An extraordinarily intimate portrait of Iraqis living under US occupation. Dr Riyadh, an Iraqi medical doctor – an outspoken critic of the occupation and equally passionate about the need to establish democracy in Iraq, arguing that Sunni participation in the 2005 elections is essential. Yet all around him, he sees only chaos, as his waiting room fills each day with patients suffering the physical and mental effects of ever-increasing violence. The film follows the agonising predicament and gradual descent of one man caught in the tragic contradictions of the US occupation of Iraq and its project to spread democracy in the Middle East.
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Inspiration Award, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Best Long Documentary, Flahertiana Film Festival, Russia Human Rights Award, Durban International Film Festival Henry Hampton Award, Council on Foundations Film &
Festival Official Selection, Berlin International Film Festival
WATER WARRIORS, Nutan Manmohan, 60’, PSBT (Followed by discussion with Filmmaker)
‘Anything else you're interested in is not going to happen if you don’t have water …. Don't sit this one out. Do something.’ - Carl Sagan. This two-part film series profiles ‘water warriors’ who have launched a series of innovations to combat water stress.
PEACE IS EVERY STEP: MEDITATION IN ACTION The Life & Work of Thich Nhat Hanh, Gaetano Kazuo Maida, USA, 52’
Narrated by Ben Kingsley, this is the classic film profile of renowned Vietnamese Buddhist teacher, author, activist and Nobel Peace Prize-nominee Thich Nhat Hanh. The film includes rare archival footage from Vietnam detailing the work of his School of Youth for Social Service in the 1960s.
PEACE IS EVERY STEP
DISCUSSION FORUM (Panellists to be confirmed)
Arun Shourie, Madhu Trehan Shantum Seth, Rajiv Mehrotra (Moderator)
INDIA PREMIERE LONG NIGHT’S JOURNEY INTO DAY, Deborah Hoffmann & Frances Reid, USA, 94’
Long Night's Journey into Day reveals a South Africa trying to forge a lasting peace after 40 years of the most notorious system of racial segregation. The documentary studies South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission set up by the post-apartheid, democratic government to consider amnesty for perpetrators of crimes committed under apartheid's reign. It tracks the human drama of just a handful of the 10,000 requests for amnesty that came before the TRC. In exchange for absolute truth about their activities and human