On 28 February, 9 March and 14 March, Europe Direct Valletta organised a series of three film nights as part of the campaign ‘thistimeimvoting.eu’ leading to the European Parliament (EP) Elections 2019. The screenings of the films were held at Spazju Kreattiv, St James Cavalier, Valletta, in collaboration with the European Parliament Liaison Office (EPLO), Malta.
Before each screening, MEUSAC officials gave a brief introduction on the aim of these events and on the activities of Europe Direct Valletta and MEUSAC ahead of the EP elections.
The three film nights focused on screening short films shortlisted for the Lux Film Prize of recent years with the selected films including direct or indirect references to current issues within the EU and themes such as peace, democracy, freedom of movement and migration.
The aim of this series of socio-cultural events was to lead to brief debates on the importance of the EU in citizens’ lives, encouraging participants to vote in the European elections.
Participants at the well attended screenings were also offered information and promotional material on the European Elections and were encouraged to subscribe to the ‘thistimeimvoting.eu’ campaign.
Styx – Thursday 28 February, 2019
“Styx” depicts the transformation of a strong woman torn from her contented world during a sailing trip. When she becomes the only person to come to the aid of a group of refugees shipwrecked on the high seas, she is shown the limits of her importance and of the empathy of her cultural milieu. She is left slipping impotently from one nightmare to the next, and by the end she is forced to recognize that there is no way to counter the cruelties of real life. Only chance can save her.
Woman at War – Saturday 9 March, 2019
Halla is a fifty-year-old independent woman and a passionate environmental activist, secretly waging a one-woman-war on the local aluminium industry. As Halla’s actions grow bolder, she succeeds in pausing the negotiations between the Icelandic government and the corporation building an aluminium smelter in the mountains. But, right as she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, she receives an unexpected letter that changes everything. Her application to adopt a child has been accepted and there is a little girl waiting for her in Ukraine. As Halla prepares to abandon her role as saviour of the Highlands to fulfill her dream of becoming a mother, she decides to plot one final attack.
The Other Side of Everything – Thursday 14 March, 2019
A locked door inside a Belgrade apartment has kept one family separated from their past for over 70 years. As the filmmaker begins an intimate conversation with her mother, the political fault line running through their home reveals a house and a country haunted by history. The chronicle of a family in Serbia turns into a searing portrait of an activist in times of great turmoil, questioning the responsibility of each generation to fight for their future.