Film Series: HAND HELD (Romania)


Location: Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Introduction Video

Q & A Video

Introduced by ND alumnus Mike Carroll '68, photojournalist and film subject.

Mike Carroll was one of the first photographers to travel to Romania after the fall of the communist regime in 1989. When he arrived, he walked into one of the most horrific scenes of the 20th Century. His incredible photographs and heart-wrenching stories of the pediatric AIDS epidemic in Romania ran in the "Boston Globe" and "New York Times" and opened the eyes of the western world to the plight of the Romanian children. What followed was a twenty-year odyssey for Mike and his colleagues as they fought to bring help to a population of children in need, in a country that they hardly knew.

HAND HELD is the documentary film produced and directed by two-time Academy Award ®-nominated filmmaker Don Hahn. Hahn filmed in Boston, Bucharest, and Bistritsa, for nearly two years on this extraordinary motion picture about one guy with a camera, a band of New Englanders, a hundred sixty thousand orphans, and the unforgettable story of how they changed each other's lives forever.

Read the Notre Dame Magazine article "Traveling Mercies" by Mike Carroll

Sponsored by the 2016 Fall Nanovic Institute Film Series: Disintegration.  Tickets are $4-7 at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.  Free tickets are available on a limited basis at the Nanovic Institute (211 Brownson Hall).

"How does a photojournalist end up running an international foundation?"

Find out by joining Mike Carroll '68 for a conversation on Friday, November 4th at 2:30 p.m. at Geddes Hall Coffee House.