Wednesday 23.11 at 6pm: Helsinki Refugee Film Festival & Screening of ‘Zakia Did Stand Up’ by Afghan-Finnish director Shabika Adil

 Dear friend of Arkadia, You are welcome to an Introduction to the Helsinki Refugee Film Festival and to the screening of “Zakia Did Stand Up” a short film by Afghan-Finnish director Shabika Adil on Wednesday 23.11 at 6pm. The first Helsinki Refugee Film Festival is a about to start – a good time to join festival director Silke Brandt and initiator Kaisa Heikkinen for a talk on the event’s contents, aims and future. Helsinki Refugee Film Festival 25. – 27.11.2011 Contact: silke.brandt(@) Welcome! Warm regards, Ian -Entrance is free and green tea will be served. A donation of €2 (or more!)for the event is suggested and would be most welcome! Silke and Kaisa will give an overview over the choice of films and workshops, cooperation partners and ideas behind the concept that combines filmmaking, art, comic books, information … And who are happy to discuss the possibilities (and limits?) of cultural events as an addition to socio-political or legal work and debate. As a fine and brave example of refugee’s own films, Afghan-Finnish director Shabika Adil will present her short documentary “Zakia Did Stand Up” (Finland 2008, 17’). The film is about the initiator of a radio station focussing on women’s rights in Afghanistan who – like many of her journalist colleagues since then – came under constant threat and was ultimately murdered. As it turned out, the project had an extremely dramatic impact on the filmmaker’s own life.