Does international humanitarian law legitimise wars?
Discussion to follow in livestream on fifdh.org
Systematic attacks on hospitals and other civilian sites in Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen and South Sudan: since the beginning of the "war on terror" declared following the attacks of 11 September 2001, violations of IHL have multiplied. In this context, the importance of promoting IHL has become a fundamental pillar of contemporary humanitarian action. Advocacy campaigns and public speeches proliferate. But does recognizing that war can be legally considered as civilized not ignore the political realities of law and warfare? Does this not lead to legitimizing so-called just wars in the name of the law?
The Cave recounts the incredible work of Dr Amani Ballour and her colleagues in an underground hospital in Syria, amidst a shortage of electricity, medical equipment and medicines, and facing the challenge of being a woman in charge of a war-torn medical structure is called into question when her legitimacy.
Saturday 7 March
Espace Pitoëff - Grande salle
livestream on fifdh.org
Co-presented with Geneva Academy and Doctors Without Borders (MSF)
Marco Sassoli Director, Geneva Academy
Rony Brauman Doctor, ex-president of MSF, director of studies for CRASH - the center of reflexion on action and humanitarian knowledge at MSF.
Helen Durham Director of International Law and Policy at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Amani Balloor Physician, protagonist of The Cave
Ghaith Abdul-Ahad Journalist, The Guardian
by Feras Fayyad
In the besieged Syrian city of Ghutta, which suffered the worst chemical attack recorded in the last 25 years, the inhabitants have built a makeshift hospital in the cavernous depths of the earth. As the conflict rages on, pediatrician Amani Ballour tries to do her job, despite some patients refusing to be treated by a woman. Above all, it is about saving lives, comforting people, obtaining medicines, feeding staff and the patients. After winning an Oscar for Last Men in Aleppo, Feras Fayyad returns to the FIFDH with this documentary, also nominated for the Oscar.
- Section: Competition - Creative documentary
- Original language: Arabic
- Subtitles: English & French
- Kirstine Barfod
- Sigrid Dyekjær
- Ana Vicente
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