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24. 03. 2014

Putin's Games competition
Bozar Cinéma - Centre for Fine Arts, Rue Ravenstein 23
Alexander Gentelev / Germany, Austria, Israel / 2013 / 90 min.
The medals have been handed out, records broken and victories achieved. But who are the real winners and losers of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi? The Games will always be remembered as the controversial project of Russian President Vladimir Putin, which never would have taken place were it not for his personal obsession. The dream of hosting this celebration of global sport may have turned into reality, but at what cost? Endemic corruption, expropriation of private property, forced relocation of residents and irreversible damage to the environment. This investigative documentary explores the biggest problems in contemporary Russia. These Olympic Games will not be a happy memory for the people whose testimony contributed to the creation of this film.
Opening speech:
Štefan Füle (the European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy)
Martin Povejšil (the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the EU)
Discussion after the film:
Sasha Klein (the producer of the film)
Aude Merlin (FIDH Mission responsible for Russia and Caucasus)
Nikolaj Rybakov (director of Environmental Rights Centre Bellona)
Šimon Pánek (director of People in Need)
Fraser Cameron (director of EU - Russia Centre)

in cooperation with FIDH

25. 03. 2014

11:30The Road to Tawerghaa competition
Norway House, Rue Archimede 17
Ashraf Al Mashharawi / Libya / 2013 / 42 min.
In 2011, when the war began against the Gaddafi regime in Libya, the city of Misrata became the main centre of the uprising. To suppress the riots, Gaddafi sent militants to Misrata from the city of Tawergha who committed a series of crimes and atrocities against the local people. With the end of the war, the ethnically diverse population of Tawergha became the victims of revenge, and for three years now thousands of them are living as refugees. The film illustrates the difficult situation of the country in which justice has yet to be served and features interviews with activists, representatives of the state and victims searching for what the process of reconciliation has so far blocked. 

Discussion after the film:
Elham Saudi, director of Libyan Lawyers for Justice
Enas Eldersey, former Head of the Documentation and Monitoring Department of the National Council of Civil Liberties and Human Rights in Benghazi.
Mattia Toaldo, European Council on Foreign Relations
Alvaro Benlloch Miranda, Libya Desk, European External Action Service (EEAS)
Moderator: Šimon Pánek, Executive Director of People in Need
Organized in cooperation with the Mission of Norway to the EU.
A light lunch will be offered after the discussion. 


18:30The Age of Cheap
Goethe Institute, Rue Belliard 58

Frédéric Brunnquell / France / 2012 / 52 min.

In his documentary road movie across Europe, director Frédéric Brunnquell seeks to answer why a ticket with Ryanair can be purchased for just a few euros or why Lidl's products are so cheap. After meeting with company owners and former employees, he discovers that the precondition for high profits is low salaries and working conditions bordering on exploitation. Being a flight attendant is no longer prestigious and sitting behind the counter at the supermarket is often a nightmare. With this approach, discount companies once again create customers out of their own employees, who have no choice but to buy their cheap goods. There is always someone who must pay for a discount.

Discussion after the film:
Frédéric Brunnquell (director of the film)

Patrick Isschert (Deputy General Secretary, European Trade Union Confederation)
Claire Courteille (Director of International Labour Organization Brussels)

Organised in cooperation with the United Nations Regional Centre in Brussels (UNRIC)

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19:00Return to Homs competition
Permanent Representation of the CR to the EU, Rue Caroly 15

Talal Derki / Syria, Germany / 2013 / 90 min.

In 2011, influenced by the wave of Arab Spring protests, the Syrian people took up the non-violent cause to change the authoritarian regime. The tough response of Bashar al-Assad's government troops launched a nationwide uprising that eventually led to civil war. In the chaotic situation, director Talal Derki began following the stories of two friends from the city of Homs who became the leaders of the rebel group. With the ongoing repression, the city turns into ruins before their eyes and these originally idealistic revolutionaries decide to take up arms. The film realistically records the escalating brutality of the war in Syria. The film won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for the best documentary at Sundance in 2014. 

Discussion after the film:

Mouaffaq Nyrabia (Syrian opposition’s representative to the EU)
Šimon Pánek (the director of People in Need)
Tamara El Khoury (European Endowment for Democracy)
Radwan Ziadeh (activist, director, Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies (SCPSS))
Yahia Hakoum (activist, student in Belgium)

in cooperation with the Czech Centre Brussels


26. 03. 2014

18:30Keep Up The Good Work
Goethe Institute, Rue Belliard 58

Konstantin Faigle / Germany / 2012 / 98 min.

This documentary comedy looks broadly at work as a source of happiness as well as suffering. Director Konstantin Faigle invited sociologists, economists, theologians, philosophers, historians, psychologists and comedians to think about where Western civilisation finds itself in relation to work. Interviews and surveys accompany playfully staged sequences with a busy pensioner, burnt out engineer and hardworking production manager without orders or cynical insurance agents. The frequently disturbing ideas and issues are balanced by stories about people who have found an alternative to the current system.

