Since 1996, Nepal has been in the throes of a Maoist insurgency, which has claimed nearly 13,000 lives. Today the Communist rebels and government forces, headed by King Gyanendra, are at a volatile stalemate. Far from being the Shangri-La described in tourism books, Nepal today is a country of violent turmoil, stark poverty, and an uncertain future.
NEPAL—Achham District, 2004. Large groups of Maoist cadres and soldiers often travel by night to avoid detection by government forces. Nepal is prime territory for guerrilla warfare, with hardly any roads, electricity, or modern communications widely available.
Micha Bar-Am was filmed and interviewed only days before the war with Hezbollah. Here, he scratches the surface of his fifty-year career as he reflects upon the conflicts and anxiety around him. Filming every major conflict from Israel's foundation to the present day, Bar-Am tries to make sense of his country's history and the way it has intersected with his own dilemnas and conflicts.
In the Wake of Katrina
by Larry Towell
Between September 3-11, 2005, Magnum photographer Larry Towell and Mississippi novelist Ace Atkins set out to document the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina—the worst natural disaster in US history. Driving from Bayou La Bartre, Ala. to Grand Isle, La., they encountered the victims of the storm and the horrible imprint it had left behind. This is what they witnessed in the wake of Katrina.