Press release on 23 July 2009
CINEMA AGAINST LIES
– The Support Festival for Khadijat and Malik Gataev
1-7 August 2009 Vilnius, Lithuania
PRESS CONFERENCE ON 1 AUGUST AT 4 PM IN FORUM CINEMAS VINGIS (VILNIUS, LITHUANIA)
Present EP and the Subcommittee on the Human Rights at the European Parliament, Heidi Hautala, and Finnish film directors Pirjo Honkasalo and Aki Kaurismaki.
“Cinema Against Lies” International Film Festival held in Vilnius on 1-2 August 2009 is organized as an act of public support and recognition towards Khadijat and Malik Gataev.
"It is intolerable that innocent people are kept in prison", commentates Finnish film director Aki Kaurismäki, who supports and attends the festival. "Because we have no other weapon than cinema, we will use it to demand justice for the Gataevs."
For several years Khadijat and Malik Gataev have kept orphanages to Chechen children both in Grozny, Chechnya and in Kaunas, Lithuania. In June 2009 they were sentenced for family despotism for 10 months in jail. As they were initially arrested on 14 October 2008, they should be released on 14 August 2009. However, there is not enough exact information about their release, and even if they are released, they might face the deportation back to Chechnya. That could prove fatal them, and it must not be allowed to happen.
An international group of supporters of Khadijat and Malik Gataev as well as of their children have organized the “Cinema Against Lies” film festival in Vilnius to raise public awareness in Lithuania and remind politicians of Lithuania about the obligation to comply to the norms of the membership in the European Union.
ORGANISERS OF THE FESTIVAL
individuals in Lithuania, Little Tree, Finnish Peace Committee, Rosebud Books Oy, Sputnik Oy
Pirjo Honkasalo is going to screen the acclaimed “The 3 Rooms of Melancholia” to remind what kind of family the Gataevs had created in the long years prior to the blow at the back by the Lithuanian authorities. The other films are:
"I Hired a Contract Killer"; "Drifting Clouds"; "Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatjana"; "The Man Without a Past" by Aki Kaurismaki
"Disbelief" by Andrey Nekrasov (Russia)
"Welcome to North Korea" by Linda Jablonska (Checz Republic)
"Grenel Agreements" by Nikolay Olejnikov (Russia)
"In the Shadow of the Holy Book" by Arto Halonen (Finland)
"Barzakh" by Mantas Kvedaravicius (Lithuania)
"Where Is My Friend's House?" by Abbas Kiarostami (Iran)
"Eternity And a Day" by Theo Angelopoulos (Greece)
"Frozen Land" by Aku Louhimies (Finland)
VENUE & TICKETS
Forum Cinemas Vingis, Savanoriu pr. 7, Vilnius, Lithuania, tel. +370 52644764
Ticket prices 5 EUR
Note: Screenings times will be announced later.
CONTACT IN LITHUANIA CONTACT IN FINLAND
Mr Giedrius Zubavicius Ms Susanna Okker
Tel. +37069839383 Tel. +358456702023
Webpage (in Finland) www.cinemafhr.net