Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

"E-Team": Neither Warriors Nor Peacemakers, But Always in the Conflict 

Tuesday, Oct 28 2014

What are you doing for dinner tonight? It's a simple enough question for most of us in our workaday lives, lives which probably don't involve going into war zones and other trouble spots to document often-unspeakable human rights abuses. For the subjects of Katy Chevigny and Ross Huffman's documentary E-Team, who do indeed gather evidence and testimonials from survivors under the aegis of the Human Rights Watch organization in order to shine a light on people who do these very bad things, it's a question they have to consider on a daily basis. In addition to smuggling themselves into deeply inhospitable situations to document the gory carnage and human suffering, Emergencies Team members Anna, Ole, Fred, and Peter all have ordinary-looking domestic lives — Anna and Ole are recently married, and she has a pre-teen son — but when they're away from home in the danger zones, they still have to factor in the need to eat regularly. It's that dash of seemingly banal reality that makes E-Team fascinating beyond being just a litany of atrocities; in a key scene, Anna is giving a phone interview about no-fly zones while cooking dinner for her family. Even while trying to make the world a slightly less horrific place, you gotta keep your blood sugar up.

About The Author

Sherilyn Connelly

Related Locations


Comments are closed.

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"