ONLY IN ENGLISH – Here it is an except from the press conference about the international premiere of Killa Dizez at the 18th edition of the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival.
ONLY IN ENGLISH (with real time translation in Greek) Here it is an except from the presentation and the Q&A of KILLA DIZEZ at the “warehouse 1 – old harbour” on March the 15th 2016
ONLY IN ENGLISH (with real time translation in Greek) Here it is an except from the presentation and the Q&A of KILLA DIZEZ at the “warehouse 1 – old harbour” on March the 16th 2016 (every documentary included in the competition is screened twice)
CLAUDE LANZMANN SPECTRES OF THE SHOAH/EUROPE, SHE LOVES/KILLA-DIZEZ LIFE AND DEATH IN THE TIME OF EBOLA
As part of the 18th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, directors Jan Gassmann (Europe, She Loves), Nico Piro (Killa Dizez – Life and Death In The Time Of Ebola) and Adam Benzine (Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah) attended a press conference on Tuesday March 15th, 2016.
Nico Piro, on his part, had lived through difficult situations as a war correspondent. While directing Killa Dizez – Life and Death in the Time of Ebola, he left behind his two-year old son and his six-month pregnant wife, in order to cover an issue that the Western media presented from a specific point of view. “I do not know if I made a documentary or an extended news’ report. For me, it is an act of documentation and moral revolt I felt I owed to do as person and a father. The Western media were dealing exclusively with the 16 cases of people that survived Ebola in Western hospitals. We didn’t care about the millions of people that were coexisting with an invisible enemy. We deliberately chose to ignore 12.000 dead people”, Mr. Piro said. This documentary shows exclusive footage from inside the so-called “red zone,” the confinement area and ICU ward where highly contagious patients are treated. “The situation there is under control”, the director noted, but he also chose to visit stations of population concentration and cemeteries, in order to reach the center of the epidemic and make a film on “how it is to live in an epidemic outburst”. He also added: “The most shocking aspect is the disease’s stigma. Africa might be a developing country thanks to Chinese investments, but it remains socially underdeveloped. Sierra Leone was a country recovering from civil war when the epidemic broke out”.