This year for the first time, the Hetherington family is inviting all Tim’s friends and colleagues to share their reflections on the anniversary of Tim’s death. It will be a free flowing discussion about Tim’s influence and continuing inspiration, including a sneak peek of Sebastian Junger’s forthcoming film sparked by a conversation with Tim, a creative moment that is actually captured on film.
In the summer of 2013, Michal Przedlacki and Wojciech Szumowski spent 44 days in Aleppo, documenting the lives of ordinary citizens in extraordinary circumstances. Aleppo. Notes From the Dark offers a unique and poignant account of life in Aleppo from the perspective of seven of its residents. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with co-directors Michal Przedlacki and Wojciech Szumowski.
A Thousand Times Good Night tells the moving story of leading conflict photojournalist Rebecca (played by Oscar-winner Juliette Binoche) who is torn between a passion for her perilous work and love of her family. Her husband (played by Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and daughter can no longer bear the thought of her dying for her work. She is given an ultimatum: her work, or her family life. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Erik Poppe.
Showcase is a new event that incorporates the best of Frontline: compelling debate, inquisitive film, insightful discussion, thought-provoking surroundings, stimulating company and refreshing beverages. The evenings will feature two sessions of film or discussion with a break between when you will be welcomed into the members’ clubroom. Here you can meet your fellow audience members and enjoy a drink courtesy of Chivas Regal. For the first in the series we will be exploring the newly launched VICE News.
Join us for an evening of short documentaries, from different parts of the world, covering a wide range of topics. Shorts at the Frontline Club showcases moving, striking and funny films, exploring the many different faces of documentary filmmaking.
This event is organised in partnership with BBC World Service.
Over three years on from the fall of Hosni Mubarak, Egypt is gearing up for its second democratic presidential election, which is set to take place on 26 – 27 May. With many activists, journalists and political opponents imprisoned and continued instability, we will be looking at the situation in the country and with strong indicators that Field Marshal Abdul Fattah al-Sisi will get a majority, we ask whether the country is returning to military dominance of politics and what does that signal for Egypt?
Jang Jin-sung, a poet laureate for North Korea, led a privileged life unaware of the suffering of his fellow countrymen. It was only following a visit to his home town, where he witnessed suffering, starvation and unimaginable poverty, that he began to question the system in which he lived. What followed is an extraordinary story of awakening, terror and escape. Jang Jin-sung will be joining us to share his story and give us an insight in to the circles of power and privilege in North Korea.
This event is organised by Human Rights Watch.
Join The Guardian’s Liz Ford and members of the Women’s Rights Division at Human Rights Watch in a discussion about their work and the challenges they face in working to protect the rights and improve the lives of women and girls around the world.
Pakistan’s largest province, Balochistan, lies at a crossroads. Bordering Iran and Afghanistan and boasting huge reserves of gold, gas, oil and uranium it is a land of enormous strategic importance and great natural beauty and yet it remains all but inaccessible to the outside world. With access to foreign journalists all but non-existent, and permanent expulsion or physical intimidation often the price for transgressing its boundaries, Willem Marx and Marc Wattrelot offer a rare insight into an area that has become one of the most hermetic and dangerous on earth.
Virunga, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is Africa’s oldest national park, a UNESCO world heritage site and contested ground among insurgents seeking to topple the government who see untold profits in the land. Virunga portrays the personal experiences of the park staff as they prepare to protect everything they’ve worked for in an ongoing political and environmental crisis. This sneak preview screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Orlando von Einsiedel.
The infamous Club Quiz returns in May with quizmaster Caroline Johns.
Teams can consist of up to six people and the entry cost is £5 per person. All money raised goes to the Frontline Fund, assisting families of fixers and support staff killed or injured while working with the international media.
Abu Haraz can no longer be found on the map. The small North Sudanese village now wallows under 35 meters of water in the middle of an artificial lake 180 kilometres long. For seven years, filmmaker Maciej Drygas observed and documented the daily life of Abu Haraz’s citizens as they protested against the construction of the dam and eventually got ready to be relocated to a place unknown to them. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Maciej Drygas.
This event is in partnership with BBC World Service.
Disruptive technology is transforming journalism. Revolutions are tweeted. Drug lords and hitmen have Facebook fans. Wars are waged with cyber attacks. Surveillance and espionage have never been so widespread or easy to conduct. As the way we do journalism is being redefined, cyber pioneer Rafal Rohozinski will be joining us to explore what the next generation news organisation will look like and the techniques and technology that they will be using.
The event will follow a day long workshop, for details see here.
The politics of Iran is frequently analysed and debated on the international stage but rarely do we glimpse what everyday life is like in Tehran. In her new book City of Lies, Ramita Navai returns to the city where she was born to explore the lives of its residents. She will be joining us to talk about her exploration of modern day Tehran and what life in the city signals about how the country will develop.
Founded in 2010 by a group of Syrian filmmakers, Abounaddara anonymously releases weekly films on the web in order to avoid censorship. These short films are a testimony of the fight for freedom in Syria. The film Syria: Snapshots of History in the Making is constructed from these short films and forms an intimate journey into a society on the brink. The screening will be preceded by a discussion with journalist and head of WARM Remy Ourdan and producer of Abounaddara Films Charif Kiwan (more speakers TBC).