Monday, November 24, 2008

Movie: No Country For Old Men


On Wednesday 26th of November from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm in TAYLOR C11 (opposite to Taylor library entry) The LRS will screen a movie titled “No Country for Old Men”

No Country for Old Men tells the story of a botched drug deal and the ensuing cat-and-mouse drama, as three men crisscross each other's paths in the desert landscape of 1980 West Texas. The film examines the themes of fate and circumstance the Coen brothers have previously explored in Blood Simple and Fargo.

No Country for Old Men has been highly praised by critics. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times called it "as good a film as the Coen brothers...have ever made." Guardian journalist John Patterson said the film proved "that the Coens' technical abilities, and their feel for a landscape-based Western classicism reminiscent of Anthony Mann and Sam Peckinpah, are matched by few living directors."

The film was honoured with numerous awards, garnering three British Academy of Film awards, two Golden Globes, and four Oscars Academy Awards.

You are very welcome to come along and enjoy the movie and the refreshments

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Presentation: Human Rights in Africa



On Friday 21 November 5-7pm, Taylor A17 the LRS will host a presentation delivered by Nasser Alghitta, under the title:-


"Africa: from the human rights commission to the court – really a step forward or just a make-up?"


Abstract


The presentation theme is to examine the African system of the protection of human rights to establish what the weaknesses of the system are. It also assesses the system against the more advanced regional system which is the European system of the protection of human rights. Originally the African system entrusted a commission to oversee the implementation of the African charter of human and people's rights. However after years of operation it has become clearer that the commission is not ideally suited for the job. A proposal to establish a court had been put forward. On June 9, 1998, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) adopted a Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights. The Protocol, signed by thirty of the fifty-two Member States of the OAU on the same day, establishes an African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights to supplement the existing protections afforded by the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights. The court is in its early stages and has not had the chance to examine any cases yet. The talk will look into the difficulties and challengers facing the new court.


You are very welcome to come along and enjoy the refreshments!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Movie: The Constant Gardener


On Thursday 13th November from 6pm until 8pm in TAYLOR C11 (opposite the Taylor library entry) The LRS will screen a movie titled “The Constant Gardener”.

Gripping and intelligent entertainment, this is a dramatic thriller of sex, lies and dirty politics in modern Africa. Based on a book by espionage novelist John le Carré and directed by Fernando Mereilles (City of God) the film blends high tension with social conscience, giving a human face to the West's exploitation of the Third World.

For more information about the movie click here.

The screening will be followed by a brief discussion which will be moderated by Paula Herm and Ahmed Hassanein.

You are very welcome to come along and enjoy the movie and the refreshments (free of charge)!

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Movie: Why we fight

On Thursday 6th November at 6pm TAYLOR C11 (opposite the Taylor library entry) The LRS will screen a movie titled “Why we fight”

The film was directed by Eugene Jarecki and has won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. It is an unflinching look at the anatomy of the American war machine, weaving unforgettable personal stories with commentary by a “who’s who” of military and beltway insiders. The film moves beyond the headlines of various American military operations to the deeper questions of why – why does American fight? What are the forces – political, economic, and ideological – that drive “us” to fight against an ever-changing enemy?


The movie will be followed by a brief discussion which will be moderated by Paula and Khaled.


You are very welcome to come along and enjoy the movie and the refreshments (free of charge)!