Posted on 11/11/2013
The Department of Politics and International Relations, in coordination with the Department of Economics, is launching a Human Rights and Conflict Film Series.
The first screening will be on the topic of genocide and intervention:
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Shooting Dogs, Michael Caton Jones, dir. (2005)
Summary: Joe Connor (Hugh Dancy) is teaching in Rwanda during his gap year. When the school he teaches at becomes a haven for thousands of Rwandans fleeing the genocide, Joe promises his brightest pupil, Marie (Clare-Hope Ashitey), that the UN soldiers will protect her from the hordes of extremist militia baying for blood outside the school. But when the UN abandon the refugees, Joe and the school’s headmaster, Father Christopher (John Hurt), face an agonising dilemma: should they leave or should they stand firm with the Rwandans. As the UN trucks force their way through the terrified refugees, Joe stares at the tear-stained face of Marie: what should he do? Based on real events and filmed at the actual location where this story took place, SHOOTING DOGS is an emotionally gripping, authentic and powerful recreation of a tragic real life story that took place during the Rwandan genocide in 1994.
December 5, 2013
Terror's Advocate, Barbet Schroeder, dir. (2007)
Acclaimed filmmaker Barbet Schroeder takes us down history's darkest paths in his engrossing attempt to illuminate the mystery behind this enigmatic and controversial lawyer. At the height of his career, Vergès disappeared without trace for 8 years. Following his return to the public eye, he resumed his profession with a vengeance, acting as the legal representative of some of the Century's most notorious figures, including Carlos the Jackal, Slobodan Milosevic and Nazi Lieutenant Klaus Barbie.