“All suffering is the result of wrong perceptions”
– Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh
Documentary films can create strong narratives about causes and dynamics of conflicts, which can have both good and bad consequences. In “The Self-Critical Room” we explore the possibilities and challenges that arise when documentaries interpret violent conflicts. Is the filmmaker a witness or an agitator? Can documentary films provoke and change conflict dynamics – perhaps even function as a tool for peacebuilding?
We explore these questions during the filmfestilval Human:
Documentary as a Tool for Peacebuilding?
We include several filmmakers who are guests at the festival, which will discuss how the documentary film affects and have the ability to change dynamics in conflict:
- Zaradahst Ahmed, director of Nowhere to Hide.
- Paco de Onís, producer of 500 Years.
- Femke van Velzen, director and producer in IFproductions.
- Hilde Frafjord Johnson, UN special rapporteur on South Sundan, author, politician and diplomat.
Moderated by Øystein H. Rolandsen and Jacob Høigilt, the PRIO Centre on Culture and Violent Conflict.