ISLAMABAD: Freedom for the Wolf – a German film kicked off the 16 day International Film Festival highlighting human rights through cinematography arranged by United Nations Information Center in Islamabad (UNIC) here on Sunday at Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA).
The film focused on the theme `Democracy is in crisis” as a new generation of elected leaders is dismantling freedom and democracy. Filmed over three years in five countries, Freedom for the Wolf is an epic investigation into this new regime. From the young students of Hong Kong to a rapper in post-Arab Spring Tunisia and the viral comedians of Bollywood, the film discovers how people from every corner of the globe are fighting the same struggle. They are fighting against elected leaders who trample on human rights, minorities, and their political opponents.
Director of the film Rupert Russell and his producers, Camilla Hall and Patrick Hamm, filmed in five countries – Tunisia, India, Japan, Hong Kong, United States – over three continents. In their search for the modern meaning of freedom, they interviewed pro-China politicians, leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hindu nationalist vigilantes, Tunisian rappers, Bollywood comedians, and Trump-voting autoworkers. The event is being arranged in celebration of 70 years of Universal Declaration of Human Rights in collaboration with the European Union. The 4th edition of the international film festival will take place till 10 December featuring 27 thematic documentaries to be screened in Gujrat, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Mardan, Peshawar, Quetta, Rawalpindi, and Swat.
Documentaries are focused on the universality of human rights and related human stories across the world. Among the key themes are the freedom of expression, minority rights, gender equality, access to justice and the death penalty. Screenings will be followed by discussions with filmmakers, journalists, government and civil society representatives and human rights defenders.
Belt and Road film to debut worldwide during forum
BEIJING: Film “Common Destiny” themed on the Belt and Road will hit global screens during the second Belt and Road International Cooperation Forum.
As an embodiment of a community with a shared future for humanity, the film shows how the Belt and Road has changed the lives of ordinary people from around the world, according to the film roadshow held on Tuesday.
It tells stories of different people pursuing their dreams, including a 13-year-old boy from Xinjiang, who harbors a basketball dream and works hard in hope of meeting his idol Yao Ming, and an elderly man from Spain, a craftsman of hand-made paper, coming to China in search of the origin of paper-making.
The film’s screenwriter Guy Hibbert, who won four British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards, said the Belt and Road Initiative has attracted worldwide attention and has the power of transformation, adding that it has boosted new industries and broad cooperation across the globe.
Made up of members from China, the United States and Britain, the production team traveled over 300,000 km across Asia, Africa, Europe and South America in two years to shoot the film.
The film will also be released on international mainstream media as well as media platforms of countries and regions along the Belt and Road.
Final Star Wars: Carrie Fisher seen in the trailer!
CHICAGO: Lucasfilm delighted “Star Wars” fans Friday with a glimpse of Carrie Fisher in sneak-peek footage of the hotly-anticipated final episode of the space opera — more than two years after her death.
Director J.J. Abrams told the US “Star Wars Celebration” event the writers had agonized over giving Fisher’s beloved General Leia Organa a fitting send-off in the ninth installment, revealed as “Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker.”
“Every day it hits me that she is not here but it’s so surreal because we’re working with her still… she’s in scenes,” Abrams told the rapt crowd at the five-day event in Chicago.
A world-first trailer released at the convention — and dropped on the internet – reintroduced the “next generation” characters from the final three films alongside old favorites from as far back as the 1977 original, “Star Wars IV: A New Hope.”
They included Lando Calrissian, portrayed by the original actor Billy Dee Williams, and the voice only of Mark Hamill — Luke Skywalker himself — who appeared to die in the last film but was widely expected to have some role in the latest movie.
“No one’s ever really gone,” Skywalker says in voiceover, as Leia hugs apprentice Jedi Rey, played by English actress Daisy Ridley, who has top billing in the latest of the three trilogies that makes up the long-running saga.
Abrams said it would not continue the story exactly where the last one – 2017’s “Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi” — left off.
Leia was still alive at the end of 2017’s “The Last Jedi” but the actress herself died a year earlier, in December 2016.
Disney said last year Fisher’s role would be gleaned from previously unreleased footage from “The Force Awakens,” with the blessing of her daughter, Billie Lourd.
Abrams described the “weird miracle” of being able to continue Leia’s story by looking at old footage.
Speaking at a panel discussion moderated by comedian and late night television host Stephen Colbert, the director said the film was in post-production.
It is not the first time Fisher’s likeness has featured in a “Star Wars” movie despite being absent from its filming.
“Rogue One,” a 2016 spin-off from the main series, directed by Gareth Edwards, had been in theaters for a couple of weeks when Fisher’s death from a heart attack was announced.
A much younger version of Fisher as Leia appears in that movie, thanks to the controversial application of computer wizardry to animate her image.
Cast members returning with Ridley for the final episode include Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran and Joonas Suotamo.
Naomi Ackie as a character called Jannah and Richard E. Grant are among the new faces, while old “Star Wars” hand Anthony Daniels returns as C-3PO and Ian McDiarmid reappears as the dastardly Emperor Palpatine.
India bans Modi film until after election: officials
NEW DELHI: A biopic about Prime Minister Narendra Modi described by his opponents as propaganda has been barred from release during the national election, a government body overseeing the poll said Wednesday.
India’s election commission said any biopic “which has the potential to disturb the level playing field during the elections should not be displayed”.