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Special edition of Solutions Cinema - presented by Doha Debates + Points North on August 10

"Decolonize Now" is the fifth part of this ongoing summit and will feature a conversation with filmmakers, film subjects as well as a Human Rights specialist, to take place virtually on August 10.
Special edition of Solutions Cinema - presented by Doha Debates + Points North on August 10

The Doha Debates, along with Points North will present an online forum this coming Tuesday, featuring directors Rodrigo Reyes and Julia Bacha, along with Mohammed el Kurd, who is the protagonist of Bacha's My Neighborhood, and Nickey Diamond, Myanmar Human Rights Specialist associated with Fortify Rights. The theme of the encounter is "Decolonize Now" and Solutions Cinema poses the following questions:

"Five centuries have passed since the fall of the Aztec Empire to the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés. In that time, nearly every corner of the globe has been touched by the violent, racist legacy of European colonialism. Yet the historical roots of today’s most urgent social crises — from ethnic nationalism to forced migration to entrenched inequality — are often obscured from mainstream narratives about these issues. What does it mean for storytellers to grapple with a centuries-old legacy of harm? How can a deeper understanding of history lead to new forms of power and resistance, particularly for cultures and communities that have been most impacted by colonization?"

So what is Solutions Cinema? They are a community of storytellers, students and educators committed to filmmaking that fosters public discourse and amplifies solutions to global challenges. The free virtual screenings they host are made up of documentaries that address injustice and inequity, each highlighting individuals using the tools of community organizing, politics, education, media-making and the law to fight for a better future. Following the screenings, the group will gather for a summit-style facilitated discussion, exploring story-driven strategies for social change with filmmakers, film protagonists and special guests.

For this edition, the featured films are:

499 by Rodrigo Reyes
My Neighbourhood by Julia Bacha and Rebekah Wingert-Jabi
Exodus by Taimoor Sobhan
Lupita by Monica Wise Robles

The Doha Debates are a series of Majlis-style conversations, the first of which was launched over 14 years ago. Recently revamped, their vision is "to unite and inspire a generation to solve the world’s challenges and build a better future for generations to come."

The Points North Institute is "a launching pad for the next generation of nonfiction storytellers," and their programmes include the annual Camden International Film Festival and Points North Forum.

To view the films and participate in the discussion, register for the Solutions Cinema event on Eventive.

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