The Forum Blog

October 19, 2016

The blood flow of the global economy

‘These came by ship,’ journalist Rose George remarked in the opening minutes of the film, casting her eyes over her clothes, ‘my shoes probably came by ship, the microphone certainly…’ The device you’re using to read this blog probably did too: 90% of everything we consume arrives in a shipping container.

October 19, 2016

Unconstitutional abortion laws highlighted by documentary

Director Dawn Porter was a lawyer before she was a filmmaker. Her film, Trapped, is about the impact of abortion regulation on clinics in southern US states. It’s rare to have a story where the main plot is legislation, but it works, and it’s heart-breaking.

October 18, 2016

A conversation with Patrick Cockburn

Each conflict is nuanced, its history and its fanatics. We, as consumers of entertainment, are taught to laud our heroes and demonize our villains, forgetting that the real world breeds only people and their overlapping interests.

October 13, 2016

Violent Borders: Border Conflict, Security and the Refugee Crisis

In the absence of legitimate methods of travelling to safer lands, smugglers enjoy a booming trade with a huge supply of refugees willing to pay to escape their home country. Elinor Raikes discussed the irony of a system that refuses entry actually increases risk: “you’re pushing people into these illegal, uncontrolled, unmanaged routes, and actually it’s worse for our security.”

October 12, 2016

Displacement and demography: Colombia

“Not quite the evening we thought we were going to have”, began Ed Vulliamy, journalist for The Guardian and The Observer. A talk that was expected to celebrate the formal end to 52 years of civil war, ended up examinging why a much celebrated peace deal between the Farc and the Colombian government was rejected in a public referendum.

October 2, 2016

The Nauru files: changing the narrative of media coverage on refugee issues

“It is very hard for Muslim girls to live in Burma. For the boys it is not so dangerous. They just get killed,” said the first girl, 13. “I consumed washing detergents… poison… I’m so tired of everything,” said the second girl.

September 15, 2016

Kleptoscope: London’s Dirty Money

“Three quarters of money looted in Russia comes to the UK.” The audience sat in stunned silence. Roman Borisovich continued, “there is an army of UK bankers, accountants, lawyers, trustees, and other professionals assisting Russian corruption.”

September 9, 2016

In the Picture with Paula Bronstein: Afghanistan – Between Hope and Fear

‘Mob rule took over’ she said quietly, ‘and they killed her’. The grief and anger at Farkhunda Malikzada’s funeral is one of many harrowing events Paula Bronstein has documented. But her latest book, Afghanistan – Between Hope and Fear, captures not only the tragedy of a country ravaged by war: it also shows the joy. 

July 19, 2016

The Hard Stop: portraying the people behind the London riots

Words and pictures by Heenali Patel One summer morning in 2011, London’s Metropolitan Police pulled over Mark Duggan– a young, black, British man– and shot him dead. His killing sparked what became known as the Tottenham riots, and set off a chain reaction of arson and looting across the country. Images of burning buildings and […]

June 17, 2016

City 40: film lifts veil on secretive nuclear town

On Tuesday 14 June, a packed-out Frontline Club hosted a screening of the acclaimed documentary City 40 followed by a Q&A with the film’s director Samira Goetschel and Guardian journalist Luke Harding.

May 24, 2016

Holy Lands: Sectarianism in the Middle East

On Thursday 19 May, the Frontline Club hosted a panel on sectarianism in the Middle East, the formation of secular nation-states and the roots of the conflicts of today.

May 23, 2016

He Named Me Malala: Education and the Refugee Crisis

“We learn so much from Malala, she tells us that we have a voice in the West but we take it for granted”, Guwali Passarlay.

May 17, 2016

“Times are Changing” But Little has Changed for Ordinary Cubans

Whilst institutional changes in Cuban foreign relations make headlines in global media, the daily-lives of ordinary people on the island are yet to see huge improvements.

March 31, 2016

After Brussels: Brexit and the Future of Europe

The Frontline Club played host to a heated and at times fractious debate on Brexit and the future of Europe on Thursday 24 March 2016.

March 16, 2016

Inside Obama’s White House

On Tuesday 15 March the Frontline Club hosted a screening of the first episode from new BBC Two series Inside Obama’s White House. It was followed by a Q&A with series producer Norma Percy and director Paul Mitchell, moderated by author and Guardian journalist Jonathan Freedland.

March 14, 2016

Among the Believers: Ideological Battles Shaping Pakistan

On Friday 11 March 2016, the Frontline Club held a screening of Among the Believers, a documentary directed by Hemil Trevedi and Mohammed Naqvi. The screening was followed by a Q&A with Naqvi and producer Joseph Goodman Levitt.

March 10, 2016

The Search for Balkan War Criminals – Justice, Peace and Reconciliation

On Wednesday 9 March, the Guardian‘s world affairs editor Julian Borger was joined by a panel of experts to discuss the search for Balkan war criminals as detailed in his new book, The Butcher’s Trail – How the Search for Balkan War Criminals Became the World’s Most Successful Manhunt. 

