Bang Bang Club' will help further raise awareness of the dangers reporters face covering world events, following the death of two photojournalists.


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Filmmaker Tim Hetherington and photographer Chris Hondros were covering the ongoing unrest in the country when they were caught in an explosion in Misrata on Wednesday.

Malin Akerman was stunned to learn of their untimely deaths as she promoted her new movie, "The Bang Bang Club" which tells the stories of photojournalists who capture the violence that erupted during the Apartheid period in South Africa.

She tells MTV News, "It's crazy. No matter what, whether it be now or two years ago, the untimely death of Tim Hetherington and Chris is sad and really awful and incredible that it happened as this movie is coming out."

"It's never the wrong moment to shed light on it. It is incredible how relevant... this film is to what is going on in Libya. I hope people come out of this film and go, 'All right, let's look overseas and see what's happening and see what we can do."

And the actress is full of praise for snappers who risk their lives to cover dangerous stories, "They're crazy. They really are adrenaline junkies. I just saw Greg Marinovich, who is one of the photographers (who inspired the film), and he walks around at all times with two cameras... He never leaves home without his cameras. It's a limb for them, it's an extension of their bodies, it's what they live for."


 




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