American Journalism

December 29, 2019

An upcoming documentary, “Stripped for Parts: American Journalism at the Crossroads,” documents the fight being waged by newspapers nationwide to continue reporting the news despite growing threats to push local journalism toward extinction.

[Society for Professional Journalists]

This film is currently in production.

Kovno Communications, Inc. (KCI) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization which was founded in 1997 with a mission to develop, produce and distribute film and video for educational purposes.  Rick Goldsmith, two-time Academy Award-nominated director, is the principal filmmaker and President of Kovno Communications.

“We welcome your support as we document this important story of local journalism in America. Donate to our project. All contributions are tax-deductible.”

Stripped for Parts: American Journalism at the Crossroads


December 4th, 1875 – December 29th, 1926

Rose, oh pure paradox, desire

to be no one’s sleep beneath

the many eyelids of your petals.


Congressman John Lewis

Sally Yates, former U.S. Deputy Attorney General:

“Prayers for Rep. John Lewis, the soul of America at our best.”

Never give up, never give in, never give out. Keep the faith, and keep your eyes on the prize. Together, we can redeem the soul of America. John Lewis


[Civil rights icon and US Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He is 79.]

Truth in Syria

From Oscar-nominated filmmaker Feras Fayyad, THE CAVE tells the story of a hidden underground hospital in Syria and the unprecedented female-led team who risk their lives to provide medical care to the besieged local population. In limited release now. The Cave paints a stirring portrait of courage, resilience and female solidarity.

The film will air in 170 countries in March 2020 on National Geographic.

IMDb: ‘Shot from 2016 to 2018, The Cave belongs to the top rank of war films. Syrian director Feras Fayyad takes us to a subterranean landscape that feels akin to the post-apocalyptic world of Mad Max (1979). With life too dangerous above ground, survivors create a network of secret tunnels under the city of Ghouta, near Damascus, for an underground hospital maintained by women doctors. In contrast to the many Syrian documentaries made from cellphone footage or shaky cameras, Fayyad takes great care to visualize the landscape and its memorable occupants with artful cinematography. For anyone who feels jaded by Syria coverage, this work stands apart. The heart of the film is Dr. Amani, a young Syrian woman operating in unimaginable conditions with great humor and fortitude.’

Danish Documentary Production

Daily Beast:

“The year’s timeliest documentary.”







LATimes Review

“It is the disconcerting gift of cinéma vérité to put us right in the middle of a hospital attempting to function surrounded by conditions accurately described as “like a fire from hell.”

“Is God really watching?” (Dr. Amani) asks in despair at one point, adding a furious “may God destroy the Russians” at another.

“No one can imagine the things we have seen,” Dr. Amani says. To watch this film is a moving opportunity to see for ourselves.”

“Crimes Against Humanity”

In March 2017, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that 465,000 people had died in the conflict, of which 96,000 civilians, and an additional 145,000 civilians were missing. The SOHR attributed 83,500 civilian deaths to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and its allies, including Russia 7,000 to Syrian rebels and allied forces;3,700 to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL); 920 to the U.S.-led coalition; and 500 to Turkey.

According to various human rights organizations and the United Nations, human rights violations have been committed by both the government and the rebels, with the “vast majority of the abuses having been committed by the Syrian government”. The U.N. commission investigating human rights abuses in Syria confirms at least 9 intentional mass killings in the period 2012 to mid-July 2013, identifying the perpetrator as Syrian government and its supporters in eight cases, and the opposition in one.The United Nations has since conducted several further studies.

The Assad regime has been blamed for using chemical weapons (chlorine gas) against civilians and conducted torture and extrajudicial killings. Assad has also been accused of “Indiscriminate and disproportionate aerial bombardment and shelling” which “led to mass civilian casualties and spread terror.” -Wikipedia


Fifteen films will advance in the Documentary Feature category for the 92nd Academy Awards.  One hundred fifty-nine films were submitted in the category.  Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

“American Factory”
“The Apollo”
“Apollo 11”
“The Biggest Little Farm”
“The Cave”
“The Edge of Democracy”
“For Sama”
“The Great Hack”
“Knock Down the House”
“Midnight Family”
“One Child Nation”


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