'Barzakh' film screening & Discussion with the director Mantas Kvedaravicius
Friday, 13th May 2011 at 8pm - 10pm
Location:Ship Street Centre Lecture Theatre, Jesus College
This event is in the past.
In Chechen city recovering after the war, a man disappears. As daily
life goes on, those in search are drawn into a world where encounters
with diviners and legal advisors, with the torturers and the tortured,
with secret prisons and mythical lakes all become commonplace. When the
disappeared do return in dreams, they are said to come from Barzakh – a
land between the living and the dead.
Film Barzakh opened Documentary Film Festival DocPoints (Finland) and
Panorama Dokumente program in Berlin International Film Festival
(Germany), where the film was awarded with the Amnesty international
prize and Ecumenical prize of the Jury.
Mantas Kvedaravicius was born in Birzai, Lithuania in 1976. He holds a
Master's Degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Oxford
and is currently completing his PhD dissertation and a book manuscript
on the affects of pain at the University of Cambridge. Kvedaravicius has
taught university courses on religion, law, and political theory in New
York, and since 2006 he has been conducting research on torture and
disappearances in the North Caucasus. Barzakh is his first film.