Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, the story of a reporter who is sent to Afghanistan, based on The Taliban Shuffle: Strange days in Afghanistan and Pakistan, a memoir by Kim Barker. Staring Tina Fey, as Kim Baker, this is not your typical war story; we get to see it all from her perspective, as Kim Barker told it, with a little dark humor.
Going into it, thinking it was just a normal comedy movie; I was pleasantly surprised by the dark humor used to tell a true story of a journalist in a real war. It’s a side of war we, the audience, don’t typically see; but we should. We need to know what’s really going on, why men and women are putting their lives in danger, what is being done. See how a war involves two sides, not just one. We see that we can’t always blame the other side, because both are in it.
It also shows that we see the news through a filter, what the editors want us to see, not what’s really happening, as we are shown in this film. We don’t get some stories because the big audience may be tired of this, nobody wants to show it, or just because they don’t bring in money. Filters like these can apply to any news coverage of any story, and that make people think we are the good one’s, but that’s not always the case.
It takes brave people to share their stories, to help others see the big picture, not just the narrow images shown on the news.
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I’m an aspiring writer still looking for exactly what I want to write about, with a lot of creativity, imagination and desire to write.
I studied Writing and Rhetoric at Syracuse University where I explored many different sides of writing through my classes and extracurricular activities in order to narrow my search for an identity as a writer.
I have written for Citrus TV Noticias and La Voz magazine, both of which gave me the chance to explore different mediums in which to write in. Through Citrus TV Noticias I also gained experience in translating from English to Spanish and vice versa, which is also something that I would be interested in working on since I am fluent in both of these languages. I was also an intern at Syracuse University Press where I got hands on experience in what goes into actually editing and publishing a book.
Through out the last four years I have faced a lot of challenges, which helped chape the person I am today. After being in a tragic car accident, being in comma, having a Traumatic Brain Injury, and being in therapy for over a year, I am a new me, willing to face challenges and knowing how to deal with them. I want to write about my accident and life after it to help others, show them it can be done and help in any way I can.
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