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ONE WORLD 2012: Red Forest Hotel

Date: 22 May 2012 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Venue: CZECH PERMANENT REPRESENTATION TO THE EU, Rue Caroly 15, 1050 Bruxelles

Film by Mika Koskinen / Finland / 2011 / 84 min.

In this film, Finnish journalist Mika Koskinen shows the true face of China’s green politics. He travels to the southern Chinese province of Yunnan, where Swedish-Finnish corporation Stora Enso is preparing to open a new factory. But his efforts to make a film are hindered. When he tries to shoot in the villages where fast-growing eucalyptus trees are being cultivated for the papermaking company, he is confined to his luxury hotel. He can’t shake the guides from the local department of foreign relations, sent to provide him with “impartial and objective information.” The people he does meet are subsequently imprisoned or shipped away “for a holiday.” After several days, the director leaves without footage to protect the lives of his informers. He secretly returns a year later to document the corporation’s profiting-making methods. The film not only bears witness to the abuse of totalitarian power, but also pays homage to those unafraid of risking their lives to defend their land and the rights of others.

Guests will include Folker Franz, Industrial Affairs Director of Business Europe, and Andrew Swan, Programme Manager, Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization.

In cooperation with Human Rights Without Frontiers.


Film trailer.

This screening is part of the One World in Brussels 2012 film festival.