A Farewell to Arms
Stories of Civil Resistance
Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy;
it is absolutely essential to it.
― Howard Zinn
Pera Film opens its 2013 fall season with a striking program - A Farewell to Arms: Stories of Civil Resistance. The program’s title is inspired from one of the greatest American novels to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway published in 1929. Just as the novel explored the beautiful and the tragic, the tender and the harsh, and the realistic, the selected films of the program examine recent stories of civil resistance – from 1985 onwards - in a corresponding poetic as well as genuine approach.
The program is presented with six feature-length documentaries accompanied by a shorts program entitled A Short Walk in the Park. Civil resistance is often a response to changes in constellations of power; the documentaries originating from different countries such as Turkey, the US, United Kingdom, Germany and Iran; all deal with the people, the public and their interpretation of current politics and social issues. At times the stories stem from the masses, at other times the stories evolve from the individual’s point of view.