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PODCAST: 45 Days – The Fight For A Nation, with Emile Ghessen

In this episode of the Defence Connect podcast, former Royal Marine Commando and filmmaker Emile Ghessen joins host Liam Garman to discuss his recent film 45 Days – The Fight For A Nation documenting the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict, as well as his last three months monitoring the conflict in Ukraine.

In this episode of the Defence Connect podcast, former Royal Marine Commando and filmmaker Emile Ghessen joins host Liam Garman to discuss his recent film 45 Days – The Fight For A Nation documenting the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict, as well as his last three months monitoring the conflict in Ukraine.

  

The podcast begins with a reflection of Ghessen’s 12-year career as a Royal Marine, spanning service across the world including Afghanistan and Iraq before working as a high-profile bodyguard.

The pair then discuss Ghessen’s turn toward documentary making, joining colleagues in Syria to document the fight against ISIS in 2017, Ukraine in 2019 and Armenia-Azerbaijan in 2020-21.

45 Days – The Fight For A Nation analyses the recent Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict from a humanitarian perspective, while examining the history of intergenerational trauma in Armenia dating back to the Armenian genocide.

However, when promoting the film in Hollywood – Russia began their invasion of Ukraine, prompting Ghessen to travel to Ukraine to document the day-to-day of life in Ukraine.

Ghessen details his last three months in Ukraine, providing insight into the recent conflict direct from the front lines – including failures within Russian military strategy, irregular warfare behind enemy lines, the recent siege of Mariupol, and a discussion around the hotly debated Azov Regiment.

To learn more about Ghessen, you can visit his page here or view his recent film 45 Days – The Fight For A Nation here.

Enjoy the podcast,
The Defence Connect Team

Listen to previous episodes of the Defence Connect podcast:

Episode 329: PODCAST: Remembering the fall of Kabul, with Fred Smith
Episode 328: PODCAST: The Defence Strategic Review, shaping the future ADF
Episode 327: PODCAST: Readying Australia for the nuclear submarine revolution
Episode 326: PODCAST: The future of ISR satellites, with Kleos co-founder Andy Bowyer
Episode 325: PODCAST: In conversation with the head of Defence Space Command, Air Vice-Marshal Catherine Roberts
Episode 324: PODCAST: News, public opinion and energy security – unpacking the latest in defence
Episode 323: PODCAST: Cyber security, a legal requirement? With Clyde & Co’s Reece Corbett-Wilkins and Avryl Lattin
Episode 321: PODCAST: News wrap – Chapter closed: Subs program turns new page
Episode 320: SPOTLIGHT: Revolutionising the space domain, with Lockheed Martin Australia and Inovor Technologies
Episode 319: PODCAST: Supporting defence businesses, with DSTG’s Nigel McGinty and Robert Hunjet

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