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COLD CASE HAMMARSKJOLD - A LUX Film transatlantic screening and webinar

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In cooperation with the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts and the Center for European Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

07-23-2020
 
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Three time zones. Two continents. One movie. Same values. The European Parliament Liaison Office in Washington D.C. teamed up with the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in LA and the Center for European Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for a US Coast to Coast - Transatlantic LUX Prize movie screening and webinar.

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For the third consecutive year the European Parliament Liaison Office in Washington D.C. proudly presented a LUX Prize Film at USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles, California. Like many other 2020 events this time the program had to move online, this fascilitated opening up to an additional audience: friends and alumni of the Center for European Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

This year’s movie was Mads Brügger's COLD CASE HAMMARSKJöLD - a 2019 LUX Prize finalist and Sundance Film Festival winner. Provoking. Chilling. Crazed. A must see movie-documentary which left us stunned.

A US-wide audience of around 450 people - USC and UNC alumni and other participants from other States and Washington D.C. - took the opportunity and watched the movie which was made freely available online for a two-week period. The event culminated in a transatlantic online discussion on July 23rd, linking California to Brussels passing through North Carolina and Washington D.C.

The webinar’s special guests were European Parliament Vice President Mairead McGuinness, the movie director, Danish award-winning filmmaker Mads Brügger and Prof John Stephens of the Center for European Studies of UNC Chapel Hill. The debate was moderated by Joseph Dunne, Director of the European Parliament Liaison Office in Washington D.C. and Alessandro Ago, Director of Programming at USC School of Cinematic Arts. Participants joined in asking questions about the movie and the US-European shared values and challenges it highlights.

The European Parliament believes in the power of cinema in generating debate and reflection on our European identity, diversity and values. The European Parliament Liaison Office in Washington D.C. strongly believes in using this same European cinematography as a transatlantic bridge, connecting Europeans and American citizens together, raising awareness of our social and political issues, shared values and the growing challenges we face together.

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Watch a recording of the webinar here.