RAW in WAR and Badac Theatre Company presents "ANNA"
To mark the anniversary of Anna Politkovskaya's murder on the 7th of October, RAW in WAR and BADAC Theatre Company will be staging a special production of 'Anna', a play by Badac theatre company about the life and work of Anna Politkovskaya.
Set in and around a lift, the location of her murder, the production will focus on Anna's exposure of the human rights abuses that were committed during the second Russian/Chechan war, the reaction of the Russian government to those abuses and the public response to the events, both in Chechnya and Russia, that Anna reported on. Included will be her highlighting of the plight of 'The Disappeared' within Chechnya, the Moscow theatre siege and its aftermath and the testimony of the victims that she wrote so passionately about.
It will aim to be an intense study of one woman's struggle to highlight, and bring to the attention of the world, the plight of the forgotten victims of war and persecution.
The evening will conclude with an audience Q&A with the Badac cast and director of 'Anna', as well as Mariana Katzarova, founder of RAW in WAR, to discuss the play and Anna's work.
Please join us for an opportunity to celebrate the life and work of Anna Politkovskaya on the anniversary of her murder.
Tickets for the play are priced at £10.
Please join us at 19.00 for drinks at the bar, followed by the performance at 20.00.
Today 4 years ago, on 15 July 2009, Natalia Estemirova was abducted and murdered in Chechnya. For us at RAW in WAR this is a day to remember a dear friend and a colleague human rights defender, and to send our condolences to her family.
Natalia's selfless work to end human rights violations and to seek justice for the crimes
committed in Chechnya, continue to inspire us.Natalia
Estemirova fought against injustice and exposed the truth about
atrocities in Chechnya. For this she paid with her life. Her work on
behalf of the victims of the war in Chechnya, her condemnation of abuses
against the Chechen people and her commitment to sharing the truth despite the
danger to her life, are an example of true human spirit.We at
RAW in WAR are honoured
that Natalia Estemirova was the first recipient of the RAW in WAR Anna
Politkovskaya Award in 2007.
also a day
to call again for justice for Natalia’s murder. Four
years on, the investigation into her killing is not progressing. Despite
repeated assurances by the Russian authorities to investigate all leads into
her murder and despite a considerable amount of evidence and witness
statements, which could help to identify the perpetrators, the investigation is
not moving forward. In addition, human rights defenders in Chechnya and
elsewhere in the Russian Federation are increasingly accused of being
"foreign agents", “unpatriotic” and they are presented as “making
money from other people’s misery”. Regrettably, this campaign of intimidation
against human rights defenders, steered by the government, does give us little
reason to hope that the authorities will protect human rights defenders and
ensure justice for crimes committed against them.
To honour our friend and
colleague, we at RAW in WAR continue to call for justice for Natalia and for
those who killed her and those who ordered her killing to be brought to
justice. We continue to call on the Russian government to stop
the campaign against human rights defenders and to support their work in the
name of Natalia Estemirova, Anna Politkovskaya and others like them, who lost
their lives while defending human rights.
We will continue to re-print our open letter
from 15 July 2009, the day Natalia was abducted and killed, until justice is
Join in support and add
your voice for justice by signing the petition and adding a comment on RAW in
WAR’s Facebook page.
Anna's Song by Lorraine Jordan, live at the RAW in WAR Benefit
Tribute to Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya - assassinated 7th Oct 2006 by singer/songwriter Lorraine Jordan. Performed at the Roundhouse Studio Theatre, London, 15 March 2013 at the RAW in WAR Benefit.
Lorraine Jordan with Steve Fletcher (piano), Mike Laversuch (bass), Yogi Jockusch (percussion), Francesca Rogerson (violin), Eve Polycarpou and Sarah Pritchard (backing vocals). Words and music by Lorraine Jordan.
To find out more about RAW in WAR's annual Anna Politkovskaya Award, including previous winners click here.
Lorraine Jordan is a highly acclaimed singer/songwriter (born in Wales to Irish parents), with four albums and a new album to be released later this year. She tours Europe regularly and recently performed at the Roundhouse in London, at a special gig, with profits from the gig going to RAW in WAR (Reach All Women in WAR) www.rawinwar.org.
