Directed by Oscar-nominees Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing, and executive produced by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ronan Farrow, the documentary film Endangered tells the story of journalists at the forefront of a dangerous culture war over free speech. The documentary debuts Tuesday, June 28 (9:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO.
An official selection of the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival, Endangered chronicles a year in the life of four journalists living and working in democratic countries where freedom of the press has historically been considered a “given.” Yet, as online misinformation proliferates and world leaders brazenly denigrate the press, distrust of traditional media is on the rise, and journalists are increasingly facing situations more typically encountered in war zones or autocratic states.
Cutting back and forth between unfolding stories in Mexico City, São Paulo, Brazil and the United States, Endangered introduces us to Sáshenka, Patrícia, Oliver, and Carl whose safety and professions are under threat as they cover political rallies, police brutality, BLM protests and the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, while confronting slander, hostility and violence from their own governments. As newsrooms across the world face economic hardships and layoffs, conventional checks and balances against corrupt institutions of power are weakening; journalists are at the forefront of a dangerous culture war with the very right to free speech at the crux of it.
Watch the official trailer for Endangered.