BEST OF ONE WORLD
International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
June 3, 2010 , 6pm, Free, RSVP required
BEST OF ONE WORLD
Czech Center New York
6pm Film screening: Anna, Seven Years on the Frontline
9:30pm Film screening: The Sun Behind the Clouds
Each screening is followed by a discussion:
ANNA, SEVEN YEARS ON THE FRONTLINE
Professor Catharine Nepomnyashchy - director of Columbia's Harriman Institute and the Chair of Barnard's Slavic Department
Ann Cooper, Columbia University - School of Journalism
THE SUN BEHIND THE CLOUDS
Lhadon Tethong, Students for a Free Tibet
Robbie Barnett, Coumbia University - Director of Modern Tibetan Studies Program
About the festival:
One World is currently one of the leading festivals in Europe that deals with human rights issues and is among the founding members of the Human Rights Film Network, which bands together 29 festivals around the world.
One World’s films strive to provide comprehensive and well-balanced information, and they offer audiences an opportunity to acquire a deeper understanding of foreign policy and social issues. One World contributes to the public discussion about the role that Czech citizens and the Czech Republic can and should play in a globally interconnected world, and it also contributes to the debate as to why the Czech Republic should engage in promoting democracy and security around the globe.
Echoes of One World key films and themes regularly spread abroad also thanks to good cooperation with Czech representative offices and Czech Centres. The festival strives to underscore the effectivity of combining human rights advocacy, film and video-activism by way of such screenings and to point out, at the same time, that the Czech Republic is a country of distinct human rights and development agenda
Both screenings will be followed by panel discussions about the issues raised by the films by a group of experts. Seating is limited so we strongly encourage you to reserve your tickets as early as possible and to cancel in advance if your plans change.
Both screenings are free.
Please RSVP by JUNE 1st at firstname.lastname@example.org or (646) 422-3399.
Anna, Seven Years on the Frontline
Masha Novikova / Netherlands / 2008 / 78 min.
Anna Politkovskaya, a Russian journalist with the Novaya Gazeta newspaper who was not afraid to openly criticise her government's approach to the war in Chechnya, was murdered on 7 October 2007. With four shots, an unknown killer ended the life of a woman who for many represented the hope that crimes committed would not be overlooked and forgotten. This absorbing documentary tells the story of the journalist's life. Director Masha Novikova had filmed Politkovskaya regularly since 2000 along with her colleagues and friends. Thanks to some extraordinary footage, the viewer becomes a witness to the Chechen tragedy and is confronted with scarcely believable stories of the killings and disappearance of inconvenient people. Besides Politkovskaya, other people who appear in the film include Lidia Yusupova, a lawyer from Grozny who has spent many years searching for missing people from Chechnya, and Svetlana Gannushkina, who won the One World Homo Homini award in 2006. Like Anna Politkovskaya, both these women risk their own lives in the fight for justice in contemporary Russia.
The Sun Behind the Clouds
Ritu Sarin, Tenzing Sonam / India / 2009 / 79 min.
Last year saw the 50th anniversary of the Chinese invasion of Tibet. Throughout the last five decades, the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has pushed his nation to accept a non-violent middle way based on dialogue with the government of China as a means to achieving autonomy. Nevertheless, Beijing has completely ignored those efforts, while the Dalai Lama's diplomacy around the world has so far led nowhere. Now radical Tibetans have run out of patience, leading both to bloody riots in Lhasa in March 2008 and demonstrations at the Dalia Lama's residence in India's Dharamsala, where protestors burned Chinese flags and demanded complete independence. This film by Tibetan filmmakers Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam features both the Dalai Lama himself and a number of Tibetan intellectuals. Making use of unique archive footage, it documents China's policy of occupation and raises questions about Tibet's future