Discussion after the film:
Konstantin Faigle (the director of the film)
Moderated by Aldo Caruso (Heinrich Böll Stiftung Brussels).

Glass of wine will be served after the discussion.

in cooperation with Heinrich Böll Stiftung Brussels

19:00Viva Cuba Libre: Rap is War competition
Permanent Representation of the CR to the EU, Rue Caroly 15
Jesse Acevedo / Cuba, USA / 2013 / 60 min.

Director Jesse Acevedo reveals the dark side of life on the "Island of Freedom", which is not found in the catalogues of travel agencies. Under the threat of prison, he follows the rap group Los Aldeanos, which lends its voice to all Cubans who have been unjustly persecuted, tyrannized and abused by the state. The government forbids their music; concerts are held in secret in remote parts of the country. From time to time, the rappers themselves end up in jail. But the idea of freedom spread by the musicians cannot be repressed. 

Discussion after the film:
Francis Sanchez (Cuban independent artist)
Elizardo Sanchez (former political prisoner and human rights campaigner)
Ondřej Juřík (head of Latin America projects, People in Need)
and other guests

Moderated by Kristina Prunerová (Czech Centre Brussels).


27. 03. 2014

18:00The Agreement competition
Norway House, Rue Archimede 17
Karen Stokkendal Poulsen / Denmark / 2013 / 58 min.

Danish director Karen Stokkendal Poulsen peers behind the curtain of diplomatic talks between Serbia and Kosovo in the European Union. The year is 2012 and the Serbs are eager for EU membership, while Kosovo strives to gain recognition of its independence. Meanwhile the EU needs to strengthen its credibility as the supposed guardian of European stability. The atmosphere surrounding each negotiating team is tense. Every point of dispute is accompanied by heated emotions. Will the European negotiators succeed in achieving consensus? Can a well-chosen necktie help alleviate the tense atmosphere?
Short introduction of the film will be held by its director Karen Stokkendal Poulsen.
18:30Ruina competition
Goethe Institute, Rue Belliard 58

Markus Lenz / Germany / 2013 / 73 min.

Twenty years ago, one of the largest banks in Venezuela went bust. Now in the centre of Caracas stands an unfinished 200-metre tall skyscraper. Over time, the empty offices intended for bankers were taken over by some 3,000 squatters. The neighbours are afraid of the squatters and hope the government will relocate them but the situation has been ignored for a long time. Often called the largest vertical slum in Latin America, the building has its own rules and regulations and the local residents have built a distinctive model of community management. The film shows the reality of a country that after 15 years of Chavez rule does not at all resemble the promised socialist paradle.

Discussion after the film:
Markus Lenz (the director of the film)
Ondřej Juřík (head of Latin America projects, People in Need)
and other guests


28. 03. 2014

11:30The Little Guerrilla Girl
Norway House, Rue Archimede 17

Giancarlo Bocchi / Italy, UK, Burma / 2013 / 40 min.

The Karen people in Burma have been fighting for freedom for 70 years – first against Japan, and today against the Burmese government. The bloody clashes for independence take place mainly in the impenetrable jungle area near the border with Thailand. The current easing of the regime has not helped the Karen people, who still live in poverty, fear and suffering. The fate of this oppressed ethnic group is also experienced first-hand by a young girl named Zoya Phan, who had to flee to London in order to survive. The film follows Zoya as she returns to her native country to attend the funeral of her murdered father and to record the stories of soldiers and locals. 

Discussion after the film:
Eszter Nemeth (EEAS, Myanmar Desk Officer)

Neil Campbell (OSI, Head of EU Policy Development)

Ko Zarni (former Burmese political prisoner)
Moderated by Marie Havlínová (Burma projects coordinator, People in Need)

in cooperation with the Mission of Norway to the EU


31. 03. 2014

18:30Zelim's Confession
European Parliament, Yehudi Menuhin Space, Place Luxembourg
Natalia Mikhaylova / Germany / 2013 / 60 min.

Zelim, a 20-year-old Chechen living in the North Caucasus, is arrested one morning without charge. Over five days of brutal torture, the police try to extract a confession for crimes he did not commit. Thanks to his resilience Zelim manages to survive and escape to Norway. While Zelim battles nightmares and oppressive memories in his new home, his family in Ingushetia try to clear his name. Director Natalia Mikhaylova uses Zelim’s story to return to the five fateful days that changed his life and call attention to the fact that he is not the only victim of the Russian state apparatus. 

