DOCUMENTARY I CANADA 2016 I 98 MINS. I ENGLISH
FREELANCER ON THE FRONT LINES
Freelancer on the Front Lines highlights the importance of independent news—journalists who aren’t afraid to get to the heart of a story in a media landscape that too often relies on press releases and Canadian freelance reporter Jesse Rosenfeld has made the Middle East the focus of his work. This film is about his journey across the region and exploring how journalism practices have changed in the age of the Internet.
Whether covering the dashed hopes of the Egyptian revolution, the upheavals in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from Ramallah or Gaza, the reality of refugee camps, Jesse wants and make the front page, he must set himself apart from traditional mass media. With the thrilling pace of an action film, the documentary captures the ups and downs of a new and unconventional kind of journalism.
Accompanying Jesse in his quest for truth, Freelancer on the Front Lines highlights the importance of independent news—journalists who aren’t afraid to get to the heart of a story in a media landscape that too often relies on press releases and spin.
Santiago Bertolino is an independent director-screenwriter and web video journalist.
After graduating from Brébeuf College in 1998 with a diploma in creative arts, literature and languages, and a focus on cinema, Santiago Bertolino learned the craft of filmmaking mostly on the job while taking technical courses over several years. A strong believer in documentaries that question the mass media and the images they produce, he soon began to take on political projects in which he could share his vision of the state of the world. A committed filmmaker inspired by the direct cinema of Pierre Perrault, Gilles Groulx and Michel Brault, Bertolino habitually trains his keen eye on social and political struggles that underline the major issues in today’s world.