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13 09 2018

Information warfare and activism as the essential topics of “Inconvenient Films”

“Inconvenient Films”, an international human rights documentary film festival, presents a programme which was formed as a reaction towards relevant social, political and environmental phenomena in Lithuania and around the world. This year the festival starts on October 4, and throughout October it is going to travel to twelve Lithuanian cities where the best documentary films are going to be screened and the most inconvenient topics discussed. As always, a ticket to a movie of “Inconvenient Films” is a voluntary donation from €0.01.

“The Earth isn’t flat” – a seemingly obvious statement – is the slogan of this year’s festival. What does it say? It tells us that we live in a time when we have to reassert what seems to be completely evident, e.g. that respect for human rights should be pivotal for every community and the safety of all societies. Other important slogans – “Falsehood isn’t freedom of speech”, “Violence isn’t upbringing”, “Harassment isn’t flirt”, “Migration isn’t invasion” and “Poverty isn’t a decision” – will focus on very specific and widely discussed topics, such as disinformation, child abuse, sexual harassment, threats concerning migration and depiction of poverty as a problem of the poor”. (Justė Zavišaitė, executive director)

As the phenomenon of fake news is getting more and more problematic, the cyber war is raging and the extent of disinformation is developing, credible news sources are becoming extremely difficult to find. “Inconvenient Films” is inviting you to get more acquainted with these facts, become more observant and try to distinguish false material. A special programme in the festival called “Post-propaganda: from conspiracy theories to fake news” will portray the aforementioned problems; the programme was arranged by Konrad Wirkowski, the art director of the documentary film festival “Watch Docs” (Poland).

Another special programme “Activism” includes five movies about extraordinary individuals who advocate human rights by means of their work, ideas and lifestyle. In order to compile this programme, the festival collaborated with European Parliament Liaison Office in Lithuania, which, together with the photographers’ association “Magnum Photos”, will present a photo exhibition “They Defend our Freedoms”. The exhibition is dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Also, a discussion with Russian dissidents will be held.

More than fifty documentary films are divided into seven programmes. Traditionally, the most poignant and innovative films of debut directors will participate in a competition; the most compelling documentaries are included in the programme “Panorama”; environmental topics will be analysed in the “Green” programme; finally, students will be invited to watch movies of the programme “Films that help you grow”, which deals with relevant problems of the peers. Documentary will dive into behind the scenes of armed conflicts and investigate why people desire being wealthy and praised; it will observe the members of jihadist groups, a woman who is a victim of modern slavery and a Nazi member’s journey to presidency. The programme will also try to disclose various unsolved crimes. This year the programme was compiled by Narius Kairys, Vladas Rožėnas, Austė Zdančiūtė and Dovilė Grigaliūnaitė. The competition programme will be assessed by an international jury: Wieland Speck, a film director and one of the compilers of “Panorama”, a programme of “Berlinale”; Konrad Wirkowski, the art director of the film festival “Watch Docs”; Dominic Gagnon, a Canadian film director; Barbara Wurum, a lecturer, film critic and film programmer; and Diana Tabakov, one of the directors of the documentary film platform “Doc Alliance Films”.

Discussions – a distinct feature of “Inconvenient Films” – will invite those who are concerned with human rights not to rush home after film screenings and stay a bit longer. In collaboration with the Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights, the festival will discuss the prevention of domestic violence, “#MeToo” movement in Lithuania, workplace discrimination and universal basic income.

“Inconvenient Films” is going to take place October 4-14 in Vilnius, and, throughout the month, until October 28, it will travel to twelve Lithuanian cities. For the programme and tickets, please visit www.nepatoguskinas.lt/en.