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stockholm 20/12/2011 - 06:06AM

BAHRAIN: SHOUTING IN THE DARK (Al Jazeera English, 2011)

 On October 27, 2011, Cinema Politica Stockholm screened a documentary entitled Bahrain: Shouting in the dark (Al Jazeera English, 2011) at Stockholm University.

Regarding the prevailing topic of the ongoing revolutions discoursed as the so-called Arab Spring, Cinema Politica Stockholm decided to integrate the movie BAHRAIN: SHOUTING IN THE DARK( by courtesy of the Al Jazeera English network) in the current semester schedule. Compared to the protests in other countries, information about the Bahraini people’s fight to end the dictatorship bearing down their country is hardly reaching the world. The protests starting at February the 14th 2011 and the efforts to form a revolutionary movement have been put down by the regime through use of violence, brutality and surveillance.

With the help of this screening, Cinema Politica Stockholm tried to conjure up the “the Arab revolution that was abandoned by the Arabs, forsaken by the West and forgotten by the world” as it is described with a quote Al Jazeera takes from the movie itself to locate the documentary project. The discussion following the screening of the movie, based on footage secretly bootlegged out of the country, was coined by the audience’s consternation about the violent and fierce situation in Bahrain. Around 50 students from Stockholm debated issues concerning the Arab revolutions in general and Bahrain’s case in particular.  The most important questions aroused by the movie, were the questions about the current situation a few months after the uprising: How are the people in Bahrain doing now? What happened to the health personnel arrested for taking care of the injured during the protests beaten down by the government?

Although several NGOs (like e.g. Médecins Sans Frontières, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch) criticize and try to trace what happened and still happens there, the Bahraini people’s struggle yet remains suppressed and information barely leaves the country.

By: Kathrin Rittgasser and Franziska Deckert, Board Members, Cinema Politica Stockholm University