The most dangerous documentaries ever made

Sean Penn is on the ground in Ukraine filming a documentary about the Russian invasion

Stars Insider

25/02/22 | StarsInsider

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Media makers often get a bad rep for perpetuating fake news and manipulating their audience's emotions for financial gain. The journalist and filmmakers on this list do not fall into that category. These people took grave risks to tell spectacular stories and expose injustices that need our attention. From active war zones to wild animals, they risked life and limb for truth and art.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24 shocked the world. Kyiv went from a peaceful European capital to a warzone overnight under circumstances we're still struggling to understand. That being said, the conflict has been brewing for several years and escalated in recent months. Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn had already started the process of creating a documentary on the subject in 2021 and visited Ukraine as recently as November. He is back in the country now at the heart of the invasion, speaking to the Ukrainian government about the situation and showing his support. His actions have been praised by the office of the Ukrainian president, who released the following statement: “Sean Penn is demonstrating bravery that many others have been lacking, in particular some Western politicians. The more people like that — true friends of Ukraine, who support the fight for freedom — the quicker we can stop this heinous invasion by Russia.”

As Penn begins to film his documentary, produced by Vice Studios, at one of the most unstable moments in the country's history, there's no doubt he'll capture something truly astonishing. 

Click through this gallery to see which documentaries put their makers and their subjects in serious danger.

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