Welcome to Cine-ONU 2013, our sixth year of bringing gripping, passionate and highly acclaimed documentaries on global issues to our enthusiastic and loyal Cine-ONU supporters.
The year began with the screening of "Last Days of the Arctic", which focused on the impact of climate change on people living in the Arctic. The film was followed by a Q&A session with Mr. Ragnar Axelsson, the freelance photographer who featured in the film.
On 5th February CINE-ONU celebrated the European Year of Active Ageing by screening "Ping Pong", set in the cut-throat world of over-80's international table tennis , in the presence of the director, Hugh Hartford.
In "Traces of Trade", screened in April, producer and director Katrina Browne tells the story of her forefathers, the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history, and came from the US to speak at the event.
In May, over 600 people attended the screening of "LoveMEATender", an informative documentary about the meat industry. Dr Jane Goodall, UN Messenger of Peace, was present to answer questions about meat consumption and sustainable development.
Our second film for May tackled the issue of increased pressure of time despite all our technological innovations. "Speed – in search of lost time" was screened in partnership with the One World Film Festival.
In June, CINE-ONU in partnership with the Millenium Film Festival, screened "Law of the Jungle", a documentary on ecocide and indigenous rights in Peru in the presence of the director, Michael Christoffersen.
"Searching for Sugar Man", an Academy Award winning film about hope, inspiration and the resonating power of music was the perfect choice for Mandela Day on 18 July, with the songs of Rodriguez providing the backdrop and inspiration for the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa.
In September, special guest Her Royal Highness Princess Laurentien, of the Netherlands, UNESCO Special Envoy on Literacy for Development, introduced “Girl Rising” to mark the International Day of Literacy.
“Bag It” was our choice for October, a film that follows "everyman" Jeb Berrier around our plastic world to discover that virtually everything in modern society-from baby bottles, to sports equipment, to dental sealants, to personal care products-is made with plastic or contains potentially harmful chemical additives used in the plastic-making process.
To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, we screened “No Burqas Behind Bars”. Thakhar Prison. 40 women. 34 children. Four cells. No burqas. With unprecedented access to this rarely, if ever seen world, director Nima Sarvestani, follows the lives of some of the 40 women who are serving time for ‘moral crimes’. Their sentences range up to 15 years for leaving abusive husbands, refusing to consent to arranged marriages, or falling in love with men that their families deem unsuitable.
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