Past screening

A Symphony for a Common Man

Directed by: José Joffily
Runtime: 1h 26min Certificate: 18
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Directed by: José Joffily
Runtime: 1h 26min Certificate: 18
Topics: Sociopolitical
Last Screened: Tue 3rd Oct 2023

With the US justification of the 2003 invasion of Iraq long debunked, director José Joffily's riveting documentary offers a voice to those who stood in opposition to US corruption. Despite their good intentions, what were the consequences of such bravery?

In 1997, Brazilian diplomat José Bustani was appointed the first director general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). During his tenure, Bustani fought tirelessly to de-escalate military tensions and work towards decommissioning chemical weapons globally. However, when he refused to comply with the US and fell out of their favour, he was heartlessly ousted, a betrayal he has yet to recover from.

Almost twenty years later, those involved look back on this period of corruption, acknowledging the ability of world superpowers to devastate the efforts of international organisations and spread misinformation. A Symphony for a Common Man acts as a warning to current contemporary crises, highlighting the need for transparency and honesty in international politics.

We’re also screening We are Many on Sun 17 Sep at 12:40 for just £5, which explores the global protests against the invasion of Iraq in 2003.