Doc­u­ment Hu­man Rights Film Fes­ti­val Scot­tish Youth The­atre, Glas­gow Novem­ber 30 to De­cem­ber 2

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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.

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