Life on both sides of the lens

By Anna Schwoub
August 6, 2013

The European Parliament and the Lux Prize have partnered with Just Festival to bring to screen four films that were contenders for the prize in previous years.

All the screenings will take place in Edinburgh's Filmhouse, and they tackle some pretty hard hitting issues in thoughtful, imaginative and provocative ways.

They include a look at the human reality of being designated an 'illegal' in a world increasingly unfriendly towards migrants, negotiating prison culture, and people power in the shadow of questionable elections.

The remaining fiims show as follows:

8 August 2013 at 18:00
Olivier Masset-Depasse
Belgium France Luxemburg 2010 • 1h35m
French/English subtitles
Tania has been living illegally in Belgium with her 14 year old son. Refused asylum from Russia she lives in constant fear of being caught.
Q&A with Liz Leonard

15 August 2013 at 18:00
R: hit first, hit hardest
Michael Noer, Tobias Lindholm
Denmark 2010 • 1h36m
Danish/English subtitles
R has been sent to prison for violent assault. Determined to stay out of harm's way, he faces the challenge of navigating prison culture.
Q&A with Alex Dunedin

22 August 2013 at 18:00
Kalinovski Square
Yury Khashchavatski
Belarus/Estonia 2007 • 1h27m
Belarussian/English subtitles
A documentary exploring the demonstrations on Kalinovski Square after the elections on 19 March 2006 in Belarus.
Q&A with Dr Alan G. Flowers

The Just Festival, also known simply as Just, runs from 2-26 August 2013. It is based at St John's Church (Princes Street and Lothian Road) and some 27 other venues, and combines artistic and performance style events with conversations, talks, films exhibits and other ways of exploring how to live together creatively in a mixed-belief society.

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© Anna Schwoub is a writer and academic from Northumbria specialising in the link between culture, religion and social change.


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