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Monday's Connector: George Gittoes

February 26th, 2010
03:11 PM ET

Award-winning Australian artist and film-maker George Gittoes has travelled the world to tell stories from the front lines of war.

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For the last forty years, he's worked in area normally reserved only for soldiers and journalists, in countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Bosnia and Northern Ireland.

Working face to face with those caught up in the crisis of conflict, he uses his artistic interpretation to present his work through painting, photography, video and performance.

His latest film "Miscreants of Taliwood" (2009) is the last in a trilogy of documentaries, showing Gittoes making his way through Pakistan's remote and forbidden North West Frontier.

George Gittoes will be our Connector of the Day on Monday's Connect the World.

Do you want to know what keeps driving him to the world's most dangerous places? Maybe you want to hear his political views, or his position on the latest conflict in Afghanistan.

Leave your questions below, and Becky will put the best to George Gittoes on Monday's program.

soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Robin

    How do I break into doing crisis/war photojournalism? I am ready, have 10 years expereince in professional photopraphy and want to make the jump to war correspondent. I can find an open door...

    What can I do to get inot Afghanistan and become a war photojournalist?

    February 26, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Reply
  2. Karin

    Your work is so important as it really seems to cut through the hype and show the Afghan people to be as human as we are. In your opinion what hope is there for these harmless actors who want to spread joy and not war?

    March 1, 2010 at 1:59 am | Reply
  3. David

    George, you are considered one of the most unique and exciting artists in the world today, both with your painting and your film making. I watched the youtube interview and performance with Hellen Rose in Bern Switzerland which was fantastic. Will you be doing more art work like this where your painting and film and performance merge into one?

    March 1, 2010 at 2:07 am | Reply
  4. Nigel

    What images from your career in conflict (if any) haunt you the most?

    March 1, 2010 at 2:30 am | Reply
  5. Keira

    My question would be: amidst all of the bad things that you've seen, how has it tested your faith in humanity, if at all? Do you see hope that one day we would all 'get along' regardless of ideologies?

    March 1, 2010 at 5:37 am | Reply
  6. Mariel

    I am impressed with your appreciation of the women in this shocking situation. I am impressed that you let us hear what they have to say from the women in the sex industry to the intellectuals. These women are heroic and you make them real for us by just letting them speak for themselves. Were these women fearful, defiant in everyday life? How do they live through each day and will they be killed for not wearing a Bourka? Thanks for going there and letting these women and men of everyday life be heard.

    March 1, 2010 at 10:10 am | Reply
  7. Kay Sheehan

    I have followed your painting career for many years and your work is so powerful. Your technical skills as a painter are on a par with the great masters. It amazes me that your films too are so original and nothing like them has been made before. Does the film work influence the art or vica verca?

    March 1, 2010 at 10:16 am | Reply
  8. Lana

    In your opinion has America any chance of winning the war in Afghanistan?

    March 1, 2010 at 10:20 am | Reply
  9. Mikey

    I loved seeing you filming Hellen Rose in Switzerland, her work is powerful. You seemed to have so much fun and pleasure behind the camera, you don't seem to be a serious person and can have fun just as we see you in your film hamming it up for the show. How do you keep your sense of humour in all those heavy situations?

    March 1, 2010 at 10:26 am | Reply
  10. JJK

    Your films are totally killa from Soundtrack to War and Rampage and now The Miscreants of Taliwood. Wats next? Lov lov lov your thing! Stay real in the unreal bro!

    March 1, 2010 at 10:34 am | Reply
  11. Philippe Mora

    Do you believe in God?

    March 1, 2010 at 11:49 am | Reply
  12. Jon Bowles

    What value do you bring to the public that other reporting agencies don't?

    March 1, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Reply
  13. Michael Betar

    Four decades as a witness of carnage and chaos yet statistics suggest conflict is less today than 20 years ago.....can you connect the dots and say mankind is capable of advancing to a higher level or are we on a path of destruction..?

    March 1, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Reply
  14. Janos Tedeschi

    How did the image(s) of war change over the years?

    March 1, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Reply
  15. Ilona Ziok

    Dear George,

    being a film director myself, I know how difficult it is making films in the name of humanity. Your work gives me hope and strenght for my own work! Thank you so much! I will spread the news about your films in Germany and other places I am connected with. All possible luck to you and your next projects, and see you in Berlin!
    Ilona Ziok

    P.S. I would love to make a film about you:-)))

    March 1, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Reply
  16. Dominik Graber

    Where does the journalist end and the human being begin in a situation
    of war?

    March 1, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Reply
  17. Janet McKenzie

    George, how do you explain that you have in fact survived, physically and mentally for all these years? How has Berlin with the northern artistic tradition of Max Beckman and Kathe Kollwitz nourished you recently?

    March 1, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Reply
  18. Edgar

    Hi George,
    you seem to be very careful when approaching dangerous people, still, danger lies within most of the interviews you have done in your films.
    Is there any among the experiences you made in the past that could really make you stop what you are doing if you were sure it would happen again someday?

    March 1, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Reply
  19. steffen pierce

    What moves you to record in video and paint today's conflicts in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan? Who are your models? Goya (The Disasters of War) Robert Capa? Susan Meiselas?

    March 1, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Reply
  20. Manuel Göttsching

    What was the reason to make films in war zones?

    March 1, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Reply
  21. Henri Racz

    What is it that keeps you going on especially after all the horror you lived in Rwanda and why don't you realise anymore such direct and realistic paintings as you did through all the years before ?

    March 1, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Reply
  22. Marc anthony ugo

    George,you are highly talented artist.pls do more.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Reply
  23. Ester

    What in your opinion, could or should the US government, as well as the rest of the world present in Afghanistan do, to win the hearts and minds of the Afghan people?

    March 1, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Reply
  24. Lyn

    Does your love of Islamic culture make your images of the consequences of war in Pakistan and Afghanistan especially potent, or more deeply personal?

    March 1, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Reply
  25. Khuram

    Hello George
    Plz tell us about the dangerous moment of your life when you feel that now you have loose your life or ready for dead while covering war moment.

    March 2, 2010 at 5:16 am | Reply
  26. Marketa

    Amazing ! Where can I see your movies ? I am from...Prague (used to be.. from Syd..:))

    March 2, 2010 at 7:34 am | Reply

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