As part of the Festival, UNSW Arts & Social Sciences will host a panel discussion at Sydney Town Hall featuring filmmaker and South African human rights lawyer Shameela Seedat. Seedat’s debut documentary feature, Whispering Truth to Power, tells the story of Thuli Madonsela, South Africa’s first female Public Protector who fought corruption among the country’s most powerful politicians at great personal cost.
Entitled The Filmmaker’s Voice of Conscience: Local Obligations and Universal Values, the panel discussion will explore what happens when two very different ways of thinking and acting meet – the legal pursuit of justice and filmmaking. Panellists will discuss the intersections between documentary filmmaking and the legal system and ask whether a film can engage in the critical task of broadening the moral and political horizons of a particular society and also attend to universal values and obligations.
Panel members include human rights lawyer and former Director of the Australian Human Rights Centre at UNSW Law, Professor Andrea Durbach and UNSW Arts & Business/Law student and Sydney Screen Studies Network representative Debbie Zhou. The event will be chaired by documentary filmmaker and Associate Professor in Film Studies at UNSW Arts & Social Sciences, Jane Mills.
The Features Program at the Sydney Film Festival showcases the very best new cinema from around the world. The partnership builds on a long history of creative connections between UNSW Arts & Social Sciences and the Sydney Film Festival with a number of UNSW students, staff and alumni involved in the event.
The Filmmaker’s Voice of Conscience: Local Obligations and Universal Values
Date: Thursday 14 June, 7.30pm – 8.30pm
Venue: Treasury Room, Sydney Town Hall
Free event, no registration required.
For more information, visit the UNSW Arts & Social Sciences website.