Document Human Rights Film Festival Scottish Youth Theatre, Glasgow November 30 to December 2
Human rights film festival Document is screening 11 Scottish premieres, as well as holding workshops and discussions with leading international filmmakers.
Held from November 30 until December 2 at the Scottish Youth Theatre in Glasgow, themes explored at this 16th edition of the festival include who gets to write history, the role of archival films in collective memorymaking and how filmmaking informs culture.
Partially recovered and restored elements will be shown from an archive made by the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) film unit around the time of the Six Day War in 1967, footage thought to have been destroyed by the Israeli Army.
Around the same time as the PLO unit was operating, filmmaker Ateyyat El Abnoudy was beginning work on her multi-award-winning Horse Of Mud, the first documentary made by an Egyptian woman and the first of 20 or so documentaries she would go on to make.
A pioneer of female movie making in Egypt and the Middle East, Abnoudy, who died in October this year, will be honoured at this year’s festival. Further highlights include the Scottish premiere of Chaos, Sara Fattahi’s meditation on the war in Syria as experienced by three women living in different cities, and the extraordinary Yama – Attack to Attack, a Japanese film made in 1985 depicting the attempts of unionised labourers to take on the corruption of the yakuza. Two months after directors Mitsuo Sato and Kyoichi Yamaoka began filming, they had both been murdered.
Also featuring is Bernadett Tuza-Ritter’s modern-day slavery documentary, A Woman Captured, and Silence Is A Falling Body, Augustina Comedi’s portrait of her late father and the repressive climate of 1980s Argentina.