Many would remember Lorraine's amazing performance at the 2008 Anna Politkovskaya Award ceremony at the Frontline Club, when we honoured the courageous Afghan parliamentarian, Malalai Joya. Most recently, Lorraine Jordan supported RAW by helping us to make the 2012 Anna Politkovskaya Award film in honour of Marie Colvin, the London Times' journalist killed in Syria.
To listen to more of Lorraine's music go to: www.lorrainejordan.net
SPECIAL BENEFIT FOR RAW IN WAR - JOIN US IN SUPPORT OF RAW IN WAR ON 15 MARCH 2013 IN LONDON
LORRAINE JORDAN and EMILY
At the Roundhouse, London
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions)
Doors open: 7.30pm
Lorraine Jordan is a highly
acclaimed singer/songwriter (born in Wales to Irish parents), with four albums
and a new album to be released later this year. She tours Europe regularly and
this is a special opportunity to see her in London performing new material from
her forthcoming album, with profits from the gig going to RAW in WAR (Reach All
Women in WAR) www.rawinwar.org. Many would remember Lorraine's amazing
performance at the 2008 Anna Politkovskaya Award ceremony at the Frontline
Club, when we honoured the courageous Afghan parliamentarian, Malalai Joya.
Most recently, Lorraine Jordan supported RAW by helping us to make the 2012
Anna Politkovskaya Award film in honour of Marie Colvin, the London Times'
journalist killed in Syria.
Lorraine will be appearing with
her band: Steve Fletcher (piano), Mike Laversuch (bass), Yogi Jockusch
(percussion). To listen to Lorraine's music go to: www.lorrainejordan.net
Emily Remembered - Deirdre
Cartwright and Kathy Dyson two highly acclaimed jazz guitarists come together
to celebrate the life and work of the great New York jazz guitarist Emily
Remler and to support RAW in WAR.
To find out more information and to book tickets, please visit the Human Rights Watch Film Festival website here.
THE PATIENCE STONE
15 March 2013, 21:00 Curzon Cinema, Soho and 18 March 2013, 21:15 Ritzy Cinema,
To buy tickets for either night please
What does it mean to be a woman in a world ruled by religion and violence? A poetic and politically
charged allegory, The Patience Stone focuses on the plight of women ruled by
archaic laws and traditions. In a war-torn neighbourhood in Afghanistan, a
woman cares for her husband, who has been in a coma for over two weeks. Sitting
in silence hour after hour, the woman takes the advice of her aunt and begins a
onesided conversation with her comatose husband. For the first time in her
life, she feels he is listening to her. And she begins to reflect on her life.
Slowly but surely, the reflections become confessions. And we learn to what
lengths a woman will go to avoid abandonment and rejection. Based on his 2008
novel of the same name, Atiq Rahimi’s The Patience Stone reveals the
complicated inner workings of one woman’s mind and her secret life in a world
circumscribed by patriarchy and custom.
Official Selection Toronto
International Film Festival 2012. In
Farsi with English subtitles. To watch the trailer click here.
16 March 2013 19.00, Ritzy Cinema, Brixton and 17 March 2013 18:00 Curzon Cinema, Soho
To buy tickets for either night please click here.
“The stories told are
the Western soldiers’ stories. Not the stories of the civilians.” —Nagieb Khaja
Nagieb Khaja, a Danish
journalist of Afghan origin, travels to Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand
province in Afghanistan. Because journalists are not able to move safely
outside of the capital, contact with the civilian population in rural areas is
almost impossible. But Khaja has a trick up his sleeve. He gives people living
in outlying communities mobile phones equipped with cameras and asks them to
film their daily lives, providing a rare glimpse into the war-torn existence of
ordinary Afghans. We ride along with Hakl Sahab in his 70-year-old Jeep with no
brakes, get hairstyling tips from Jurna Gulm, seek shelter from fire fights
with Shukrullah, and watch farmer and widower Abdul Mohammed raise his four
children alone. As the project progresses, it becomes clear how challenging it
is to capture the difficult lives of women. Alternating between the
participants’ scenes of daily life and Nagieb’s own experiences, My Afghanistan
depicts a country where civilians are the greatest victims of the war, and
Afghans struggle to live in the constant shadow of violence.
Official Selection Amsterdam
International Documentary Film Festival 2012. In Danish and Dari with English subtitles. For more information about the
film click here.