A selection of the best documentaries on current affairs and human rights
organized by CineAgenzia
Once again this year the Palazzo delle Esposizioni will be hosting a programme of documentaries that Internazionale has selected for the journalism festival which it organizes in Ferrara every year. The retrospective, which will be touring numerous other Italian cities after Rome, comprises a new selection of eight very recent documentaries on current affairs, human rights, information and freedom of expression from all over the world, picked out at the best national and international festivals. The predominant theme of the retrospective is risk: the risk that people run when they continue to adopt a stance, to inform and to challenge laws and systems, including in situations where violence and censorship are the order of the day. The editors of Zeta weekly in Mexico who doggedly insist on filling their front pages with pictures of drug traffickers and corrupt cops are risking their lives, and Danish film director Mads Brügger put his life on the line in his new and controversial investigation-cum-performance on diplomacy in central Africa. The members of the Voina Art Group, creative and fearless opponents of the Russian regime, are in serious danger of repression; the Anonymous activists combating the multinational corporations and Scientology on behalf of freedom on the web, risk imprisonment; and the Chinese bloggers who use new technologies to challenge the official mass media and police surveillance run the gauntlet of censorship. Illegal immigrants in Switzerland risk being put on a "special flight" and sent packing from their new life for ever, the European Union risks financial and cultural collapse on account of the lobbies steering Community life, and we all risk never being sufficiently informed, for instance about how a legal system can be set up and developed whereby the state of Israel has justified and continues to justify its occupation of the Palestinian Territories. These eight films help us to avert precisely that risk, the risk of being badly or insufficiently informed, of forgoing in-depth exploration and dissent, in an era of obsessive and increasingly suspect calls for unity and cohesion at all costs. The editors of Internazionale will be present throughout the screening of this documentary retrospective, introducing the audience both to the issues and to the films themselves.
Palazzo delle Esposizioni - Sala Cinema
Admission via steps in via Milano 9a, Rome
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EUROPE - cinema review
The Brussels business - admission free
directed by Friedrich Moser and Matthieu Lietaert. Belgium, Austria, 2012 (85 min.) - original version with Italian subtitles
Introduced by Gabriele Crescente (Internazionale) and Sergio Fant (CineAgenzia).
Back in the early 'nineties two ambitious young men discovered that even in Brussels, the heart of the European institutions, lobbies wield a p [...]
CHINA - cinema review
High Tech, Low Life - admission free
directed by Stephen Maing. United States, China, 2012 (87 min.) - original version with Italian subtitles
Introduced by Junko Terao (Internazionale).
Two bloggers travel across China, a country in the grip of an economic boom, searching for news that tends to get overlooked by the official information channels. Armed with laptops, cell phones and [...]
ISRAEL - cinema review
The law in These Parts - admission free
directed by Ra'anan Alexandrovicz. Israel, 2011 (101 min.) - original version with Italian subtitles
Introduced by Jacopo Zanchini (Internazionale).
Can a modern democracy coexist alongside prolonged military occupation without flying in the face of its own basic principles? After the war of 1967 which led to the occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, the Israeli a [...]
WEB - cinema review
We are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists - admission free
directed by Brian Knappenberger. United States, 2012 (91 min.) - original version with Italian subtitles
Introduced by Giulia Zoli (Internazionale).
Anonymous is a collective of hackers and activists well known for its attacks on the websites of large groups such as Scientology, PayPal and Sony. The hacktivists in the group reject hierarchies, fig [...]
MEXICO - cinema review
Reportero - admission free
directed by Bernardo Ruiz. United States, Mexico, 2012 (72 min.) - original version with Italian subtitles
Introduced by Camilla Desideri (Internazionale).
In Tijuana, a Mexican city on the border with the United States, being a journalist can cost you your life. But reporters Sergio Haro, Adela Navarro Bello and their colleagues with Zeta magazi [...]
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - cinema review
The Ambassador - admission free
directed by Mads Brügger. Denmark, 2011 (97 min.) - original version with Italian subtitles
Introduced by Francesca Sibani (Internazionale).
What happens when a (very) white European illegally acquires the credentials to become a Liberian diplomat and lands in one of the most corrupt and dangerous countries on the African continent? After his adve [...]
IMMIGRATION - cinema review
Vol Spécial - admission free
directed by Fernand Melgar. Switzerland, 2011 (100 min.) - original version with Italian subtitles
Introduced by Annalisa Camilli (Internazionale).
Every year in Switzerland thousands of men and women are jailed without standing trial, simply on the strength of the fact that they are illegally resident without an official sojourn permit. Pending deportation, they can remain [...]
RUSSIA - cinema review
Tomorrow - admission free
directed by Andrej Grjazev. Russia, 2012 (100 min.) - original version with Italian subtitles
Introduced by Andrea Pipino (Internazionale).
Voina (War), a collective of Russian artists, is the most interesting and provocational phenomenon in contemporary Russian art today. Its founders, Vor and Koza, live a clandestine existence together with thei [...]