THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5
The Missing Picture 7 p.m.
The Missing Picture explores filmmaker Rithy Panh's quest to re-create images lost during the period of the Khmer Rouge’s ruthless reign over Cambodia between 1975 and 1979. Using intricately detailed clay figurines intercut with archival footage, Panh creates the missing pictures of what does not exist in photograph or film. This film was an Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.
Introduction and discussion led by Olivier Morel, Assistant Professor of Film, Media Studies and French Literature, and a fellow of the Kroc Institute.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6
Return to Homs 6:30 p.m.
Talal Derki's Sundance Film Festival award-winning documentary follows 19-year-old goalkeeper-turned-insurgent Abdul Basset as he and a ragtag group of comrades fight to protect the captive inhabitants of the besieged city of Homs.
Trailing the fearless crew over a 2-year period, this remarkable film sees the city Basset once knew and loved, deserted and torn apart beyond recognition. As audacious hope turns to despair, Derki presents the real desperation behind the bloodied faces and waving rifles that have become Syria's refrain.
Introduction and discussion led by Aysegul Keskin Zeren, Visiting Assistant Professor of Conflict Analysis and Transformation at the Kroc Institute.
The Supreme Price 9:30 p.m.
In 1993, M.K.O. Abiola won a historic vote in Nigeria’s presidential election that promised to end years of military dictatorship. Shortly after the election, Abiola's victory was annulled and he was arrested. While he was imprisoned, his wife took over leadership of the pro-democracy movement, organizing strikes and rallies.
In this riveting political thriller, the Abiola family’s intimate story unfolds against the epic backdrop of Nigeria's evolution as told by the Abiolas’ daughter, Hafsat, who continues to face the challenge of transforming a corrupt culture of governance into a democracy capable of serving Nigeria's most marginalized population: women.
Introduction and discussion led by Ann Mische, Associate Professor of Sociology and Peace Studies at the Kroc Institute.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7
The Man Who Saved the World 6:30 p.m.
On September 26, 1983, Stanislav Petrov was the commanding officer on duty at the Soviet nuclear early warning center when the system falsely reported the launching of five nuclear missiles from the United States.
In the harrowing moments that followed, Petrov overruled the system's warning, personally declaring that it was a false alarm. This monumental decision prevented an erroneous retaliatory nuclear attack on the United States and its Western allies.
Introduction and Discussion led by film producers Mark Romeo and Christian D. Bruun.
The Last Days in Vietnam 9:30 p.m.
In April of 1975, the North Vietnamese Army was closing in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance was crumbling. Approximately 5,000 Americans remained with roughly 24 hours to get out. Their South Vietnamese allies, co-workers, and friends faced certain imprisonment and possible death if they remained behind.
Rory Kennedy’s documentary chronicles these last days of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War and the desperate efforts to help 135,000 South Vietnamese escape to safety.
Introduction and discussion led by David Cortright, Associate Director of Programs and Policy Studies at the Kroc Institute.
The ScreenPeace Film Festival is presented in partnership with the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, University of Notre Dame.