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Trailer of the Week: Exploding War between Nations, Ethnic and Religious Groups

Radicalism is out of control if the war in Syria is not stopped

The civil war in Syria has set the whole region under fire, one example being the attacks of Saudi-Arabia in Yemen. Turkey denies the Kurds their own state and is bombing the ISIS after supporting it before or at least tolerating it at its borders. Shia and Sunni fight each other in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, and most countries in the region like Iran believe Israel should be 'eliminated'.

The explosion of radicalism is due to the international inability to stop the war in Syria. Now, as the refugees start arriving at the doorsteps of western capitals and one can see them sleeping in parks and tents for example,  now that people go on the streets to demonstrate for or against refugees, the governments start to consider to create the long-demanded safe haven in Syria – only after millions of people have already been killed and displaced.

Cinema for Peace and so many other more powerful and bigger organizations have called for a safe haven for years. When in 2013 Cinema for Peace travelled to Syria, there were still moderate groups willing to engage. Now the US and defense ministry is searching for 5000 moderate fighters to protect the safe haven on the ground and has found only 60 so far.

Cinema for Peace had to cancel a second trip with American artists - which had been backed by Democrats and Republicans such as McGovern and McCain - because the ISIS suddenly appeared in summer 2014 and there were no moderate contact groups anymore, who had not signed the sharia law. The policy makers missed the chance to stop the war with moderate and democratic groups for years. Now there is nobody left who still has trust in Western values and support.

A Christian refugee from Iraq who fled from ISIS to Berlin walking thousands of kilometers, said to Cinema for Peace: "The future? Syria and Iraq are finished, there is no future."


Mikis Theodorakis' 90 radical years for Human Rights

He is a key voice in the fight against oppressive regimes and he dedicated some of his music to children dying in deadly conflicts: the Greek songwriter and composer Mikis Theodorakis is celebrating his 90. birthday.

With 18 years he fought against the German occupying forces and afterwards as a communist against the supporters of the king. He became member of parliament, was arrested and tortured by the military government after the coup of 1967. After prison he fought the elections for the conservatives in 1989 to create a united front and rebuild the country. As a government minister he fought against terrorism and for culture, education and better relations between Greece and Turkey.

"He was always making politics; even when he was making music", friends say about Theodorakis. He will continue to lead his fellow Greeks through those troubled times; because he knows history, was part of it and learned from it. Since 2010, he has repeatedly called for a revolution against the euro.

He wrote the theme of the movie 'Zorba the Greek' which is known in the whole world as the 'Greek national anthem' - his interpretation of the Greek dance Sirtaki.

For his 90. birthday on Wednesday he received a lot of gifts, but he also had to give one: a musical and cinematic tribute to the Cinema for Peace Foundation. Tonight the new movie by Asteris Kutulas 'Dance Fight Love Die - On the road with Mikis Theodorakis' with music by Theodorakis is shown as a work in progress preview.

Gaddafi's radicalized son sentenced to death

For many years, Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi was perceived as the liberal part of the Gaddafi clan in Libya. He studied in London, initiated various reforms and enabled to the release of European hostages in the Philippines in 2000. At a Cinema for Peace event in Berlin he discussed with the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Luis Moreno-Ocampo how the African Union could be unified to arrest and hand over Sudan’s President al-Bashir for his crimes during the war in Dafur.

During the bombings against the Gaddafi regime he became a radical supporter of his father’s politics. He was sentenced this week to death for war crimes and suppressing peaceful protests during the revolution. The trial had started in April 2014 before fighting between rival groups resulted in a power struggle with two governments competing for authority. The ICC and other human rights organizations question the fairness of Libya's justice system and this trial.

It is a tragic dilemma: The international community should protect human rights, transition and reforms, but if it overthrows evil dictators like Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein with military force, hundreds of thousands of innocent people were killed and civil wars followed. It will need to find better peace solutions and politics in the future, and right now in Syria, to stop the ISIS, other radical groups and president Assad from killing each others peoples. A safe haven would be the first step.

The Cinema for Peace honoree 'Everyday Rebellion' shows creative, non-violent ways of protesting against oppressive regimes. The documentary 'Which way is the frontline from here? - The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington' tells the story of the photographer Tim Hetherington who went to Libya to capture the humanity within conflict situations and  focused with his images on the individuals involved and their experiences of the violence surrounding them. In 2011, he was killed.
Ai Weiwei for Cinema for Peace

Ai Weiwei's 'Safe Passage' installation with life-vests from Lesbos for Cinema for Peace.


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August 13th 2018, at the Schikaneder Kino in Vienna / Address: Margaretenstraße 24, A - 1040 Wien