UNAC-Vancouver sponsor’s DOXA film

unacto1The United Nations Association in Canada (Vancouver Branch) was pleased to sponsor a film at the 2015 DOXA Documentary Film Festival.

The screening of Uyghurs: Prisoners of the Absurd was held at the VanCity Theatre on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.   The screening was well-attended, and the audience was clearly engaged in the issues presented in the film.

The film charts the incredible journey of a group of 22 men who are members of the Uyghur community. The Uyghurs are a minority grouScreen Shot 2015-05-19 at 9.45.13 PMp of Turkic-speaking Muslims living in western China. In fleeing persecution in their own country, they were unwittingly caught up as victims in the so-called “war on terror” which began in the Middle East in 2001. They eventually found themselves transported to the American military base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, where they were detained for several years.

UNAC-Vancouver board members at the DOXA screening

The film was included in the festival’s Justice Forum, so it was followed by a thought-provoking question and answer session. The guest speaker was Dr. Nicole Barrett of the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Barrett has worked extensively in the international human rights arena, and has witnessed the difficult circumstances faced by prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

photo-4The evening concluded with informal discussions with audience members at the UNAC information table in the lobby of the theatre.

Our thanks to Dr. Nicole Barrett, Executive Director Kenji Maeda, Programming Coordinator Selina Crammond, and to all DOXA staff and volunteers for making this year’s festival such a success. We look forward to working with you again in the future!

Please click here to read UNAC-Vancouver Board Member Karen Truscott’s Opening Remarks at the event : DOXA Opening Remarks