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In the Eyes of the Law In the Eyes of the Law Film Series on Justice
28 Aug - 2 Oct

Offering both a historical perspective and a contemporary outlook on justice, our new series In the Eyes of the Law, brings films in which justice is addressed, through three main topics:

- the portrait of "women of justice" and women facing justice (So Help Me God, Sisters in Law)
- justice in time of crisis (Z, In the Name of the Father, The Confession)
- the trial in all its aspects (12 Angry Men, The Truth)

We are thus aiming to provide a platform for discussion in the presence of filmmakers, lawyers, judges and academics, including Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot, judge Anne Gruwez, barrister Richard Horwell QC, and lawyer Antoine Vey.

To continue in Oct & Nov
Programme
Z Z Until 4 Sept
Classic
The investigation on the violent death of a medical professor uncovers a network of police and government corruption. A coded study of Greece under the Generals, Costa-Gavras’s masterpiece was showered with prizes, including the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and the Jury Prize in Cannes.
12 Angry Men + Q&A 12 Angry Men + Q&A 8 - 10 Sept
Classic
Sidney Lumet’s gripping courtroom drama, winner of the Golden Bear in Berlin, follows the deliberation of the jury in a murder trial. As the dozen men try to reach a unanimous decision, one juror (Henry Fonda) casts considerable doubt on elements of the case.

After the film Richard Horwell QC and Antoine Vey, lawyer at the Paris Bar, will debate around the theme of Truth in a criminal trial: how to convince the jury? Can one lie in court? How to defend a guilty person?
So Help Me God + Q&A So Help Me God + Q&A 11 Sept
Special Screening
Awarded with César and Magritte awards for Best Documentary this year, So Help Me God observes the everyday work of Brussels judge Anne Gruwez, from interrogating suspects to visiting crime scenes, a blunt reality which can prove more exhilarating than fiction.

Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot will introduce the film and lead a discussion afterwards with judge Anne Gruwez and film director Yves Hinant on the role of the judge in society and the position of a woman judge within and outside the judicial institution.
Sisters in Law Sisters in Law 12 Sept
Special Screening
Winner of the Prix Art et Essai at the Cannes Film Festival, Florence Ayisi and Kim Longionotto’s documentary follows the work of two women, the State Counsel and Court President in Kumba, a small town in Southwest Cameroon, in an attempt to change their community, and especially the life of women, through the use of law and justice.
L'Une chante, l’autre pas + intro L'Une chante, l’autre pas + intro 15 - 18 Sept
Classic
Agnès Varda’s portrait of womanhood is at once a tragedy, an unconventional musical and a pamphlet for women’s rights spanning over ten years. Two young women live in Paris in 1962. One dreams of becoming a singer, the other looks after her two children. They go their separate ways and meet up ten years later during an abortion-rights demonstration.

The screening on Wed 18 Sept is introduced by Dr Ros Murray, Lecturer in French at King's College London
In the Name of the Father In the Name of the Father 22 - 24 Sept
Classic
Winner of the Golden Bear at the 1994 Berlinale and based on a true story, In the Name of the Father recounts the police errors that led to the wrong conviction and sentence to life imprisonment of Gerry Conlon (Daniel Day-Lewis), and three other suspects, in the aftermath of the 1974 Guilford pub bombings in Northern Ireland.
L'Aveu L'Aveu 29 Sept - 2 Oct
Classic
In 1950s communist Czechoslovakia, government minister Anton Ludvik (Yves Montand) leads a relatively comfortable life with his wife, Lise (Simone Signoret). One day, he is arrested, tortured and made to confess to treason. Based on a true story, L'Aveu is a sharply written plea against every form of totalitarianism.
See Also at La Médiathèque

Books, films, comics, fiction and non-fiction, browse the special selection of documents on Justice in La Médiathèque and Culturethèque. From offences, trials, lawyers, judges and prisons, various aspects of the legal system come into play through the lens of great literary figures such as Zola, Camus and Le Clézio or film directors in the likes of de Lestrade. Journalists as Denis Robert question the sometimes scandalous relations between justice and power, while judges or lawyers, and even rappers (Kery James) take the pen to depict the conflicts of contemporary society.


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