Event: EDIC Nicosia’s Open-Air Summer Film Festival (24-27 June 2015, Nicosia)

Open-Air Summer Film Festival
Dates: June 24-27, 2015
Location: Home for Cooperation, UN Buffer Zone, Nicosia

The Europe Direct Information Centre (EDIC), Nicosia is organising an ‘Open-Air Summer Film Festival’ from the 24-27th June 2015, at the Home for Cooperation in the UN Buffer Zone, Nicosia

Join us for a celebration of film and debate, with addresses from key-note speakers and insight from young film-makers. Each of the festival’s four nights will explore one current EU topic which affects our everyday lives

The films, which are in various languages, will all be screened with English subtitles. Entrance is free and open to all!


Day 1, Wednesday 24 June: Immigration and Refugee Rights
20:00 – Arrival
20:15 – Film Screening – ‘Xenos’
20:35 – Panel Discussion
Discussants: Tegiye Birey, Public Information Officer and Çiçek Göçkün, Member of the Governing Board, (Refugee Rights Associaton), Doros Polykarpou (KISA)
Chair: Nadia Kornioti, Outreach and Development Associate, AHDR
20:40 – Film Screening – ‘On the Bride’s Side’

Xenos (UK, Denmark, Greece 2013)
by Patrick Campbell
A group of young men flee from the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon to Greece, a place of projected hopes and paradise rolled into one. Their dreams are soon stifled by a brutal reality that only permits a hand-to-mouth existence as Greece is undergoing economic, political, and social collapse.

On The Bride’s Side (Netherlands 2014)
by Antonio Augugliaro  (to be confirmed)
A Palestinian poet and an Italian journalist meet five Palestinians and Syrians in Milan, all of whom entered Europe via the Italian island of Lampedusa. They decide to help them complete their journey to Sweden – and hopefully avoid getting themselves arrested as traffickers – by faking a wedding. Venice Film Festival 2014 Winner

Day 2, Thursday 25 June 2015: Social Inclusion and Human Rights
20:00 Arrival
20:15 Film Screening – ‘Beyond Borders’
20:40 Film Screening – ‘Azza’
21:00 Panel Discussion
Discussants: Mertkan Hamit, Activist, (Famagusta Initiative and Famagusta Youth Center), Mustafa Öngün, Activist, (Famagusta Initiative and MAGEM), Georgina Christou, PhD Candidate, Social Anthropology (University of Sussex), Filiz Bilen, Activist
Chair: Yaprak Aydın, Communications Officer, Home for Cooperation
22:00 Film Screening – ‘My Child’

Beyond Borders (Iraq, Uzbekistan, Morocco, Belgium 2009)
by Brecht Vanmeirhaeghe
Three unique lives, one universal story; a strong poetical mosaic narration representing the lives of three people that try to build a life in Belgium, ignoring the dividing lines of countries and people alike.

Azza (Netherlands 2010)
by Saskia Gubbels
The story of twelve-year old Azza who is brought within an Islamic culture.  She went to a primary school where girls wear headscarves and are taught separately from boys. What will be her experience when she joins the Amsterdam Lyceum after the summer?

My Child (Turkey 2013)
by Can Candan
A groundbreaking film introduces a courageous and inspiring group of mothers and fathers in Turkey, who are parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. As LGBT individuals fight against stereotypes and the common refrain “homosexuality is not part of our culture”, these families have not only gone through the process of accepting their children for who they are personally, but have taken the next step: to share their experiences with other LGBT families and the public.
Winner of 10 international awards in 2013.

Day 3, Friday 26 June: Crisis and Austerity 
20:00 Presentation
Presentation by and discussion with Renos Gavris, Writer and Director of Austerity.
20:30 Film Screening – ‘Catastroika’

Catastroika (Greece 2012)
by Aris Chatzistephanou
This documentary uncovers the forthcoming results of the current sell-off of the Greek public assets, demanded in order to face the country’s enormous sovereign debt.Turning to the examples of London, Paris, Berlin, Moscow and Rome, Catastroika predicts what will happen, if the model imposed in these areas is imported in a country under international financial tutelage.

Day 4, Saturday 27 June: Extremism 
20:00 Arrival
20:15 Film Screening – ‘Wrong Time Wrong Place’

Wrong Time Wrong Place
(Netherlands 2012)
by John Appel
This moving documentary interviews victims of the 2011 massacre in Oslo and Utoya, Norway. Those who survived gunman Anders Breivik’s rampage, question how the hand of fate kept them safe while so many others perished.

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