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Gothenburg 06/02/2013 - 05:00PM

Film Festival on Human Rights - February 23-24

The Society of International Affairs (UF) in cooperation with Amnesty International and Cinema Politica presents:
A film festival on the theme of human rights!

The week-end of the 23rd and 24th of February we invite you to a free film festival where we will screen four documentaries dealing with the subject of human rights from widely different aspects and spanning four continents.
Guest speakers will further explore the issues raised in the films and interviews with directors will be held live during this two day-long expose into human rights issues around the globe.
The festival will take place at Lecture hall Sappören, Sprängkullsgatan 25, Gothenburg.

The schedule for the film festival will be as follows:

SATURDAY the 23rd of February

13:00 - Film festival opens

13:30 - The Suffering Grasses

The ongoing conflict in Syria has become a microcosm for the complicated politics of the region, with thousands dead and counting. Against the backdrop of the Arab Spring this film seeks to explore the Syrian conflict through the humanity of the civilians who have been killed, abused, and displaced to the squalor of refugee camps. In May 2012, director Iara Lee participated in a press delegation to the Turkish refugee camps housing Syrian exiles, where she interviewed those who have been most affected by the bloody conflict. When elephants go to war, it is the grass that suffers. This is a film about the elephants, but made for the grasses.
After the screening we will be joined by Katarina Bergehed, Amnesty Sweden’s leading expert on Syria. She will talk about the topics covered in the documentary from a human rights perspective.


16.00 - Preview screening with Jonas Lai

Jonas Lai is a young documentary filmmaker from Afghanistan. He came to Sweden 4 years ago and is currently working on a personal documentary about the life of people migrating to Europe and the reasons for leaving their homes behind. He has made several shorter films before, but this is his first project on a longer documentary. He will talk about his work and show 12 minutes of the material which at the moment consists of interviews with refugees carried out during travels in Sweden, Greece and Pakistan.

17:00 - The Angola 3: Black Panthers and the Last Slave Plantation

The gripping story of Robert King, Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox, who have endured solitary confinement longer than any known living prisoner in the U.S. Politicized through contact with the Black Panther Party while inside Louisiana’s prisons, they formed one of the only prison Panther chapters in history and worked to organize other prisoners into a movement for the right to live like human beings. This feature length movie explores their extraordinary struggle for justice while incarcerated in Angola, a former slave plantation where institutionalized rape and murder made it known as one of the most brutal and racist prisons in the United States.

After the screenings we will end the day in a pub for some food and drinks and further discussions of the day’s impressions.

SUNDAY the 24th of February

12:30 - Film festival opens

13:00 - The Coca-Cola Case

Colombia is the trade union murder capital of the world. Since 2002, more than 470 workers’ leaders have been brutally killed, usually by paramilitaries hired by private companies intent on crushing the unions. Among these unscrupulous corporate brands is the poster boy for American business: Coca-Cola. Several cases have been filed at the U.S. federal court against Cola-Cola for murder, abduction and torture committed in Colombia and Guatemala. After five years of haggling, a settlement of sorts is reached, but what will the victims choose - cash, or power and integrity?


16:00 - Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai

Taking Root tells the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy—a movement for which this charismatic woman became an iconic inspiration. Through intimate conversations with Maathai the film captures a world-view in which nothing is perceived as impossible, presenting an awe-inspiring profile of one woman's thirty-year journey of courage to protect the environment, ensure equality between men and women, defend human rights, and promote democracy.

After the film we will be joined by Lisa Merton, co-director and producer, for an interview via Skype directly from Vermont.

We hope we will you see you at lecture hall Sappören, Gothenburg University on the 23rd and 24th of February!

No registration or ticket will be needed to attend the film screenings as the film festival is free for all!
Entrance will be open between screenings so that you can attend as many screenings as you like.
Representatives from the Society of International Affairs in Gothenburg and Amnesty International Sweden will attend the event if you would like to ask them some questions or want to know more about their work.



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