White Flags Film Screening and Discussion
06.30pm, Thursday 5, February 2015
White Flags is a film by Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research Leadership Fellow, Professor Caroline Rooney, and Rita Sakr.
Based on extensive fieldwork and research in Lebanon, White Flags is a work based on filmed portraits of individual Lebanese citizens from different backgrounds reflecting on their respective trust-building initiatives.
The documentary explores current issues in Lebanon relating to conflictual post-war memory, ideological and sectarian divisions, socio-economic problems, and peacebuilding initiatives by individuals and organisations who seek to actively intervene in their society and rebuild trust amid the challenges and dangers of ongoing crises. It conceptually and artistically explores the importance of white flags in a country where the national flag has oftentimes had its significance stolen and where the variously coloured flags of embattled political parties have heightened tensions and divisions.
The film features interviews with psychoanalyst Chawki Azouri, journalist Jeanine Jalkh, president of ‘Memory for the Future’ association Amal Makarem, and artists-activists Raouf Rifai and Aurelien Zouki. It was completed with the participation of cinematographer and second unit director Johnny Hchaime and the production management team at The Media Trust, London. It was funded by Research Councils UK.
The screening will be followed by a discussion on psychoanalysis, activism, trust-building and memory work led by Professor Rooney and Dr Julia Borossa.
To purchase tickets for the event visit the Freud Museum website.
Advance booking is highly recommended.