This is Not a Movie


106 minutes – Documentary
Language: English
Festival release date: September 9, 2019 – TIFF (World Premiere)
Release date: March 27, 2020
Production company: TINAM Inc., Sutor Kolonko, National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
Canadian distributor: Blue Ice Docs

This is Not a Movie is a portrait of journalist Robert Fisk, who for more than 40 years has reported on some of the most violent and divisive conflicts in the world. Award-winning director Yung Chang captures Fisk in action—feet on the ground, notebook in hand, as he travels into landscapes devastated by war, ferreting out the facts and firing reports back home to reach an audience of millions. The process of translating raw experience into incisive and passionate dispatches requires the determination to see things first-hand and the tenacity to say what others won’t. In his relentless pursuit of the facts, Fisk has attracted his share of controversy. But in spite of the danger, he has continued to cover stories as they unfold, talking directly to the people involved. In an era of fake news, when journalists are dubbed “the enemies of the people,” Fisk’s resolve to document reality has become an obsessive war to speak the truth.

This documentary should not be confused with the 2011 film by Olallo Rubio of the same name.

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Anita Lee (NFB)
Allyson Luchak (TINAM)
Nelofer Pazira (TINAM)
Ingmar Trost (Sutor Kolonko)

Executive Producer:

Anita Lee
Julie Goldman
Christopher Clements

Associate Producer:

Kate Vollum
John Griffith


Yung Chang


Yung Chang
Nelofer Pazira


Duraid Munajim


Mike Munn


Justin Small
Ohad Benchetrit

Cast: Roles:

Robert Fisk
General Jihad Sultan
Antranik Helvadjian
Suheil Natour
Nirmeen Hazineh
Tsoleen Sarian
Lt. Finian Everard
Vesna Almog
Ifet Krnjic
Adis Ikanovic
Amira Solh
Amer Mrayati
Lamiaa Al Saad
Amira Hass
Antony Loewenstein
Chaim Silberstein
Sulieman Khatib