The Freud Museum

Events Archive

5 February 2015
7pm - doors open at 6.30pm

White Flags: Screening and Discussion

Caroline Rooney and Julia Borossa

Join us for a screening of 'White Flags' (46 minutes), directed by Caroline Rooney and Rita Sakr.  Followed by a discussion with Caroline Rooney and Julia Borossa on psychoanalysis, activism, trust-building, memory work and other questions opened up by the film.
Based on extensive fieldwork and research in Lebanon, White Flags is a work based on filmed portraits of individual Lebanese citizens from different backgrounds reflecting on their respective trust-building initiatives.

The documentary explores current issues in Lebanon relating to conflictual post-war memory, ideological and sectarian divisions, socio-economic problems, and peacebuilding initiatives by individuals and organisations who seek to actively intervene in their society and rebuild trust amid the challenges and dangers of ongoing crises. It conceptually and artistically explores the importance of white flags in a country where the national flag has oftentimes had its significance stolen and where the variously coloured flags of embattled political parties have heightened tensions and divisions.
The film features interviews with psychoanalyst Chawki Azouri, journalist Jeanine Jalkh, president of ‘Memory for the Future’ association Amal Makarem, and artists-activists Raouf Rifai and Aurelien Zouki. It was completed with the participation of cinematographer and second unit director Johnny Hchaime and the production management team at The Media Trust, London. It was funded by Research Councils UK.

Caroline Rooney (Director of the Film, and Professor of African and Middles Eastern Studies, University of Kent ) and Julia Borossa (Research and Script Consultant on the Film and Director of the Centre for Psychoanalysis, Middlesex University) will open up a discussion on why and how the film was made.

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