Jun 7 Wed 7.30pm HBO’s VICE presents “Taking Back Iraq & Lost Generation” with New America NYC and discussion between “Lost Generation” editor Joe Langford and producer David McDougall, hosted by correspondents Aris Roussinos and Isobel Yeung at Lincoln Center David Rubenstein Atrium Bway 62/63

VICE correspondent Isobel Yeung rides with the Sunni militia. (Jerry Ricciotti for VICE on HBO)

VICE correspondent Isobel Yeung rides with the Sunni militia. (Jerry Ricciotti for VICE on HBO)

Bullseye shorts make even makers cry

On the huge screen in the David Rubenstein Atrium two shorts on Iraq offered with thunderous sound track brief but arrow-penetrating glimpses of the on-the-ground reality of Iraq, first with Taking Back Iraq dynamic coverage of troops advancing towards the Isis held city Mosul through a nearby town, where a two day old horrid corpse lies with rotting empty rib cage (and enough hair that the Iraq militia commander takes off his cap to expose his own shining baldness and joke “He should give it to me!”), and a vast machine is dragged from underground where it had carved an extensive tunnel network behind the front line, and this exciting glimpse of war was followed by The Lost Generation, where the boldly challenging Isobel Yeung investigates the whole as yet untalked of catastrophe of a huge new generation of Iraqi teens more numerous than adults now who have no job or life role except as fodder for the ongoing religious war between Sunni and Shia with no end in sight, with irresponsible mullahs urging them towards death without compunction (Isobel Yeung asks one whether he is right to sit on his throne in comfort and keep his sons by him while he sends others’ sons to die) and one 14 year old sobbing on the grave of one of his many lost friends that he would willingly have gone instead, and showing the camera his phone with images of severed heads of the enemy he keeps to make himself feel better while expecting death sooner or later himself, and admitting that for all his commitment to his local religious cause he wishes he lived somewhere else where he could have a decent normal life, and from the audience afterwards an ex CBS researcher brought up the question of the age old conflict felt by journalists who cover vulnerable people by asking the panel made up of the producer and editor and supervising producer of The Lost Generation if they too suffered the guilt she had later felt in having to leave behind the subjects they had exploited without rescue or recompense, and David McDougall the producer of The Lost Generation said yes but that the journalistic line of objectivity and uninvolvement had to be respected in doing the work, and that bonding with the subject and wanting to do something for them was an occupational hazard about which nothing could be done, and in conversation afterwards both the skillful and notably well informed and thoughtful editor of The Lost Generation Joe Langford, and Beverly Chase the supervising editor at VICE on HBO, who produces this series for Friday nights aimed at informing youth in the US about major issues, both admitted that they frequently have shed tears for their subjects but again, there was nothing to be done, objectivity had to be maintained, though Beverly allowed that our suggestion that an independent foundation might be set up to take referrals might have potential.

HBO’s VICE presents “Taking Back Iraq & Lost Generation” with New America NYC at Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium.
“Taking Back Iraq & Lost Generation” is hosted by correspondents Aris Roussinos and Isobel Yeung.

Wednesday, June 7 at 7:30PM
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets

The city of Mosul has been central in the war to defeat Islamic State. Last October, a U.S. supported coalition of Iraqi and Kurdish troops announced a long-awaited offensive to retake the city. In the latest episode of HBO’s VICE, correspondent Aris Roussinos embedded with Iraqi forces on the road to Mosul as they began their assault on Islamic State’s last stronghold in Iraq. Then, with Islamic State seemingly on the verge of defeat in Iraq country, the question of what happens next is far from certain. VICE correspondent Isobel Yeung travels to Iraq, with one of the youngest populations of any country in the world to see what the future looks like through the eyes of the youth. Watch the trailer here.

The screening will be followed by a discussion between “Lost Generation” editor Joe Langford and producer David McDougall, moderated by VICE’s Beverly Chase. Please note: Seating is limited and first come first served.

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Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets
Wednesday, June 7 at 7:30PM

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