San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
A Brilliant Genocide (Winner, Best Film in Festival 2016)
Director: Ebony Butler This film is a counterpoint to Kony 2012 which brought worldwide awareness to the crimes committed by the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda and neighbouring countries. It shows how the government of President Museveni has used Kony as a straw man, enabling it to garner international sympathy and resources in the supposed “war on terrorism” while in fact diverting attention from its own crimes against humanity. The film shows its efforts to wipe out a significant part of Uganda’s Acholi people, using interviews with survivors of the most pre meditated torture and murder like no other in Uganda’s history. 82 minutes
When you hear the Bells
Director: Valentin LeBlanc In Afghanistan, bachas are young male prostitutes obliged to dance, dressed as girls, for a male audience. They are under the control of a master. This film tells the story of Saman, a bacha, who feels threatened by the arrival of Bijane, a boy younger than him who is destined to take his place. Jealous of this boy who might steal the feelings and protection of his master, Farroukhzad, he is obliged to initiate Bijane and to teach him to dance. 25 minutes
A brief discussion of the issues raised in these films will follow the screening.
When & Where
We The Peoples Film Festival
The We The Peoples Film Festival screens the best new films on human rights, development and peace. In 2016, our eleventh year, we will be screening films in twelve locations including our Young Film Makers Day at the BFI Southbank. For our complete programme, go to www.wethepeoples.org.uk. Also, see our Facebook and Twitter pages.
The festival is a project of the United Nations Association Westminster Branch. For more information on what we do, go to www.unawestminster.org.uk
All screenings are curated by Post Graduate students of Events Management at the Ashdown Academy.