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Film Screening: Unseen War

Unseen War

Monday, July 21, 2014

7-9pm

How much do we need to know to care or act? What needs to be in place to make the invisible visible? Unseen War explores what one can gather from all the available data, evidence and information, challenging the existing narratives of just war, collateral damage and economy of warfare in the case of US-deployed drone strikes in the tribal area of Pakistan (FATA). The film explores how we can escape the ignorance imposed on us through a carefully sustained lack of accountability and transparency by the main actors of the conflict: the US and Pakistani militaries. How is it possible that such a long running war (it started in 2004) remains invisible? How has it resisted existing legal frameworks and media scrutiny?

Unseen War starts from the short history of the FATA, its relationship to Pakistan and the US, and the use of drone technology to target militants. It features a range of political actors working both inside and outside of Pakistan, who talk about the ways they understand the issue and the efforts being made by journalists, activists and artists to shift power and expose information about what is happening there and why.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with Marek Tuszynski, Director of Technology and Programmes at the Tactical Technology Collective. Tactical Tech is an organisation dedicated to the use of information in activism. Their mission is to advance the skills, tools and techniques of rights advocates, empowering them to use information and communications to help marginalized communities understand and effect progressive social, environmental and political change.

Tactical Tech recently published Visualising Information for Advocacy (http://visualisingadvocacy.org/), a book about how advocates and activists use visual elements in their campaigns. This 170-page guide features over 60 case studies from around the world to provide an introduction to understanding visual information and a framework for using images for influence. Copies of Visualising Information for Advocacy will be available and co-author Stephanie Hankey as well!

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