HRHW Friday: GOD LOVES UGANDA / ART/VIOLENCE / RETURN TO HOMS / NARCO CULTURA @Victoria Kino

Tonight we will be screening GOD LOVES UGANDA (17.15), ART/VIOLENCE (17.45), RETURN TO HOMS (20.15) and NARCO CULTURA (20.30). Read more about the films below.


GOD LOVES UGANDA – 17.15

Panel debate with Gerald Sentongo (SMUG), Niels Jacob Harbitz (ILPI), and Jan Bjarne Sødal (LLH), moderated by Catharina Bu (Fellesrådet for Afrika – Norwegian Council for Africa

Presented in collaboration with LLH, Fellesrådet for
Afrika og Uganda Association

Uganda has become the promised land for many evangelical Christians. American evangelical organizations are attempting to eliminate “sexual sin” in Uganda, effectively spreading hate and dehumanizing sexual minorities in a country that is on the brink of passing a devastating anti-gay law. Since the film was released the law has been passed in parliament.

Uganda har blitt “det lovede land” for mange evangeliske kristne og de samler derfor kreftene for å gjøre landet rent for “seksuell synd”. I virkeligheten er de med på å spre hat og oppfordre til alvorlig diskriminering i et land som er på vei til å lovfeste kriminalisering, og i verste fall livstidsstraff for homofile.


ART/VIOLENCE – 17.30

Q&A with Directors Batoul Taleb and Mariam Abu Khaled after the film

“We have to stand up again on our feet – we are now living on our knees” -Juliano Mer-Khamis, the founder of The Freedom Theatre in Jenin, Palestine.

The occupation of Palestine is not just an occupation of land; it’s an occupation of culture and identity. Juliano Mer-Khamis was assassinated in 2011. This film is a tribute to him, and shows us the power theater and art can have in giving oppressed people agency, power, and meaning.

Denne filmen viser hvilken betydning teater og kunst har for å styrke identitet og overlevelse hos et undertrykket folk. Juliano Mer-Khamis, grunnleggeren av Jenin Freedom Theatre, ble drept i 2011. Filmen er en hyllest til ham, laget av to av hans studenter sammen med en tidligere kollega og venn.


RETURN TO HOMS — 20.15

Introduction by Sverre Lodgaard (NUPI) and
Lina Sinjab (BBC)

Did we do the right thing? Filmed between August 2011 and August 2013, this is a remarkable and intimate portrait of a group of young men in the city of Homs in Syria. They dream of removing Bashar al-Assad from power, and fight for justice through peaceful demonstrations. As the army acts ever more brutally, the young men become armed insur- gents. Basset, a charismatic football player and popular singer, becomes a militia leader. Scenes of lively demonstrations make way for panicking civilians, grim battles, and rising numbers of fallen loved ones.

Et veldig sterkt vitnesbyrd fra innsiden av krigen i Syria. Vi følger Basset, en karismatisk ung fotballspiller og sanger, fra å lede fredelige demonstrasjoner til å bli leder av en lokal væpnet militia.


NARCO CULTURA – 20.30

Introduction and Q&A by Alfredo Corchado and
Benedicte Bull. Presented in collaboration with Norwegian Latin America Research Network – NorLARNet.

The violence connected to Mexican drug cartels is so massive and invasive, and the death rate so high that it’s changing the cultural fibre of society. The hugely popular music form called narcocorridos, like gangster rap in the USA, makes heroes of the mafia leaders and glorifies violence.

Den mexicanske krigen mot narkokartellene har gjort deler av Mexico til noen av de farligste stedene å være på kloden. Volden er så massiv og invaderende at den endrer kulturen. Musikkformen narcocorridos har blitt svært populær. På samme måte som den nord-amerikanske gangsterrap’en skaper den helter av mafialederne.


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