DITSHWANELO 12 th ANNUAL HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL 2–11 May 2012 AV Centre, Maru-a-Pula School .
TICKETS: P25 per session
ALL FILMS FREE ENTRY FOR ALL STUDENTS
Bean Bag Café (Maitisong) will be open daily during the film festival: 5.00 p.m. – 7.00 p.m.
OPENING SESSION AT MAITISONG
Wednesday 2 May FREE ENTRY!
6.00 – 7.00 p.m. Snacks and Drinks.
7.00 – 7.15 p.m. Official Opening by UN Resident Coordinator, Anders Pedersen.
7.15 – 8.40 p.m. Screening of
A State of Shame: Politically Motivated Rape in Zimbabwe and Resolution.
8.45 – 9.30 p.m. Discussion with Marika Griehsel (Director of Resolution) and Kudakwashe Chitsike (Director of A State of Shame: Politically Motivated Rape in Zimbabwe)
Theme: Sexual Violence in War and
A State of Shame: Politically Motivated Rape in Zimbabwe . Kudakwashe Chitsike Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU) and Witness. 24 minutes. Zimbabwe. 2011. Courtesy of RAU. Director in attendance .
In 2008, political violence erupted throughout Zimbabwe as a result of the contested national elections. Zimbabwean women of all ages, targeted for their political affiliations, were abducted from their workplaces and homes, raped, tortured, and beaten in secret torture centers. It is estimated that from May to July, state-sanctioned groups raped over 2,000 women and girls. The local police have ignored these women's pleas for protection and justice, and national leaders have been equally unresponsive to local and international demands for an end to the violence.
A State of Shame: Politically Motivated Rape in Zimbabwe profiles five (5) women who are survivors of rape during the 2008 election period. They each detail their experiences and whether the perpetrators were prosecuted as well as the consequences of the rape on their lives.
Resolution. Marika Griehsel. 59 minutes. 2011. Sweden. Courtesy of Director. Director in attendance.
In 2010, Margot Wallstrom, the first UN special representative on sexual violence in war and conflict, together with her team, used their mandate to develop and lobby for UN Resolution 1960. A strategic tool which gives the international community the capacity to effectively prosecute those responsible for committing of planning sexual violence in war and conflict.
Resolution follows Wallstrom and her colleagues as they visit rape survivors and frontline activists, like Dr Denis Mukwege, in conflict areas across the globe. During 10 short months, they shine the spotlight on instances where rape is used as a strategic weapon of war and raise the issue to the top of the agenda of the UN Security Council.
Thursday 3 May 2012
Theme: Apartheid South Africa.
7.00 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.
Here be Dragons. Odette Geldenhuys. 86 minutes. 2010. South Africa. Courtesy of the Director. Co-hosted with The Law Society of Botswana.
George Bizos is a national treasure, one of the few South African icons who has stayed true to his beliefs of justice for all and this film provides an inside look at his illustrious career and the beliefs which led him there. Director Geldenhuys has had unprecedented access to the man and his daily life – a relaxed Bizos, undaunted by the camera, cooks, swims and celebrates birthdays with Nelson Mandela. He talks freely about his humble beginnings, his work on the Rivonia trial, and his commitment to building the justice system in South Africa. The film is an important document of a very full life: it takes us on the emotional, personal and political journey of one of South Africa greatest jurists
Friday 4 May 2012
7.00 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.
Zimbabwe’s Forgotten Children. Jezza Neumann. 90 minutes. UK/Zimbabwe. 2010. English and Shona with English sub-titles. Courtesy of True Vision Productions. Co-hosted with Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CZC).
Shot entirely undercover over the course of nine months, Zimbabwe’s Forgotten Children is a beautiful and moving documentary which tells the stories of three children growing up in today’s Zimbabwe. 12 year old Grace rummages through rubbish dumps in Harare to find bones to sell for school fees. 9 year old Esther has to take care of her baby sister and her mother who is dying of HIV and AIDS. 13 year old Obert pans for gold to make enough money to buy food for himself and his grandmother, while dreaming of somehow getting an education which he craves. From BAFTA-winning director and producer Jezza Neumann and Xoliswa Sithole, a powerful tale unfolds, of the gaping chasm between what these children hope for and that with which their country can currently provide them.
Winner : 2011 Rory Peck Sony Professional Impact Award; 2011, Current Affairs BAFTA (British Academy Television Award); 2011 Peabody Award- 70 th Annual Peabody Awards.
Saturday 5 May 2012
7.00 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.
Robert Mugabe, What Happened? Simon Bright. 80 minutes. South Africa. 2011. English sub-titles. Courtesy of Spier Films.Co-hosted with Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CZC).
