Documentary On Slain Journalist James Foley To Debut On HBO

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Journalist James Foley of Rochester, N.H. poses for a photo in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
Journalist James Foley of Rochester, N.H. poses for a photo in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

The journalist James Foley once said, "For some reason, I have physical courage. But, there's also moral courage." The moral courage shown by civilians in a war zone. The moral courage of the journalists trying to tell their stories amid the moral catastrophe, abomination and the grinding wars of Iraq, Libya and Syria.

Foley was a freelancer. He covered the Middle East for outlets including Boston-based GlobalPost. He was kidnapped in Libya in 2011. In 2012, he was kidnapped in Syria. On August 19, 2014 a video showed the world the abject brutality of the so-called Islamic State. They had executed James Foley.

Those are the broad strokes of a story many of us think we know. But consider what Foley said about moral courage — that's the story told in the new documentary, "Jim: The James Foley Story." It debuts Saturday on HBO.


Brian Oakes, director of "Jim: The James Foley Story."

Michael Foley, James Foley's brother.


Radio Boston: James Foley’s Mother Remembers Her Son

  • "For nearly two years, John and Diane Foley have been consumed with finding their son, James. He was kidnapped in Syria on November 22, 2012. On August 19, militants released a video showing the beheading of James Foley."

The Frame: HBO's 'Jim' Tells The Backstory Of Murdered Journalist James Foley

  • "In making his documentary, Brian Oakes wanted to repurpose the images of his childhood schoolmate's last moments. To Oakes and the journalists that Foley worked with, James was "Jim" — a friend who was passionate about his work. The film reveals who Foley was before that fateful day, and tracks how he ended up there."

This segment aired on February 4, 2016.


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