Sri Lanka war on film and Ai Weiwei on stage
Two interesting events coming up. First, on 23 April, there's a screening of No Fire Zone, the culmination of an investigation which has included two award-winning Channel 4 documentaries: Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields (screened in June 2011) and Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields: War Crimes Unpunished (screened in March 2012), which last month won the Peabody Award in the US.
It describes itself as "a devastating indictment" of the men responsible for war crimes at the end of the civil war and "an exposé of the failure of the international community to prevent this catastrophe."
A screening of the film, before its final completion, in front of diplomats and national delegations at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva last month has been credited with influencing the UN vote calling for accountability in Sri Lanka.
The second event is a performance of controversial British playright Howard Brenton's play at the Hampstead Theatre, #aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiiwei, that is being streamed at 7.30pm on 19 April.
"Hampstead Theatre goes global", procalims the venue. The man himself says, "It will bring the play's theme of art and society, freedom of speech and openness, the individual and the state, to a new broad and receptive global audience. Without freedom of speech, there is no modern world - just a barbaric one..."
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