In parallel narratives, Simon Bright tells the stories of Rhodesia’s transition to Zimbabwe and the personal journey of Robert Mugabe, using one to explain the other, finally suggesting why Mugabe chose the road he has. Driven by extraordinary archive footage, as a cinematic biography it has everything – first-hand accounts of Mugabe’s early life with a desperately poor Catholic mother, what he was like at school, the effects of a Jesuit education and his rage against his absent father. As his star ascends, commentators reflect on early landmarks, particularly his attendance of Ghana’s independence celebrations in 1957. It is clear the highly intellectual young turk was admired and respected through the 1960s and 1970’s. Bright traces the origins of this esteem through fascinating archival film interviews. The parallel story of the transition is equally well-researched, as are later episodes of importance, notably Lancaster House, the Matebeleland genocide and the growing role of global business in Africa’s economies. But it is the behind-the-scenes jostling for power which Bright exposes, which is the most riveting and from it, Mugabe emerges as unquestionably one of post-colonial history’s most canny and devious leaders.
Sunday 6 May 2012
Theme: LGBTI Rights.
7.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m.
Tumediso ‘Shanti Lo’ Loeto performance for Stockholm Pride Festival, August 2011 at Kungstradgarden. 12 minutes. Stockholm. 2011. Courtesy of Shanti Lo. Shanti Lo in attendance.
Shanti Lo, the first Motswana to perform at the Stockholm Pride Festival in August 2011, was one of those showcasing African artists. In a 12 minute excerpt, Shanti Lo performs two songs and is interviewed for Swedish Television TV4 in connection with the Stockholm Pride Festival.
Breaking Out of the Box. Busi Kheswa and Zethu Matebeni. 40 minutes. South Africa. 2011. Courtesy of Director. Director in attendance.
Buhli Msibi’s poem I break the Boxes provides the title for this wide-ranging, touching, often funny documentary, highlighting the lives of black lesbians in South Africa. The title is appropriate, telling the tales of six high-profile women. The sheer breadth of experience in the black lesbian community is revealed, the profiled women all having re-defined their set parameters in one way or another. They are a well-thought our mix of vices and bear compelling witness to an epoch which has seen gay rights go from ‘zero to hero’. There are the mother figures of Mary Hames of the Gender Equity Unit of the University of the Western Cape (UWC) AND Dr Yvette Abrahams of the Gender Commission for Gender Equality, who set the scene with stories of the anti-apartheid activism years (and falling hopelessly in love). The traditional leader, Fikile Vilakazi of the Coalition of African Lesbians, one of the country’s most eloquent spokespersons on the rights of gay persons offering a compelling argument against the ‘gay-is-white’ argument … ‘if you say being gay is not African, then you insult me, because you are saying I am not African’.
Monday 7 May 2012
Theme: Political Activism in Palestine and apartheid South Africa.
7.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.
Home Front: Portraits from Sheikh Jarrah. Rebekah Wingert-Jabi. 32 minutes. 2012. Courtesy of Just Vision.
Since 2008, dozens of Palestinian residents of the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah have been evicted from their homes and displaced by Israeli settlers. With Israeli courts largely backing the settlers’ claims, hundreds of others now face the same threat. In response, Israeli supporters from increasingly diverse backgrounds are joining Palestinian residents in their ongoing protests against the evictions. Though these two communities live only minutes away from one another, this is often the first significant amount of time they have spent together.
Getting beyond the sensational headlines and broad generalizations that normally dominate discussions of Jerusalem, Home Front captures voices rarely heard, of those striving for a shared future in the city. Featuring the accounts of a Palestinian teenager forced to share his house with settlers, an American-born Israeli mother who gets drawn into the demonstrations after her children’s arrest, a Palestinian community organiser who brings local women to the forefront of the struggle, and a veteran of the Israeli army who becomes one of the campaign’s leaders. Home Front chronicles the resolve of a neighbourhood and the support it receives from the most unexpected of places .
Apartheid South Africa:
Imam and I. Khalid Shamis. 80 minutes. South Africa. 2011. Courtesy of the Director. Dr Mohammed Haron, son of Imam Haron, in attendance. Co-hosted with the Maru-a-Pula School History Department.
British-born filmmaker, Khalis Shamis, is a child of exiled parents, a Libyan father and South African mother, searching for the roots of his identity. He travels to Cape Town, carrying with him the haunting image of an influential figure in his life, his maternal grandfather Imam Abdullah Haron, a famous Muslim community leader and anti-apartheid icon, who was detained and died in the custody of apartheid security police in 1969. Following in his grandfather’s footsteps, Shamis tries to uncover within the memories of family, friends, members of the Imam’s community and even his jailers, a more complex and more honest portrait of this enigmatic, larger-than-life character. Weaving together interviews, archive footage, animation and live action, this carefully crafted film reveals the quiet triumphs and tragic truths behind the mythology of the struggle hero’s journey.
Tuesday 8 MAY 2012
Theme: Drama – War and human rights.
7.00 p.m. – 8.35 p.m.
A Screaming Man. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun. 92 minutes. France/Belgium/Chad. 2010. French and Arabic with English sub-titles. Courtesy of Gaborone Film Society (GFS).
