January 28, 2014 · 8:00 PM
Join us for a special screening of To Shoot an Elephant, part of our Movies that Matter film series featuring some of the most engaging and dynamic films about human rights. We have selected the most relevant, topical and generally interesting films from the programme of The Movies that Matter Foundation, an initiative of Amnesty International that organises wide-ranging film programmes in which human rights take centre stage.
So come along, watch a movie and learn about human rights issues. We look forward to seeing you there!
To Shoot an Elephant
Alberto Arce / Mohammed Rujailah
What is it like to live in the Gaza Strip, an area of about 140 square miles that is home to one and a half million Palestinians? Unemployment is high and almost half the population is under fourteen year. In 'To Shoot an Elephant' director Alberto Arce zooms in on life in Gaza, which is occupied by Israel. As a member of the International Solidarity Movement, one of the few aid organisations that is still active in the Gaza Strip, Arce was filming there late 2008 and early 2009, when fighting between Israel and Hamas intensified. Approximately 1,300 civilians were killed in the hostilities and air attacks that took place during that period. Arce was one of the few foreign journalists that witnessed the shelling from within the Gaza Strip. The filmmaker turns his camera on the ambulance personnel. They take the dead and wounded off the street, putting their own lives on the line. When they try to shelter a corpse, they get fired at.
Documentary, Video, C
Spoken language: Arabic, English
Official website: http://www.toshootanelephant.com
Awards:Best director award - Florence’s Festival dei Popoli 2009 Golden Butterfly
Amnesty International’s A Matter of ACT Award for the best documentary - Movies that Matter Festival 2010