In Cinemas March 31

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Screening at The Everyman, Hampstead.

There will be a special screening of Shooting Dogs tonight at The Everyman in Hampstead (North London).

The evening will be hosted by Geoffrey Robertson QC, who is founder and head of Doughty Street Chambers. He was recently appointed to the Appeals Chamber of the UN Special Court for Sierra Leone.

Also in attendance will be Steve Crawshaw; the UK Director of Human Rights Watch, Oona King; who founded the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the Great Lakes Region and Genocide Prevention, Elizabeth Wilmshurst and a representative from the Rwandan Embassy in London.

I’ll be there to get a full report on the evening and place a posting soon on how it all went.

11 Comments:

At 12:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand where the hate comes from?

 
At 12:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this wasc the saddest film i have probably having aditional reasonace being a black man

perfectly pitched with the the scences of violence providing a neccesary counterpoint to the goings on

 
At 1:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wonderful film. As a human rights lawyer in the united kingdom it gave an insight to the atrocities and also a greater understanding of victims.

j obaseki
obaseki solicitors

 
At 1:25 PM, Anonymous Lena said...

Congratulations, a deeply moving and necessary film. Firstly, I think the violence was too explicit at some points, but "it does not exist, if its not on tv", does it?
Secondly, what I was wondering about is, where was the political elite of that time? I mean, also after 1945 there were high Nazi officials in the Christian Democratic Party because they were needed. But back to the film, thirdly, some of the scenes and images were shot in exact the same way as it was done in "Hotel Rwanda". Why is that? Finally, I was wondering when a film with the unpriviledged Rwandese as main actors will be made, that shows much smaller and much more concrete perspective?

 
At 1:28 PM, Anonymous Greg said...

Really well put together. It must have been very difficult to convey the horror of Rwanda in 1994 without creating an unwatchable film. The storylines are really good and manage to allow a sliver of humanity and hope to cut thrrough the dark misery of one of the worst crimes of the 20th century. Outstanding.

 
At 1:30 PM, Anonymous GL said...

astounding, I have read about the genocide and seen the pictures but this film truly made clear to me the human emotion, feeling and utter horror of what happened. it was exceptionaly powerful.

 
At 1:46 PM, Anonymous john said...

this was an incredibly powerful film. There is so much more that needs to be done in the world - but where does one begin?

What is clear is that everyone can make a difference and it doesn't matter how small it it is - we can make a difference. I encourage everyone to watch this film and to be involved and not ignore what happened then as the media did back in April of 1994

John

 
At 1:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great film portraying moral dilemmas and human nature in its extremes. The title of this film says it all - governments and policies nowadays would rather have soldiers kill dogs than people senselessly murdering other people with machetes. The sense of powerlessness is pervasive. Oona King comments on doing something 'within your sphere', such as writing your MP a letter. No wonder people want to bury their heads - these are dark times indeed.

 
At 2:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it increasingly problematic with films that deal with real atrocities, to assess the value of the filmmaking as distinct from the subject matter. The latter, of course, is deeply affecting and needs to be exposed and brought to the surface of debate, which in turn speaks for the value of the film itself. An achievement, if only to be a catalyst for further discussion.

 
At 10:44 AM, Anonymous david belton said...

Hi Lena,

I wanted to respond to your comments - thanks for taking the trouble to write.
Violence. I always felt that it was important that we showed the violence to the extent that we made people understand what kind of genocide this was - how it actually happened. Luckily we were in the hands of a very skilled director who made sure, I believe, that the violence was handled carefully. What we didn't want to have happen was the situation that exists in Hotel Rwanda where you would be hard pushed to know what was happening outside the hotel gates. That seemed to all of us to be the wrong way to go. But I accept that of course for some people it's quite tough to take - but those are the reasons.
The political elite was there - orchestrating the genocide and we represented that by the character of Sibomana.
I have to say I am surprised you think the scenes were shot in the same way as Hotel Rwanda. I couldn't disagree more! Michael has his own vision of a film and the film has very much his style of filmmaking all over it. He's a hugely talented guy who made absolutely certain that the image on the screen was uniquely the film's. Plus, we shot ours in Rwanda whereas Hotel Rwanda shot theirs in South Africa and I think the differences - and crucially the authenticity - are plain to see. That's a view that has been expressed by many who have seen both films.
We've started a small scholarship fund in Rwanda for members of our crew to make their first film. We're hopeful that this will encourage more Rwandan filmmakers to get going and capitalise on the skills they have learnt working with us.

 
At 11:32 AM, Blogger yellowmoon said...

looks good ill go see it,dave of www.beingahuman.blogspot.com says

 

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