International Women’s Day Film Screening

Killing the Chickens to Scare the Monkeys Photo: Jens AssurThe lack of rule of law can lead to unforeseen consequences for a woman living in a repressive regime, as displayed in Jens Assur’s latest film Killing the Chickens to Scare the Monkeys. In order to highlight the International Women’s Day we will show the film at the National Historical Museum in Stockholm on March 8. A conversation about fair trials follows the film.

Date: Thursday, March 8
Time: 17.00 to 17.45
Location: The Historical Museum, Narvavägen 13-17, 114 84 Stockholm (Underground: Karlaplan)

The title of the film, Killing the Chickens to Scare the Monkeys, alludes to a Chinese proverb about how individuals are killed in order to intimidate others.

In this short film (25 min) by Jens assur, we get an insight to how repressive regimes can treat its citizens. No answers are given. Human rights are in focus.

The film is followed by a conversation about fair trials, led by Natasha Jevtic Esbjörnson, Head of Communication at Civil Right Defenders.

This event is part of the program for International Women’s Day at the Historical Museum set up by Nätverket 8 mars. Read full program (in Swedish)

Free admission, no registration.

The movie has English subtitles; the conversation will be in Swedish.


More information about the film:

Jens Assur is an internationally recognised photographer and one of Sweden’s leading contemporary annalists. Killing the Chickens … is his second short film – a unique story set in China.

The film consists of nine scenes that are rolled up in the grey area between black and white, where the national policy and strategy have unforeseen consequences for a young teacher’s life. The film’s design language and provocative storytelling is intended to open the viewer’s inner eye of reflection and contemplation.

Killing The Chicken to Scare the Monkeys premiered at 2011 year’s film festival in Cannes, in the prestigious section Quinzaine des Réalisateurs. The film won first prize at the Nordic Panorama in Århus and the Grand Prix Européen at Vedôme Film Festival in France, the same year.

Civil Rights Defenders supports the film through funds from Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency). Our cooperation with Jens Assur aim to initiate and promote discussion on human rights, rule of law, freedom of expression and not least the right to a fair trial, using the film as a catalyst for reflection.

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