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Film Screenings

CGHR hosts termly screenings of films on the themes of governance and human rights, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers


'Unseen Enemy', 30 April 2018, 5PM, Fitzpatrick Hall, Queens' College

Q&A with the Director, Janet Tobias & CGHR research associate Dr Laurie Denyer Willis

Unseen Enemy poster


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Previous Film Screenings were:

'Chauka, please tell us the time', 16 January 2018

Film Screening 2

In collaboration with Amnesty International Cambridge City Group we were screening ’Chauka, please tell us the time’. The film gives an insight into life in the Australian off-shore detention centres for asylum seekers and refugees in Papua New Guinea. The film screening (90min) was followed by a Q&A with the film’s Director & Producer Arash Kavali Sarvestani.

Synopsis: Since 2013 the Australian Government has been incarcerating refugees and asylum seekers arriving by boat on Manus Island and Nauru. The Manus Island compound currently detains a refugee who is also a journalist. This individual strives to gather information for an Australian journalist visiting the island and who wants to publish an article in the press about events in the detention facility. At the center of his investigation is a solitary confinement cell called Chauka, which is like a prison inside the prison. Some of the detainees speak to the refugeejournalist about their horrific experiences in the camp -especially in Chauka. At the same time, the visiting Australian journalist is investigating what Chauka means for the local Manusians. It appears that Chauka is the name of a bird which can be found only on Manus Island; it is the symbol of the island and decorates its flag. She speaks to some of the locals. Both the detained journalist and the visiting Australian journalist critically analyse different aspects of the situation. We encounter first-hand experiences of what life inside the camp means, how it is governed, the political games between Australia and PNG on this matter, the way Manusians are treated by Australians, and the way locals think about the existence of the camp on their island.

Arash Kamali Sarvestani is an Iranian Dutch Filmmaker and Video Artist. Arash was born in Tehran, Iran on 1981. He has studied Cinema at the Art University of Tehran. In 2009 he moved to the Netherlande to study Video Art in Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. He graduated in 2013 and has been living in The Netherlands since then. During a workshop in 2015, Arash came up with the idea of making a film from inside a refugee camp, using only mobile phone cameras. After two years of investigation into refugees kept by the Australian government in Manus and Nauru, Arash found Behrooz Boochani who was (and still is) detained in Manus camp. Arash’s first feature film “Chauka, Please tell us the time” is a result of their cooperation.


Things of the Aimless Wanderer


Followed by Q&A with Director Kiev Ruhorahoza, Piotr Cieplak (expert on Rwandan film and photography)and Dr Andrea Grant (Centre of African Studies and the Centre of Governance & Human Rights, Cambridge), 22 October 2016

As part of the 15th Cambridge African Film Festival, the Centre of Governance and Human Rights is sponsoring the screening of “Things of the Aimless Wanderer”, a provoking film that weaves together a series of encounters between an African woman and a variety of male figures – from a 19th-century explorer to a contemporary Western journalist to a Rwandan working for a shadowy surveillance agency. As each encounter leads to a disappearance, Ruhorahoza offers a scathing, if at times cryptic, indictment of continuing objectification and misapprehensions between “locals” and “Westerners”.

Enemies of the people

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Followed by a Q&A with Co-Director Rob Lemkin, 2 December 2015

One of the most harrowing and compelling personal documentaries of our time, Enemies of the People exposes for the first time the truth about the Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge who were behind Cambodia's horrific genocide. More than just an inquiry into Cambodia’s experience, however, Enemies of the People is a profound meditation on the nature of good and evil, shedding light on the capacity of some people to do terrible things and for others to forgive them.

Winner of a dozen top documentary festival awards, including a Special Jury Prize at Sundance and the Grand Jury Award at the Full Frame Documentary Festival, this is a riveting film that takes audiences as close to witnessing evil as they are ever likely to get. It is also a personal journey into the heart of darkness by journalist/filmmaker Thet Sambath, whose family was wiped out in the Killing Fields, but whose patience and discipline elicits unprecedented on-camera confessions from perpetrators at all levels of the Khmer Rouge hierarchy. This is investigative journalism of the highest order.

Previous screenings

Kashmir's Torture Trail - Jezza Neumann (Wednesday 29 April 2015)

Kashmir poster


The Awra Amba Experience - Paulina Tervo and Serdar Ferit (Tuesday 3 February 2015)

Awra Amba poster


We Are Many - Amir Amirani (Friday 14 November 2014) 

We Are many poster