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.

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.

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.

Screening commence at 7pm – Tickets £5 (£4 for FOTO8 or LIDF members). Refreshments will be available. Tickets and RSVP:

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