Index on Censorship, English PEN and Free Word present I Have No Enemies, the moving documentary about Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, the only Nobel peace prize laureate currently in detention.
Monday 9 May 2011, 6.30pm
Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA
Liu Xiaobo, one of China’s preeminent dissident writers and activists, was arrested in December 2008 on the eve of the release of Charter 08, an extraordinary declaration he had co-authored, calling for political reform, greater human rights, and an end to one-party rule. On 25 December 2009, he was convicted of incitement to subversion and sentenced to 11 years in prison.
This 30-minute documentary, directed by Claudine Parrish and produced by Nobel Media, features interviews with many of Liu’s supporters, friends and colleagues, including celebrated international artist Ai Weiwei , whose whereabouts remain unknown after his arrest on 3 April.
Following the film screening, there will be a Q&A session with the film’s director Claudine Parrish, Chinese writer Ma Jian and his translator Flora Drew, prize-winning translator and lecturer of modern Chinese history Dr Julia Lovell, and Chair of English PEN’s Writers in Prison Committee, Salil Tripathi. The discussion will be chaired by distinguished journalist and China expert Isabel Hilton.
The event is free but space is limited so please reserve your place in advance via by emailing info[at]freewordonline.com