The season of shorts alongside the London International Documentray Festival launches on Thursday 18 September with a triple bill on the theme of “conflict”. Three short films will be screened followed by a panel discussion and a slideshow and talk by photographer Lefteris Pitarakis.

West Bank 2003
A masked Palestinian militant of the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades flashes the victory sign as he holds his handgun in the northern West Bank town of Qalqilya. Thursday, July 31, 2003

Lefteris Pitarakis is a photojournalist with the Associated Press. He worked in the Balkan region and since 2000 he has covered the Middle East extensively, with an emphasis on the Israel-Palestinian conflict in Israel, West Bank and the Gaza Strip. He was based in Lebanon during the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah and also covered the situation in Pakistan and the aftermath of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


SHORT FILMS TRIPLE BILL:

hammoudi.jpg HAMMOUDI
Director: Anwar Saab, 2007, Lebanon, 10min
Mohammad is a young boy who was badly injured by one of the thousands of cluster bombs that now litter Lebanon. He lost both his legs in the blast, but now fights, with amazing good humour, to live the life of a normal young boy.

BEIRUT: ALL FLIGHTS CANCELLED
Director: Katia Saleh, 2006, UK, 22min
During the stifling summer of 2006, Beirut-born film maker Katia Saleh documented the month-long war between Israel and Hezbollah that left ordinary Lebanese families in a state of chaos, fleeing their homes for shelter in overcrowded schools and hospitals. Meanwhile, those who still had electricity were receiving graphic email images of the victims – all deemed too shocking to be broadcast at the time. Amid the chaos, the director and her mother face the difficult choice of whether to stay in the country or try to get a precious foreign visa and leave.

sharmila.jpgMY BODY, MY WEAPON
Director: Kavita Joshi, 2007, India, 9min
Irom Sharmila has been on hunger strike for over 5 years. In a desperate attempt to halt the killings and arrests by the military in north east India, she used the only means of protest over which she had any control and began refusing food. Now imprisoned for the crime of ‘attempting suicide’ she is force-fed by tube – but refuses to give up until either she is dead or the military withdraw.

The screening will commence at 7pm
Tickets £5 (£4 for FOTO8 or LIDF members).
Refreshments will be available.
RSVP: grace[at]foto8.com

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