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Torture: the main feature

Thursday June 27 2013 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Level 1, 79 Myrtle St Chippendale, Amnesty International NSW Action Centre, NSW

Protest against the death penalty at Amnesty International's International Council Meeting.Protest against the death penalty at Amnesty International's International Council Meeting.

As part of United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (26 June), join us for a discussion about if, and how, film has influenced our perceptions of, and opinions about torture.

Have films such as Zero Dark Thirty contributed to a normalisation of torture and enforced the idea that torture works?

While many people maintain that torture should be rejected without argument as a gross human rights violation, in the recent past we have seen growing discussion about whether torture should be used.

The evening aims to question whether film has contributed to torture's growing acceptability or whether our ethical standards merely been lowered? Is further discussion about torture a good thing, raising people's awareness and forcing people to take a moral stance? Do films and media have the power to change our mind about what is acceptable behavior by governments and individuals?

The discussion panel will consist of three influential thinkers with various backgrounds in Cultural and Film industries, Journalism, and Cultural Theory.


RSVP here.

We hope to see you there!

More on the speakers

MC Richard Ackland

Richard Ackland publishes the law journals Justinian and the Gazette of Law and Journalism. He writes a regular column on legal affairs, law and society and the media. He has been a journalist with The Australian Financial Review and a presenter of ABC TV's Media Watch and Radio National's Late Night Live and Breakfast programs.

Jason Di Rosso

Radio National’s famed Film Critic, and pop culture decoder, Jason Di Rosso, will shed light on the role of Hollywood in civil society.

Cynthia Banham

Lawyer and Journalist, Cynthia Banham has over a decade's experience working in the Canberra press gallery covering foreign policy and defence issues. Most recently, she was a regular columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald. She is currently undertaking doctorate research at ANU in human rights law and politics.

Fleur Johns

Co-Director of the Sydney Centre for International Law and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at Sydney University. Fleur research has explored the relationship between articulations of subjectivity at various scales and the legal crafting of ‘non-legal’ ideas and artifacts in counter-terrorist detention. She is interested in the influence of law in shaping popular culture.

This is a partner event with the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS).


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