Upcoming Partnership Screenings
Where? Schikaneder Vienna
When? 13th August 2018
"Silas", the documentary, recaps the history of conflict and then focuses on Silas, and his dedication to his work. Those who watch this film will get a sense of the quiet determination of Silas, of the passion that motivates him. We also get to meet and know his equally courageous and amazing wife, Marlay, who speaks about the challenges and joys of being a partner to such a committed individual. Anjali and Hawa take us on a journey that gives us insights into the life and agency of Silas, and his team of researchers, who use their courage and smart phone technology and software (TIMBY) to help document illegal activities in the forests and communities of remote Liberia.
The vibrancy of the cinematography transported me from my seat in the Scotiabank Theatre in Toronto back to the hot and steamy landscape of Liberia, where I worked from 2007-2011. As the camera followed logging trucks along a road, and down paths in the rain forest to logging sites, I was overwhelmed by the images and the cascade of memories that came pouring back of my own four years of traveling around Liberia. Most audience members will not experience that, of course, but you will be humbled nonetheless by the landscape and the story of this remarkable place and remarkable man. From the forests in Liberia to the streets of Toronto, Silas Siakor has traveled many long and difficult roads. He has done it with integrity, courage, and determination, and always with a sense that things can and should be better for Liberians. Seize the chance to see "Silas" and learn something about Liberia and Silas, about the dream of just and equitable uses of land and natural resources and about "ordinary" individuals such as Silas, who stand up for what is right.
Where? Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, Berlin.
When? July 27th
"Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II. Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Captured over the course of an eventful year in 23 countries, the film follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretches across the globe in countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Greece, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, and Turkey. Human Flow is a witness to its subjects and their desperate search for safety, shelter and justice: from teeming refugee camps to perilous ocean crossings to barbed-wire borders; from dislocation and disillusionment to courage, endurance and adaptation; from the haunting lure of lives left behind to the unknown potential of the future. Human Flow comes at a crucial time when tolerance, compassion and trust are needed more than ever. This visceral work of cinema is a testament to the unassailable human spirit and poses one of the questions that will define this century: Will our global society emerge from fear, isolation, and self-interest and choose a path of openness, freedom, and respect for humanity?"