Reluctant Revolutionary, The
dinsdag 26 maart 2013 - 21:15
Q&A with director Sean McAllister. Moderator is Floor Beuming, Coordinator Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International.
Sean McAllister - "One of the most brave and powerful filmmakers around" [Michael Moore, Traverse City Film Festival]
After leaving school at 16 Sean worked in and out of factories before finding a camera and filming his way into the National Film School. He graduated in 1996. Since 1996 Sean McAllister has made films for both the BBC and Channel 4; working in the UK, Israel, Iraq, Japan, and most recently Syria, and The Yemen. In 2005 his film 'The Liberace Of Baghdad' (about Iraqi pianist Samir Peter) won the Special Jury Prize (World Documentary) at the Sundance Film Festival.
Sean's films portray, with characteristic intimacy and frankness, people from different parts of the world who are struggling to survive but are survivors, caught up in political and personal conflict, trying to make sense of the world we live in.
From his early films Working For The Enemy (1997) and The Minders (1998), both nominated for a Royal Television Society Awards, to his more recent successes, Sundance Jury Prize-winning The Liberace Of Baghdad (2004), Japan: A Story Of Love And Hate (2008), and this year's (2012) film The Reluctant Revolutionary' Sean's work continues to inspire, to surprise and to fascinate audiences.
Sean is currently filming in Greece, and the Middle-East, and researching some subjects for possible films in the UK.
Floor Beuming is programme coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa at the Netherlands section of Amnesty International. She has lived in Yemen for many years. For her studies she researched the integration between North and South Yemen. For four years she worked for the National Democratic Institute in Yemen, with a special focus on women participation in political parties.