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A newly arrived elderly Somali woman waits with other new arrivals to be registered as refugees in Doolow, south western Somalia.
Doolow is the main exit point for Somalis from Bay, Bakool and Gedo regions fleeing to Ethiopia to escape war and a severe drought ravaging the country. (AFP/Getty Images/Tony Karumba)


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Fishing for TroubleFishing for Trouble is fishing in war zones. It combines adventure travel, war correspondence, extreme danger … and fish. Follow award-winning foreign correspondent Alex Perry as he plays truant from his day job, casting a line in some of the world’s most remote and dangerous waters. Whether pursuing the goliath tigerfish in the Congo, casting for world-record carp off the steps of Saddam’s old palaces in Baghdad or fishing for sharks with pirates off Somalia, Perry takes us under the skin of war and war reporting, and the world’s hot spots. This is about great fishing: people living in war zones generally have better things to do than fish, so the rivers and seas are home to giants. But it’s also about great journalism: using fishing to make the remote accessible and the complicated clear and compelling, in a way a conventional news report or documentary never could. As a daring and exceptional reporter, Perry consistently delivers stories that are gripping and revelatory. But as a fisherman, he can balance the seriousness of his profession with humour, nuance and an engaging eccentricity. In a world where traditional foreign correspondence is dying fast, Fishing for Trouble offers nothing less than reinvention.

PressPass“Press Pass to the World” follows an ensemble cast of respected journalists through the difficult, adventurous lifestyle of foreign reporting for some of the world’s leading newspapers.

Starring: Barbara Demick, Alex Perry
Supporting actors: Clare Hollingworth, Don Kirk, Ann Louise Bardach, Thomas Crampton, Gary Marx, Bryan Pearson
Directed by: Craig McCourry
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 0 hours 59 minutes
Captions and Subtitles: Details
Release year: 2006

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