NEWSLETTER number 2 - FIFDH
8 March 2012




DON'T MISS THIS : A WORLD PREMIERE

11 March 2012 / 18:45 / Grütli Simon

Sri-Lanka's Killing Fields : War Crimes Unpunished
by Callum Macrae

After having revealed to the UN the war crimes and crimes against humanity perpetrated against the civilian populations of Sri-Lanka, filmmaker Callum Macrae persists and signs a new film : Sri-Lanka's Killing Fields: War Crimes Unpunished. Armed with horrifying images, documents and testimonies, he forensically examines four specific cases of atrocities and human rights violations. The deliberate heavy shelling of civilians and a hospital in the 'No Fire Zone'; the summary execution  of prisonners and even children by the Sri-Lankan army; the strategic denial of food and medicine to trapped civilians. By carrying further his denouncing of war crimes denied by both parties and perpetrated with total impunity, Callum Macrae again calls out against indifference. The FIFDH wants to make sure that he is heard.

 

 

8 MARCH :
THE FEMININ FACE OF MIDDLE-EASTERN CINEMA

18:45 / Grütli Simon    Laïcité Inch'Allah by Nadia El Fahni

20:45 / Grütli Langlois Habibi by Susan Youssef

It is on screen that the FIFDH has chosen to celebrate International Women's Day. Through the films of three Middle-Eastern women of different origins : the Iranian Tanaz Eshaghian, the Tunisian Nadia El Fani and the Palestinian Susan Youssef. All three provide us with a bitter-sweet view of their loved ones, their neighbourhood, their town and in particular those women living there. Be it with documentary or fiction, each filmmaker has chosen her style to talk about love, courage and freedom, but also religion, social straightjackets, servitude and stolen feelings.

 

Habibi by Susan Youssef


THE FIFDH TAKES A CLOSE LOOK AT RUSSIA 

Saturday 10 March / 16:00 / Grütli Simon

Putin's kiss de Lise Birk Pedersen

At 19 years of age, Masha gets appointed as spokesperson of the ultra-nationalist Putin-ist youth organization. Meeting journalist and freedom of expression defender Oleg Kashin - who is near beaten to death - will shatter her convictions. Masha then takes to the street to protest against this revolting aggression. She has chosen her side: that of her conscience.

With Oleg Kashin's post-election analysis via video


CLOSING CEREMONY

Saturday 10 March / 19:00 / Bâtiment des Forces Motrices

Dans la peau de Vladimir Poutine by Karl Zéro and Daisy d'Errata

A slightly uncouth voice-over against a background of archival footage: Vladimir Putin tells us his story. Through a masterstroke of montage, Karl Zéro follows the irresistible ascension of this political animal. A bittersweet psychological portrait of the ex and future master of the Kremlin, halfway between caricature and historical truth.

In Karl Zéro's presence