Discussion after the film:
Oleg Orlov (Memorial, Sakharov Prize Laureate 2009)
Rostislav Valvoda (Head of East European Programme, People in Need)
Knut Fleckenstein (Member of EP)
Vincent Degert ( EEAS, Director for Russia)
and other guests

Sakharov Prize Network event
Organized by the European Parliament, in cooperation with People in Need
Permanent Representation of the CR to the EU, Rue Caroly 15

Radim Špaček / Czech Republic / 2013 / 69 min.

The Czech Provincial Reconstruction Team worked for five years in Logar province, Afghanistan, as part of a government-organised mission in which it participated in more than 200 projects. Director Radim Špaček embarked on an expedition to chart their work and the everyday experiences of people from the team, who for a time called Afghanistan home. They came to help a war-torn country but constantly hit invisible cultural barriers. The film depicts the clash of civilisations between Euro-Atlantic and traditional Afghan society, and raises thought-provoking questions about the role of development aid.

Discussion after the film:
Radim Špaček (the director of the film)
Moderated by Jakub Dürr (Deputy Permanent Representative of the CR to the EU)


01. 04. 2014

12:30Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus competition
European Parliament, Yehudi Menuhin Space, Place Luxembourg
Madeleine Sackler / USA / 2013 / 76 min.

This provocative and critical theatre performance would evoke emotion in democratic countries let alone in totalitarian Belarus, constricted as it is by censorship and repression. The members of the Belarus Free Theatre, who must present their performances unofficially and in secret, experience this repression first-hand. Despite repeated threats, they are not afraid to address socially important issues such as sexual orientation, alcoholism and, of course, the political situation. Their criticism of the regime has led to the emigration of some of them from Belarus, where they continue to fight against Europe's last dictatorship. In addition to writing blogs and initiating protests, they produce new plays. 
Discussion after the film:
Filip Kaczmarek (Member of European Parliament)
Valentin Stefanovic (vice-president of Viasna - human rights center)
Egidius Navikas (EEAS)
Nikolaj Nielsen (Danish-American journalist)
and other guests
Sakharov Prize Network event.
Organised by the European Parliament, FIDH and People in Need
18:30Shady Chocolate
European Parliament, Yehudi Menuhin Space, Place Luxembourg

Miki Mistrati / Denmark / 2012 / 45 min.

Ever since it was revealed that the chocolate industry is involved with child slavery in the Ivory Coast, the industry has been busy – due to consumer demands – explaining what exactly it does to actively fight trafficking and child labour. But does the industry live up to its own promises?
In this investigative film, director Miki Mistrati tries to find out, if the chocolate industry – which is one of the largest corporations in the world – speak the truth, when they say that they provide education, medical care etc. for the children of the Ivory Coast. But the project runs into trouble already from the get-go, because the embassy of the Ivory Coast won’t let Miki enter the country until he has an invitation – from the chocolate industry.

Discussion after the film:
Hauwa Ibrahim (Sakharov Prize laureate 2005)
Edward McMillan Scott (EP Vice President)
Miki Mistrati (the director of the film)
Barbara Lochbihler (Member of EP)
Philippe Cori (Director of UNICEF Brussels EU Office)

Sakharov Prize Network event.
Organized by the European Parliament

19:005 SEASONS
Cinema Aventure, Rue des Fripiers 57, 1000 Brussels

Oktay Namazov / Azerbaijan / 2013 / 31 min 

The documentary film depicts the political events that took place in Azerbaijan over the last five seasons. The film touches upon such issues as violation of property rights, protests in Baku and the regions, repressions against activists, political prisoners in the country and corruption scandals of Azerbaijan’s ruling family. Experts, journalists and human rights defenders discuss these issues and help viewers understand the core of these problems and their cause. This documentary is a joint production of N!DA FILM and Elephant Production.


02. 04. 2014

12:00Open Access
European Parliament, Yehudi Menuhin Space, Place Luxembourg

Volodymyr Tykhyy, Serhiy Andrushko, Jeanne Dovhych, Dmytro Konovalov, Dmytro Tiazhlov / Ukraine / 2013 / 98 min.

The Transparency International corruption index in 2013 ranked Ukraine as one of the most corrupt countries in the world, alongside such countries as the Central African Republic and Papua New Guinea. "Corruption in Ukraine is a systemic phenomenon," said Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in 2011. "It destroys the state, humiliates and shames every citizen and threatens freedom and constitutional rights." In the same year a law is passed on access to public information. Five people from different parts of the country are trying to invoke this law among the corrupt and frustratingly bureaucratic government officials. Five stories, five directors, one theme. In some Ukrainian cities local authorities prohibited screenings of the film.

Discussion after the film:
Olivier Basille (Reporters Without Borders, Sakharov Prize Laureate 2005)
Gunnar Wiegand (EEAS director)
Mustafa Nayem (Ukrainian journalist)

Mariya Tomak (Ukraine activist and journalist)
Moderated by: Olena Ivantsiv (Ukraine projects coordinator, People in Need)

Sakharov Prize Network event
Organised by the European Parliament, in cooperation with People in Need

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