Summer Screenings and Happy Hour
Wednesday 30 July 2014, 7:30 PM
The 4,500-kilometer (2,800-mile) Urengoy-Pomary-Uzhgorod gas pipeline connects the second-largest gas field in the world in Urengoy, West Siberia with the Western European market. It has become one of the most vital arteries of the Russian economy. For 104 days renowned director Vitaly Mansky followed the course of this Trans-Siberian gas pipeline through seven different countries. Pipeline is a visually refined road movie offering an unsettling portrait of the legendary Trans-Siberian gas pipeline, on which much of Europe is still reliant.
Wednesday 6 August 2014, 7:30 PM
Belarus is governed by Europe’s last dictator, Alexander Lukashenko. In the run-up to the 2010 presidential election and for a year afterwards, filmmaker Madeleine Sackler followed the trials and tribulations of Belarus Free Theatre, an underground theater company based in Minsk and led by Natalia and Nikolai. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Madeleine Sackler via Skype.
Wednesday 13 August 2014, 7:30 PM
In a journey across the settlements, the roads and the Separation Wall of the West Bank, Eyal Weizman demonstrates how architecture is central to the Israeli occupation of Palestine. His work on the architecture of occupation has led him to understand the discipline’s role in modern urban warfare. This Al Jazeera Witness Preview screening will be followed by a discussion with director Ana Naomi de Sousa and protagonist and architect Eyal Weizman.
Wednesday 20 August 2014, 7:30 PM
Academy Award-nominated documentary Rabbit à la Berlin uses the Berlin Wall rabbit population as a metaphor for the huge transition post-communist societies underwent. For 28 years, the Death Zone between the Berlin Walls was a safe home for wild rabbits. Full of grass, no predators, guards protecting them from human disturbance. They were enclosed but happy, until, one day, the wall fell down. The rabbits had to abandon the comfortable system they had been living in and are still learning how to live in the free world. An additional selection of short documentaries connected to the fall of the Berlin Wall will be added to the programme.
Wednesday 27 August 2014, 7:30 PM
As a teenager, programming prodigy Aaron Swartz took the Internet community by storm. His intellect and understanding matched its most seasoned members. Today, his fingerprints are all over the internet, from his help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit. But Swartz’s groundbreaking work in social justice combined with his aggressive approach to information access ensnared him in a two-year legal nightmare, with fatal consequences.