Screening Violence Project: Lettre á ma soeur + discussion (Free Event)

7:30 PM 31st March 2023 Ranfurly House

Dungannon Film Club presents the Algerian documentary Lettre á ma soeur (2006), about women's rights in Algeria and among the Berber people. Part of the international project Screening Violence.

The screening will be of Lettre a ma soeur (Letter to My Sister), a documentary in which the filmmaker returns to the Berber region of Algeria known as Kabylia, to the places where her sister Nabila lived and worked, campaigning for women's rights - for which Islamist terrorists murdered her during the Algerian civil conflict of the 1990s. The film includes testimony from those who knew Nabila and reflects not just on the 1990s conflict but on the ongoing marginalisation of Berbers by the Arab-dominated Algerian state in the years since. Lettre a ma soeur (2008), Directed by Habiba Djahnine. Duration 68 mins with English subtitles.

The film will be followed by an optional 1-hour discussion.

The film is part of the Screening Violence project. Screening Violence is an international project, led by the University of Newcastle in partnership with Ulster University, which looks at how conflict has been represented in film in Algeria, Colombia, Indonesia, Argentina and Northern Ireland. In each partner country, interested groups and individuals will watch a series of films about the conflicts in each of the other countries. After the screenings there will be an opportunity to discuss the film, the issues that it throws up and the relevance to our own local views and experiences. These reactions and reflections will be recorded to create a series of new short films and to look at what we might learn from each other around the memory, depiction and legacy of conflict and peacebuilding. The project in Northern Ireland is led by Professor Brandon Hamber of Ulster University, in partnership with the Dungannon Film Club. For information contact [email protected] The screening is free and open to anyone to attend.

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