The United Nations Association of Canada – Vancouver branch is pleased to sponsor an upcoming film at the DOXA documentary festival. The film is entitled Uyghurs: Prisoners of the Absurd and will be showing on Wednesday, May 6th at 6:00 PM at VanCity Theatre. The film will be followed by a Justice Forum discussion.
The film follows twenty-two Muslims from China’s Uyghur minority who fled China, but were unfortunate enough to be rounded up in the months following the 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan. Patricio Henriquez’s film follows their journey from China to the Middle East and then to the detention prison at Guantánamo where they were imprisoned without trial for up to eleven years. Even after being proven innocent, they were stuck in a legal black hole. In- depth candid interviews with three of the former detainees, now resettled in other countries around the world, bring to light the shocking injustices of these little-known victims of the War on Terror. This documentary encourages us to closely consider the religious, political and cultural persecution of minority groups, many of which are ignored by the international community, swept under the carpet for larger political reasons.
To see a trailer of the film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-S9eqBQeao
To go to the DOXA webpage on the film: http://www.doxafestival.ca/film/uyghurs
We hope to see many UNAC-Vancouver members there!