originally by: GlobalPost published: 14 February 2014
A powerful debut feature about Chechen asylum-seekers in Europe, “Macondo”, by a female director who had to leave Iran as a child drew cheers Friday at the Berlin film festival.
As the competition for the Golden Bear top prize wrapped up a day ahead of a gala awards ceremony, Austrian-Iranian filmmaker Sudabeh Mortezai premiered the picture made with lay actors.
The film, which emerged as a strong contender among 20 international entries to the competition by the likes of Wes Anderson and Richard Linklater, is set at an actual refugee settlement on the tough industrial outskirts of Vienna.
Filmmaker Ken Fero, of Migrant Media, examines the role of the media in documenting political struggle.
‘If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.’ Malcolm X
The power of film to document stories, inspire action and agitate for change has run hand in hand with revolutionary cells, social struggles and mass movements. One of the critical points of our current situation is a rupture within our communities that prevents the support of independent media producers.
More than ever we need media collectives that truly reflect relevant issues with a clear political analysis in a committed and radical way.
Ken Fero, director of Who Polices The Police?, discusses the making of the film that examines the complicity of state institutions in deaths in custody and the struggle of one family for justice.
Nearly a year ago, an inquest jury at Southwark Coroner’s Court gave a damning verdict about the death of Sean Rigg in Brixton Police Station back on 21 August 2008. The jury of ordinary citizens were highly critical stating that the police failures to respond to initial 999 calls were ’unacceptable and inappropriate‘ and that the ’level of force used on Sean Rigg whilst he was restrained was unsuitable‘.