NO NEWS FROM HARARE

March 12, 2013, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The USC School of Cinematic Arts, School of International Relations, Department of Political Sciences, and International Human Rights Law Clinic invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of

No News From Harare

 
Written/Directed/Produced/Edited
by Wendy Dent
 
Followed by a discussion with Wendy Dent, Ron Osborn (Bannerman Fellow, USC Program in Politics and International Relations), and SCA Professors Mark Jonathan Harris and Dr. Michael Renov, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs
 
7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
 
FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
 
Filming or photographing the documentary is prohibited.

About the Event

A cutting edge account of political persecution in the guise of democracy.

Filmed undercover in Zimbabwe, and presented at special event screenings and discussions at Harvard, UC Berkeley, Columbia and Stanford Universities with Wendy Dent as guest-speaker, 'No News From Harare' is a timely study of the denial of civil rights, freedom of the media and freedom of expression in Zimbabwe, now even more pertinent as Harare prepares for its March 16 constitutional referendum and upcoming elections.

Featuring covertly filmed interviews with opposition leaders and human rights lawyers, and spiced with razor sharp political comedy which satirises the unspeakable, No News From Harare presents a portrait of Zimbabwe which Mugabe would prefer remains unseen.

About No News From Harare

"It was cruel. Extremely cruel".

One year on from land evictions that left over 700,000 locals homeless, there is no news from Harare. The international media has been silenced and the opposition parties infiltrated and divided.

But the political persecution of the Zimbabwean people continues and an opposition party leader matter-of-factly states "the hostility against us increases every day".

As the threat of rioting rises, the censorship of free speech is driven to its extreme.

No News From Harare delivers a cutting edge account of the current political climate in Zimbabwe, as reported solely from those who have the courage to speak out.

Spiced with sharp political comedy which satirises the unspeakable, and featuring exclusive interviews filmed undercover with National Constitutional Assembly leader Dr Lovemore Madhuku, rare footage of the recent land evictions and real accounts by the lawyers representing its victims, No News From Harare presents a chilling portrayal of Zimbabwe that Mugabe would prefer remains unseen.

In English and Shona, with English subtitles. Running time: 28 minutes.

View the Trailer on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFsrcmou7tU

Visit the Official Website: http://www.wendydent.com/No_News_From_Harare

Director's Statement

"The tension in the air was palpable. A chill ran down my spine while I was filming a rare opposition party protest outside parliament and interviewing a local who was telling me that six of his friends have already disappeared... then the Secret Service drove by".

-- Wendy Dent

About the Filmmaker

WENDY DENT (Writer/Filmmaker and Visiting Scholar, USC School of Cinematic Arts)

Wendy Dent  has risked missile attacks filming in the Middle East. She upturned the underbelly of the gigolo trade in Bali, and the inspiring side of life in the favelas of Brazil. She introduced the world to the modern day ‘Juliets’ in Verona, later profiled in the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Letters To Juliet’. And she has interviewed some of the most prominent people of our time, from the masters of jazz in New Orleans, to the exiled Cambodian opposition leader, and Hollywood icons Richard Gere and Jeffrey Katzenberg.

Wendy Dent has also written, directed, edited and produced all of her films in several languages and absolutely independently in every sense of the word - without pre-sales or funding. In addition she has filmed all her documentaries solo, across five continents, without any production crews.

Wendy Dent’s first short film premiered at Sydney’s prestigious Art Gallery of New South of Wales in 1997, just the second year of her film degree at the University of Technology Sydney. Since graduation she has worked as a production manager and freelance editor for other producers.   Her focus however has been her own productions, (including short dramas, comedies and four feature length docs), which have screened in official selection in 30 film festivals and events from Azerbaijan to Zimbabwe.

Wendy Dent’s films have won a Special Jury Award for ‘Film as Art’ and two Gold Remi awards at Worldfest Houston, plus a gold statuette for ‘Best Producer’ at the International Audiovizual Festival of Azerbaijan.  Her film ‘Dear Juliet’ was screened in Verona, Italy, by the Verona City Council as a special presentation for the ancient city’s Valentine’s Day celebrations.  Her docs have also been included in curriculums and screened at special events and lectures at universities in the US, Brazil, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. She has also received accolades for her academic achievements, public speaking, contribution to the arts and community involvement in Australia's Young Achiever and Youth of the Year awards.

Wendy Dent has been a guest-speaker at special screenings of her work at the prestigious USC School of Cinematic Arts, Harvard University, Columbia University, Stanford University, University of California Berkeley, and Sydney’s Macquarie University, among others. Together with Woody Harrelson and Salma Hayek Wendy Dent was also special guest presenter for the 2005 Palm Beach International Film Festival Gala, presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award to Leslie Nielson on live TV.

Since the age of 16, Wendy Dent’s writing on film and theatre has been published in several magazines and e-zines. She is founder and editor of HumanRightsOnFilm.com and GreenerScreen.com, and a guest-blogger for Raindance (Europe’s biggest independent film festival). In 2012 she has also written for The Independent and Filmmaker Magazine, and has been commissioned as a contributing writer to the Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics.

Wendy Dent is now serving as Visiting Scholar at University of Southern California (USC) School of Cinematic Arts for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Wendy Dent also has several feature docs, screenplays, books and web projects in the works. With her stage and screen achievements profiled in major radio, TV and print news across five continents  - such as NBC, L’Arena (Verona), The Canberra Times, The Age (Melbourne), The Bulletin (Australian national),  and The San Francisco Chronicle’s  SFGate - and her documentaries enjoyed by audiences across five continents, Wendy Dent says she’s happy to see her work making a difference. “For 15 years I’ve had the world as my set. And oh what a shoot.”

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.

Parking

The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $10.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu