Europe Direct Information Center Nicosia organized a movie screening “Facing the Dragon” on 13 December 2019, Friday at 19:00 at the Home for Cooperation on the occasion of Human Rights Day.
The screening was followed by a panel discussion with the participation of Zelia Gregoriou and Yetin Arslan and a live performance by the Amalgamation Choir and a reception.
During the panel, the role of observatory cinema was discussed drawing attention to how it gives voice to people reflecting real life struggles.
Human Rights Day is commemorated every year on 10 December as it is the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
In the movie Facing the Dragon, the filmmaker Sedika Mojadidi joins two awe-inspiring women on the front lines in Afghanistan: Nilofar, a successful doctor-turned-member of parliament, driven in her mission to secure peace and well-being for women; and Shakila, a top investigative journalist committed to exposing the truth about what is happening in her troubled country. Under increasing threats of violence, these two women are forced to choose between their sense of duty and love for Afghanistan, and the safety of their families.
Winner of the 2018 Human Rights Watch Film Festival Nestor Almendros award for courage in filmmaking.
The event was organised in collaboration with the Home for Cooperation, Association for Historical Dialogue and Research, Embassy of the Netherlands, European Commission Representation in Cyprus and The Home Café.