Discussion: A Portrait of War

DocPoint in collaboration with Finnish Red Cross organizes a special screening of the documentary Haunted and the discussion ”A Portrait of War” following the screening. Haunted is the first film of Syrian director Liwan Yazji, which offers a unique peak into the rarely documented everyday life of war-torn Syria. The discussion after the film concentrates on depicting war and communicating about the war to civilians. The discussion will bring forth the images most rarely seen in news photos: civilians, humanitarian workers and reporters. In news, we often see only violence, fighters and troops, the desperation and cruelty of war. Could it increase people’s desire to help if it were shown that help is given, peace is being negotiated and all hope is not lost? What are the laws of war and how can they affect the position of civilians?

Panelists include Elisabeth Rehn, board member of International Criminal Court Victims Trust Fund, Ibrahim Malla, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies’ photographer from Syria, Jarna Petman, docent of international law from University of Helsinki, journalist Tom Kankkonen and the film’s director Liwan Yazji. The discussion is moderated by Finnish Red Cross communications delegate Sanna Ra.

The discussion is held in English.

Director Liwaa Yazji didn’t get a visa and unfortunately can’t attend the festival.

Thu Jan 29th, 5–7 pm, Maxim 1
At 5 pm film screening of Haunted (tickets 8 € from the film’s page), discussion after the screening is free of charge




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  • Maxim 1: Thu 29.1. at 17-19
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