Middle East

A Sense of Civic Responsibility

'A Sense of Civic Responsibility' focuses on how individuals try to build a civil society when the state systems have collapsed.

Screenings will be introduced by the directors and followed by a panel discussion and Q&A

Panel Chair: Ian Black, Middle East Editor, The Guardian

Panel Members: Wael Kadlo, Director, Wound; Joanne Cecil, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers

475, documentary

Image copyright Amina Filali
Image caption '475' is based on the 2012 case of Amina Filali. This feature-length documentary investigates article 475 of the Moroccan penal code, which dismisses a rapist of his charges if he marries his victim.
Image copyright Nadir Bouhmouch
Image caption Nadir Bouhmouch

In March 2012, Amina Filali, a 16 year-old Moroccan girl, accused a young man in her village of rape. Authorities in Morocco failed to investigate Filali's accusations. This resulted in Amina being married to her perpetrator due to a citation from article 475. This particular citation dismisses a rapist of his charges if he marries his victim. A year later, Amina swallowed rat poison, walked into the village market and died. Her case and ensuing death dominated the Moroccan and international media. Through this story, 475 explores the legal, political, religious and social issues that plague Moroccan women, chipping away at the facade of equality that disguises a deep-seated patriarchal system.

Director: Nadir Bouhmouch is an award-winning Moroccan filmmaker and activist. His first film, My Makhzen & Me (2012), documented the pro-democracy February 20th Movement, in which he was an active participant. With group of filmmakers, Nadir leads a campaign against film regulation and censorship in his home country.

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Media captionBased on the 2012 case of Amina Filali, this documentary investigates article 475 of the Moroccan penal code, which dismisses a rapist of his charges if he marries his victim.

Dr Qasem, citizen journalism

Image copyright Amal Salloum
Image caption 'Dr. Qasem' is a portrait of a medical doctor who, between 2011 and 2013, worked clandestinely to help the wounded in Homs.

A portrait of a man working at the height of political upheaval in rural Homs. For the last two years, Dr. Qasem Al-Zein took the responsibility of clandestinely treating the wounded: first in his city of Al-Qusair's field hospital, and then by co-ordinating medical assistance in improvised settings. In the midst of the ongoing turbulence, far from the mass media's focus on spectacular incidents, he supported the people on the streets by providing care they could not get elsewhere. By June 2013, he was forced to flee himself, but not without arranging for the wounded to also be helped.

Director: Amal Salloum is a Syrian citizen journalist who has made a number of tv reports about the ongoing revolution there.

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Media caption'Dr. Qasem' is a portrait of a medical doctor who, between 2011 and 2013, worked clandestinely to help the wounded in Homs.

Wound, citizen journalism

Image copyright Wael Kadlo
Image caption 'Wound' presents a personal yet politically relevant testimony of an intensive care nurse working in Damascus at the beginning of the uprising.
Image copyright Wael Kadlo
Image caption Wael Kadlo

Wound presents a personal yet politically relevant testimony of an intensive care nurse working in Damascus at the beginning of the uprising. Working with a group of medics alongside activists, she makes her way into fighting zones to stealthily help the wounded. Her taxing daily experience merges psychological trauma, physical danger and political determination towards a people's Syria. Despite the fears and horrors she faces on a daily basis, in this short film director Wael Kadlo relays her emotional resolve and her unyielding strength to use her skill to help her countrymen.

Director: Wael Kadlo is an aspiring documentary maker. He worked as a director's assistant on the feature length documentary Butterflies Roaming Around the Light. Between 2012 and 2013 he directed two of his own short films, Wound and Exciting Day. He is currently working on his own feature length documentary, Home's Road.

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Media caption'Wound' presents a personal yet politically relevant testimony of an intensive care nurse working in Damascus at the beginning of the uprising.

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