The short documentary Unseen War, which tells the story behind America’s secretive drone attacks in Pakistan, will be shown at the Labia Theatre on Orange Street in Cape Town.
Unseen War explores the physical, moral and political invisibility of US drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal FATA region through the eyes of journalists, activists and experts.
What are the consequences of these strikes, what is the technology that makes them possible, and how can they be exposed to public scrutiny using data and visualisation tactics? The film shows how researchers and activists are using innovative, readily available technology to expose the reality behind these deadly attacks.
Unseen War is the latest film from the series Exposing the Invisible which explores new frontiers of investigation and shares the stories of those working to expose the hidden layers behind problems in their societies. The films are produced by Tactical Tech, an international non-profit organisation working globally to uncover and spread new paradigms and techniques for the use of information technology in civil society, with a particular focus on campaigners, human rights defenders, and accountability, transparency and justice advocates.
The screening will include some additional relevant clips and an informal audience discussion about activists’ and journalists’ work challenging “official narratives”, Exposing the Invisible and the organisation’s work more broadly with Faith Bosworth, a Tactical Tech Programme Coordinator visiting from Berlin.
Tactical Tech’s various print materials will also be on sale, including their new book Visualising Information for Advocacy.
Tickets can be reserved by calling The Labia. Reserving tickets is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment.
This event is presented by the Labia, Tactical Tech and While You Were Sleeping, a Cape Town-based non-profit film collective committed to bringing documentaries with important social, political and environmental messages to South African audiences.