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Uyghurs: Prisoners of the Absurd
Friday, February 12 | 7:00 pm
Sponsored by Amnesty International, Don Wright, Activism Coordinator for Western Canada and the Territories will introduce the film and hold a discussion afterward.
Patricio Henríquez, China/Guantanamo, Cuba, 2014, 98 min.
This feature documentary recounts the incredible odyssey of 22 men from China’s persecuted Uyghur minority who were detained in Guantánamo as terrorists. These Turkic speaking Muslims, persecuted by the authorities in Beijing, escaped to the Middle East where they were captured and sold as terrorists to the American forces.
From northern China to Guantánamo, Cuba, this new documentary by Patricio Henríquez charts the incredible odyssey of three of these “prisoners of the absurd,” linked to worldwide terror networks through no fault of their own.
Friday, February 12 | 8:50 pm
Sponsored by CoDevelopment Canada, Bliss Holloway, Director of Photography will introduce the film and hold a Q&A following the screening.
Roberto Salinas, Nicaragua/USA/Italy, 2014, 82 min.
For over a year, the filmmaker followed the most unlikely President of the United Nations General Assembly, Father Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann – a Nicarguan priest, a revolution theologian, an advocate of the developing world, a reformer. With a front row to how the UN dealt with some of the most severe crises to have rocked the world in recent years, the programme reveals how D’Escoto tried to change things, and sheds light on the UN’s opaque mechanisms. We show how in the only global government we have, the best intentions are thwarted, but also the dysfunction, the pettiness, the power dynamics that have over time rendered progress impossible.
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