Film Festival’s Focus on Conflict

The breathtaking Virunga National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site in eastern Congo, is under attack from many sides.
The breathtaking Virunga National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site in eastern Congo, is under attack from many sides.

This year’s Films of Conflict & Resolution program at the Hamptons International Film Festival this weekend includes four documentaries and a narrative film, all of which deal with the human dramas and complex issues of war and violence.

This year, the winner of the festival’s Brizzolara Family Foundation Award is Ross Kauffman and Katy Chevigny’s “E-Team,” which profiles members of Human Rights Watch’s emergency team — the first people on the scene at areas of suspected human rights abuses.

“You’ve seen Human Rights Watch quoted in the news, but you seldom see those brave civilians—the human rights workers, journalists and the documentary filmmakers—who often provide the only eyewitness reports and documents to atrocities around the world,” said HIFF board member Kim Brizzolara of the winning film. “E-Team is a vivid, personal behind-the-scenes look at some of the remarkable people who work on the Human Rights Watch emergency teams, dropping into war zones and collecting that vital information—often at the risk of their own lives.”

Tickets to “E-Team” are available online here.

The program also features Orlando Von Einsiedel’s “Virunga,” about the Virunga National Park in eastern Congo, home to the last mountain gorillas and the site of a wealth of natural resources. The director’s first feature documentary introduces filmgoers to the brave people protecting the park: a Belgian conservationist park ranger leader, an ex-child soldier, a young French journalist who covertly films local politicians and international businessmen and a ranger who has become a surrogate parent to orphaned gorillas.

Tickets to “Virunga” are available online here.

Also on view will be the East Coast premiere of Rolf de Heer’s “Charlie’s Country,” a feature film about the encroachment of “white man’s laws” into a remote Aboriginal community in Australia’s Northern Territory. The film followes an Aborigonal man who goes back to his roots to live the “old way,” only to set off a chain of events he didn’t see coming.

Tickets to “Charlie’s Country” are available online here.

Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Look of Silence” follows one family’s struggle to understand the horrific murder of one of their family members during the mid-1960s Indonesian genocide, while Tamara Erde’s “This Is My Land”  examines how the shared, complex and charged history of Israel and Palestine is taught to the next generation.

Tickets to “The Look of Silence” are available online here and tickets to “This Is My Land” are available online here.

 

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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