Bahrain, the Forbidden Country

Tuesday 15 January 6.30pm
FPA at the Commonwealth Club
UK Premiere

France 2012
Directors: Stephanie Lamorre
Producers: Luc Hermann
Language: French with English subtitles and voice-over

Three destinies, three perspectives from the forgotten country of the Arab Revolution. Bahrain, ruled by the Al Khalifa royal family, is the country that has been forgotten by the West. In the last year the repression has caused 60 deaths in a country of 600,000 people.

The people of Bahrain are demanding the same thing as the Syrians, Egyptians and Tunisians - democracy and freedom. But the rest of the world seems to be convinced that nothing is happening in Bahrain. The images in this film tell a different story with rare, clandestine footage never seen before.

For one month, Stephanie Lamorre secretly filmed the violently suppressed demonstrations in the heart of the besieged districts. She tells the story of her immersion through the perspective of three women.

Stephanie Lamorre is a French documentary filmmaker working as an international independent writer/producer/director having produced a diverse array of films for French television.
She worked in Iraq, Africa, South and Central America, shooting documentaries covering modern slavery to illegal immigration.
Stephanie began her career working in Africa as a writer for GEO magazine. She has lived and travelled extensively throughout Africa and frequently in areas of armed conflict. Her style is to spend a great deal of time with her subjects so that she becomes an intimate part of their life, and by gaining their trust and keeping her objectivity, she makes the camera invisible to better tell their story. 
Stephanie is currently developing several projects including a film following violent women around the world.  
Bahrain, the Forbidden Country - a review by OneWorld - Bahrain Uprising Through Women's Eyes



Followed by a Q&A session with the film's producer, Luc Hermann, on secret filming in dangerous places.


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