PANEL DEBATE introducing the screening of 500 Years.
“All suffering is the result of wrong perceptions”
– Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh
Documentary films can create strong narratives about causes and dynamics of conflicts, which can have both good and bad consequences. In “The Self-Critical Room” we explore the possibilities and challenges that arise when documentaries interpret violent conflicts. Is the filmmaker a witness or an agitator? Can documentary films provoke and change conflict dynamics – perhaps even function as a tool for peacebuilding?
We explore these questions in two events during the festival:
Documentary as a Tool for Peacebuilding? Sunday March 11th: we include several filmmakers who are guests at the festival, which will discuss how the documentary film affects and have the ability to change dynamics in conflict:
Panel: Zaradahst Ahmed, director of Nowhere to Hide. Paco de Onís, producer of 500 Years. Femke van Velzen, director and producer in IFproductions. Hilde Frafjord Johnson, UN special rapporteur on South Sundan, author, politician and diplomat.
Narrativer om konflikt, thursday March 8th, : Roy Krøvel, Jacob Høigilt and Øystein Rolandsen will present short talks about the struggle for history and truth and how culture and conflict are connected, illustrated with movie clips. The event will be in Norwegian.