ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARY
War is intensifying in Syria and Iraq … with the support of our governements. Life has become unbearable in both countries. Hundreds of thousands of refugees seek safe haven in Europe. Many drown attempting to cross the Mediterranean. Others make it across only to discover that there is no place for them in Hotel Europa. A peaceful life seems a distant dream ...
Drawing on voices other than those we hear, see and read daily in the media, "... Whose peace will it be?" traces the origins and causes of the present disaster. The documentary weaves memories of the past through experiences of the present to create a mosaic within which the pathway to peace might be discerned. It provides an impetus to think differently about the future and act accordingly. But, above all, the film seeks to chart a pathway to peace.
Iraqi academics in the diaspora muse about the need for freedom, education and humanity in the Arab world. Refugees from Iraq and neighboring countries highlight the horror of the catastrophe. Artists discuss other ways of social thinking and acting. United Nations officials recount what has gone wrong in recent decades. European philosophers and experts explain how knowledge of, and respect for, other cultures has gotten lost.
In what sense are we, “the West,” complicit in—perhaps even responsible for—the disaster that has struck Iraq and Syria? What political action should the UN take? What's stopping the supposedly enlightened nations from entering into genuine dialogue, with respect for the identity of all concerned?
What means do we have at our disposal to restore the human and cultural riches of Iraq and Syria? How can we show solidarity with the desire of people to decide their own fate? What can we do to make sure Iraq and the entire region become, once again, a secure and decent place to live? Can so much suffering be forged into hope? Whose peace will it be once the war is over?
All these questions have led to a movie full of options and possibilities for the future. We do not show the atrocities of war: we know them all too well. Nor do we show the unbearable and self-destructive side of human behavior. We let people speak for themselves, in all their uniqueness and sincerity. Utopia and reality meet in the poetry of the narration, and respect for everyday people.
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“… Whose peace will it be?” (87 min) is a production of The BRussells Tribunal with the support of theWizard. Directed by: Luc Pien / Script & development: Luc Pien & Ward Treunen / Interviews: Luc Pien & Nadia Hindi / Production: Ward Treunen / Camera&Sound: Edwin Vander Meersch / Animations: Steve Michiels / Music: Osama Abdulrasol / Editing: Luc Pien, Jan Vlieghe, Odin Van Schoote