February 26, 2016

In Pictures: Granta – The Legacy of Communism

On Wednesday 24 February 2016, journalist and author Oliver Bullough was joined by Peter Pomerantsev, writer and senior fellow at the Legatum Institute, and author Philip Ó Ceallaigh to discuss the legacy of communism in eastern Europe. The event marked the release of Granta magazine’s new edition – No Man’s Land.

February 25, 2016

No Man’s Land: The Legacy of Communism

By Isabel Gonzalez-Prendergast On Wednesday 24 February, a panel of experts met to discuss the legacy of war and communism in eastern Europe. A full house convened for the event to mark the release of the latest edition of Granta, No Man’s Land, which focuses on the ground between opposing forces, twenty five years since the fall of […]

February 24, 2016

Cuba for Sale: Cuba’s Housing Crisis

On Tuesday 23 February, the Frontline Club hosted a preview screening of Cuba For Sale, a new film by Al Jazeera. Following the screening, journalist and historian Richard Gott moderated a panel discussion with reporter and filmmaker Juliana Ruhfus; LSE fellow Helen Yaffe; national secretary of the Cuba Solidary Campaign Bernard Regan; and assistant director at the […]

February 19, 2016

Documentary Shorts: Methods and Inspiration

A panel of experienced filmmakers came together at the Frontline Club on Monday 15 February to give an insight into their creative processes when making short documentary films. The panel consisted of award-winning filmmakers Liam Saint-Pierre, Chloe White, Marc Silver, and Gemma Atkinson, with documentary programmer and DocHouse producer Jenny Horwell moderating the discussion. 

February 18, 2016

Revolutionary Egypt: Podcast and Photos

On Wednesday 10 February 2016, a panel of experts joined an audience at the Frontline Club to discuss Revolutionary Egypt Five Years On. Speakers included Jack Shenker, journalist and former Egypt correspondent for the Guardian; Dr Omar Ashour, an associate fellow at Chatham House and senior lecturer in Security Studies in the Institute of Arab and […]

February 8, 2016

Sicario: Mexican Drug Cartels & the US-led War on Drugs

Journalist and writer Ed Vulliamy was joined by Empire film critic Dan Jolin on Friday 5 February at the Frontline Club, to watch and discuss Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario. The Academy Award-nominated film, the title of which translates to ‘assassin’, tells the story of the inextricably linked worlds of US law enforcement agencies and Mexican drug cartels. 

February 4, 2016

Abbas – Documenting Iran from 1970

By Charlotte Beale Legendary Iranian photographer Abbas joined journalist and filmmaker Maziar Bahari in a conversation at the Frontline Club on 3 February 2016, chaired by CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer. Bahari and Abbas have collaborated to launch, a platform showcasing Abbas’s photographic body of work on Iran since 1970, including his coverage of the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

February 2, 2016

My Jihad: Confronting Extremism in Belgium

By May Bulman Belgian journalist Rudi Vranckx joined an audience at the Frontline Club on Monday 1 February 2016 to discuss his documentary My Jihad, in which he explores how a small Belgian community is confronting extremism.

January 29, 2016

War Zone Freelance Exhibition – in Pictures

Photos by Tolly Robinson Thursday 28 January 2016 – panel discussion with journalists Benjamin Hiller, Osie Greenway, Jeffry Ruigendijk and Anne Alling on the subject of freelance conflict reporting and the War Zone Freelance Exhibition.

January 29, 2016

War Zone Freelance Exhibition – The Story Behind the News

By Thomas Colson A panel of freelance journalists and photographers joined an audience at the Frontline Club on Thursday 28 January 2016 to discuss the story behind a new exhibition of freelance war photography. Osie Greenway, Anne Alling, Benjamin Hiller and Jeffry Ruigendijk introduced photography and footage from their time in the Middle East – particularly Iraq, Syria and Lebanon […]

January 26, 2016

Gordon Brown, Julia Gillard & Kevin Watkins Discuss Funding Education for Syrian Child Refugees

By Charlotte Beale United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown joined chair of the Global Partnership for Education and former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the Overseas Development Institute’s Executive Director Kevin Watkins at the Frontline Club on 25 January 2016 to discuss Funding for Syrian Child Refugees, on […]

January 26, 2016

‘Trumpmania’ and the US Election Year

By Elizabeth Jackson On Wednesday 20 January 2016, in front of a sold out audience at the Frontline Club, a panel of experts – chaired by journalist Michael Goldfarb – set out to discuss what is in store for this election year in the United States.

January 25, 2016

Professionalising Citizen Journalism

By Adam Barr “We all work in closing spaces around the world where journalism is becoming more and more difficult.” The challenges of reporting on places and conflicts forgotten by the mainstream media were laid bare on Tuesday 19 January, as the Frontline Club hosted an in-depth discussion on the professionalisation of citizen journalism. Trevor […]