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Filmmaker Callum Macrae Ends U.S. Tour with No Fire Zone at University of San Diego


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February 11, 2015 | 6:30 AM EST
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While the world looked away as many as 70 thousand civilians lost their lives, most at the hands of...

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'No Fire Zone' sheds light on the military offensive in the final months of the 26-year Sri Lankan civil war, documenting war crimes, summary execution, torture and sexual violence with direct evidence recorded by both victims and perpetrators on mobile phones and small cameras. Image by Callum Macrae. Sri Lanka.

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Callum Macrae visits the University of San Diego on Wednesday, February 11 as he winds up his U.S. tour with the Pulitzer Center. While on campus, Macrae screens his documentary, No Fire Zone, which tells the story of the final 138 days of the 26-year Sri Lanka civil war and sheds light on the government's brutal military offensive.

Through powerful personal stories, eyewitness testimony and video evidence, No Fire Zone shows how thousands of civilians were told to gather in what the government promised would be a no fire zone and were then systematically shelled and deliberately denied adequate food and medicines. No Fire Zone incorporates direct evidence of summary execution, torture and sexual violence via footage recorded from within the zone by both victims and perpetrators on mobile phones and small cameras.

Besides the documentary's subject matter, Macrae discusses his post-production efforts to raise awareness of these human rights issues. The University of San Diego is a Pulitzer Center Campus Consortium partner.

No Fire Zone is one of five films to win the 2014 BRITDOC Impact Award, which celebrates standout documentary films that are changing the world. The documentary also was nominated for an International Emmy Award.

Watch the trailer for No Fire Zone.

Wednesday, February 11
University of San Diego
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre
San Diego, CA

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