The Embassy of Canada is proud to present the 2nd Season of "The Many Faces of Afghanistan" film screening series
Uránia National Film Theatre, Csortos Hall
(1088 Budapest, Rákóczi út 21.)
The films will be screened in original English,
followed by moderated discussions in Hungarian and in English.
Entry is free of charge. Seats are available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
February 8, 17.00
Waging Peace: Canada in Afghanistan
(Randy Lobb, Brooks Bergreen, 2009, 58')
Invited speaker: David Fairchild, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, sharing his personal experiences on Afghanistan.
Moderator: Péter Marton, Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Budapest Corvinus University.
(The discussion will be in English)
The film follows Canadian Richard Fitoussi on a personal quest into the fiercest parts of Afghanistan’s war-torn southern frontier to learn why Canadian soldiers are dying in a mission that has sparked more controversy than any other military intervention in Canadian history. Embedded with the Canadian military alongside established war correspondents. Fitoussi sees for himself what is at stake for the Afghan people and the Canadians.
February 15, 17 .00
Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear (discussion will follow)
(Dominic Morrissette, Julian Sher, 2008, 88')
Six years into the mammoth task of rebuilding Afghanistan, it's time to address a contentious question: is all of this effort making a difference to the lives of Afghans? Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear takes viewers into the heart of a country that has been the subject of intense debate and asks whether or not the lives of ordinary citizens are improving. Through a series of intensely personal stories delving into a range of topics the program gauges whether Afghanistan is moving forwards or backwards. Is the country descending into further instability? Or is real progress being made?
February 22, 17.00
Audition (discussion will follow)
(Nelofer Pazira, 2009, 56')
A film director returns to Afghanistan to hold auditions for their new movie. The local men are eager, enthusiastically laughing and dying on command. The women are intrigued, but reticent, fearing retribution for appearing on camera. Filmed in a country that straddles two worlds, the modern and the traditional, the documentary explores the nature of how observing people with a camera changes the very behaviour you are trying to record.
March 1, 17.00
The Scared Sacred (discussion will follow)
(Velcrow Ripper, 2004, 105')
In a world teetering on the edge of self-destruction, award-winning filmmaker Velcrow Ripper sets out on a unique pilgrimage. Visiting the 'Ground Zeros' of the planet, he asks if it's possible to find hope in the darkest moments of human history. Scared Sacred deftly weaves together stunning footage with haunting memories, inspirational stories, and an evocative soundscape. Featuring an engaging, first-person narrative, this film is an exquisite portrait of a search for meaning in times of turmoil, a luminous gift to a world in shadow
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