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Tim Hetherington Society Film Festival

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Date and time:

Monday 1 to Wednesday 10 February 2016




Free to attend. Guests are welcome.

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The Tim Hetherington Society Committee would like to invite LMH students, alumni and friends of the college to a series of film screenings and discussions in college starting the week of 1 February 2016. Below are details of four events. If you would like to attend, please email events@lmh.ox.ac.uk
Tell Spring Not to Come This Year (2015)
With Director Saeed Taji Farouky
Monday 1 February 2016
6.30pm - 9.30pm
Simpkins Lee Theatre

Tell Spring Not to Come This Year follows one unit of the Afghan National Army over the course of their first year of deployment in Helmand without NATO support. It is an intimate film about the human side of combat, told from a largely unheard and misrepresented perspective, that explores the deep personal motivations and struggles of a band of fighting men on the front line. Without a NATO soldier in sight, and no narrative but their own, this is the war in Afghanistan, through the eyes of the Afghans who live it.
The evening will begin with a drinks reception in the Monson Room and during the reception, Principal Alan Rusbridger will introduce the Film Festival. Saeed will present his film in the Simpkins Lee Theatre and will take part in a Q&A after the film is shown.

Censored Voices (2015)
With Professor Derek Penslar, Stanley Lewis Professor of Israel Studies, University of Oxford
Wednesday 3 February 2016
7.30pm - 9.45pm
Simpkins Lee Theatre

One week after the 1967 'Six-Day War', a group of young kibbutzniks, led by renowned author Amos Oz and Editor Avraham Shapira, recorded intimate conversations with soldiers returning from the battlefield. The Iraeli army censored the recordings, allowing only a fragment of the conversations to be published. Censored Voices reveals these original recordings for the first time.

Following the screening, there will be a talk from Professor Derek Penslar, Oxford's Stanley Lewis Professor of Israel Studies. Dr Penslar has written a number of books and articles on Israel's place in modern Jewish and world history, and co-edits two scholarly journals, The Journal of Israeli History and Jewish Social Studies.

Ben Robinson (LMH, 1992 PPE) presents 'Displaced'
Thursday 4 February 2016
Old Library

"I wanted to capture something of the space that follows the events, the stories between the lines." Ben's select photos from the collection "Displaced" tell the stories of Internally Displaces Peoples (IDPs) in Ukraine. Finding humanity in the aftermath of political unrest, this photographic exhibition will be the perfect companion to the "Maidan" screening and panel discussion the following day. The presentation is accompanied by a drinks reception.

Maidan (2014)
With Bridget Kendall MBE (1974 Modern Languages), BBC diplomatic correspondent and LMH Honorary Fellow; Tim Judah, reporter and political analyst for The Economist, and Ben Robinson (1992 PPE), photojournalist
Friday 5 February 2016
6.00pm - 9.15pm
Simpkins Lee Theatre

Maidan is a chronicle of the civil uprising against the regime of President Yanukovych that took place in Kiev (Ukraine) in the winter of 2013/14. The film follows the progress of the revolution: from peaceful rallies, half a million strong, in the Maidan square, to the bloody street battles between protesters and riot police. Written by Cannes Film Festival.
Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion with Bridget Kendall, Tim Judah and Ben Robinson on the civilian impact and the revolution's legacy.

A Syrian Love Story (2015)
With Director Sean McAllister
Wednesday 10 February 2016
7.30pm - 9.30pm
Simpkins Lee Theatre

Filmed over five years, 2016 BAFTA nominated A Syrian Love Story charts an incredible oydssey to political freedom in the West. For Raghda and Amer, it is a journey of hope, dreams and despair: for the revolution, their homeland and each other. The Guardian rates A Syrian Love Story as the third Best UK Film of 2015.

The film's director, Sean McAllister, will take part in a Q&A after the film is shown.

The Tim Hetherington Society
The Tim Hetherington Society, set up by a group of LMH students, endeavours to commemorate photojournalist and LMH alumnus Tim Hetherington (1989 English and Classics), who was tragically killed by mortar shells fired by Libyan forces while covering the 2011 Libyan Civil War. Inspired by his work, the Society aims to encourage interest in photojournalism and documentary film at the University of Oxford. Previous event speakers include renowned photographers Platon and Harry Benson CBE. There was also a screening of Which Way Is The Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington (2013) with its producer, James Brabazon.
To be kept up-to-date with Society news and events, please 'like' us on our Facebook page. Please email timhetheringtonsociety@gmail.com if you would like to support the Society or find out more information.
The Tim Hetherington Society Committee
Gareth Bromley (2013 History)
Robert Hayes (2013 History)
Alice King (2012 Modern Languages – German and Spanish)

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