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“Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields” set for Britdoc Good Pitch 2012

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Eight films, including one about Asia, “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields” have been selected to take part in the Good Pitch Europe 2012, a partnership between the Channel 4 Britdoc Foundation and the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program.

The one-day pitching event, held at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in London on June 25, brokers relationships between filmmakers and NGOs, as well as people and organizations that aim to help films’ social and political impact.

“Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields”, by Callum Macrae, tells the story of the Sri Lankan government’s offensive against the Tamil Tigers. Its a film about war crimes and crimes against humanity at the end of the Sri Lankan civil war in 2009. Both a film of record and a call to action, it builds on two Nobel Peace Prize nominated television documentaries which first revealed shocking video evidence of the massacre of civilians, sexual assaults and the execution of bound, naked prisoners.

The ITN produced film won many awards (Amnesty International’s media award 2011, One World Media awards 2012) and was the subject of polemics between ITN, Channel 4 and Sri Lanka government.

Official film page on Channel 4  Full film on YouTube  Article in The Telegraph

Organizations confirmed for this year’s pitching event include WWF, Oxfam, Human Rights Watch, the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, the Wellcome Trust, Amnesty, the BBC, Channel 4, Greenpeace, Kickstarter, the BFI and The Rory Peck Trust, among others.

The other selected films include “Big Boys Gone Bananas!”, directed by Fredrik Gertten, “Call Me Kuchu” by Malika Zouhali-Worrall and Katherine Fairfax Wright, “My Neighbourhood”, from Julia Bacha and Rebekah Wingert-Jabi, “Kaputt”, from Pekka Lehto, “State Builders” from Florence Martin-Kessler and Anne Poiret, “In Your Voice, In Your Heart”, by James Hall and Ed Lovelace, and “The Square”, directed by Jehane Noujaim.

GoodPitch Europe website

SOURCES: Channel 4 Britdoc Foundation, realscreen.com


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