In present-day Chad, Adam, in his 60s, is a pool attendant at a smart hotel in N’Djamena. The hotel is taken over by new Chinese owners and he is forced to give up his old job to his son Abdel. Consequently, he is resentful and feels socially humiliated. The country is at war. Rebel forces are attacking the government. The authorities demand that the people contribute to the ‘war effort’ by donating money or fighting as volunteers. The District Chief constantly harasses Adam for his contribution, but he is penniless and has only his son.
Winner: 2011, Jury Prize, RiverRun; 2010, Jury Prize, Cannes; 2010, Silver Hugo, Chicago International Film Festival; 2010, Muhr AsiaAfrica Award, Dubai International Film Festival.
Wednesday 9 May 2012
Theme: Teaching Fascism.
The Lesson Plan. Philip Neel and David Jeffrey. 76 minutes. USA. 2010. Courtesy of the Directors.Co-hosted with the Maru a Pula School History Department.
7.00 p.m. – 8.16 p.m.
In the spring of 1967, in Paulo Alto, California, a charismatic history teacher, Ron Jones, conducted a startling experiment with his class of 15 year olds, to demonstrate the German attraction to the Nazis. In a matter of days, the experiment began to get out of control, as those attracted to the movement became aggressive zealots. Within one week, 30 students grew to 200, as the Third Wave took on a life of its own, and the students unwittingly re-enacted the roots of the Third Reich. The Lesson Plan features interviews with the original students and teacher of the experiment.
Winner : 2011, Cine Golden Eagle Award;
2011, Jury Award, Best Documentary,
Chicago United Film Festival; 2011, Best
Documentary, United Film Festival; 2011,
Best Documentary, Kansas International
Thursday 10 May 2012
Theme: Freedom of speech.
7.00 p.m. – 8.25 p.m.
McLibel. Franny Armstrong and Ken Loach. 85 minutes. UK. 2005. Courtesy of Journeyman Pictures. Co-hosted with The Law Society of Botswana.
McDonald’s loved using the UK libel laws to suppress criticism. Major media organizations like the BBC and The Guardian crumbled and apologized. But then they sued gardener Helen Steel and postman Dave Morris. In the longest trial in English legal history, the “McLibel Two” represented themselves against McDonald’s £ 10 million legal team. Every aspect of the corporation’s business was cross-examined: from junk food and McJobs, to animal cruelty, environmental damage and advertising to children. Outside the courtroom, Dave brought up his young son alone and Helen supported herself working nights in a bar. McDonald’s tried every trick in the book against them. Legal manoeuvres. A visit from Ronald McDonal. Top executives flying to London for secret settlement negotiations. Even spies. Seven years later, in February 2005, the marathon legal battle finally concluded at the European Court of Human Rights. The result took everyone by surprise – especially the British Government. McLibel is not just about hamburgers. It is about the importance of freedom of speech now that multinational corporations are more powerful than countries. Filmed over ten (10) years by no-budget Director Franny Armstrong (The Age of Stupid), McLibel is the David and Goliath story of two people who refused to say sorry, and in so doing, changed the world.
Nominated: Best British Documentary, British Independent Film Award.
CLOSING SESSION AT MAITISONG
Friday 11 May 2012 FREE ENTRY!
Theme: Hip-Hop and Diamonds.
7.00 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.
BLING: A Planet Rock. Raquel Cepeda. 90 minutes. USA. 2007. Courtesy of Article 19 Films.Co-hosted with local Hip-Hop artists.
BLING focuses on the complex relationship between “blood diamonds”, conflict, the influence of Hip-Hop music and culture, and community development. Produced by VH1 Rock Docs, Article 19 Films and UNDP, the film features the participation of Hip-Hop artists from the US and Sierra Leone. The aim of the film is to raise a voice on behalf of the millions of diamond diggers and to help disadvantaged communities and entrepreneurs reach their full economic potential. BLING tries to encourage buying “clean” diamonds. The centre of the BLING story from Sierra Leone is UNDP’s “Diamonds for Development” initiative (D4D) which aims to accelerate development at the local level (firstly in the diamonds production zones) by supporting the local governance reform and proposing a new organisational scheme for diamonds production (including both small artisanal and international mining). The film features Kanye West, Jadakiss, Paul Wall and Raekwon from the Wu-Tang Clan and reggaeton idol Tego Calderon. During the filming in Sierra Leone in July 2006, hip-hop artists Paul Wall, and Tego Calderon visited diamond mines, refugee and amputee camps, as well as met children who were victims of the war. They learnt about the history of the “blood” diamonds trade and its role in wars across Africa. They were also introduced to initiatives such as the Kimberley Process, D4D, and the Diamonds Development Initiative (DDI – launched by Partnership Africa Canada, Global Witness and De Beers), the goal of which is to stabilise and regulate the clean diamond trade and enforce its role in development.