25 Feb: Screening and discussion about Cartoonists – Foot Soldiers of Democracy


Screening: Cartoonists – Foot Soldiers of Democracy
Directed by Stéphanie Valloatto | 2013 | French with English Subtitles | 110 Mins

In the wake of the recent tragic events in Paris, this powerful and moving film follows 12 loveable and courageous cartoonists – from Tel Aviv, Moscow, New York, Caracas, and Paris – as they brilliantly capture the comedy and tragedy in the world, armed with just a pencil.

Produced by acclaimed Jewish director Radu Mihaileanu (Live and Become, The Concert), Cartoonists is a unique opportunity to explore close-up the difficullties and dangers for those who practice this extraordinary profession. ‘The cartoonists permanently test the degree of democracy in their country and put themselves in the frontline’ explains Mihaileanu, ‘they are the foot soldiers of democracy’.

‘Just like the best political cartoons, Cartoonists manages to synthesize a vast subject in ways both insightful and, at times, frightfully funny’ – Hollywood Reporter

This screening will be followed by a discussion featuring:

Martha Richler, an acclaimed political cartoonist, whose cartoons are also represented in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, and in the Charles Saatchi Collection.

David Aaronovitch, a journalist and a regular columnist for The Times, and author (Paddling to Jerusalem: An Aquatic Tour of Our Small Country, Voodoo Histories: the role of Conspiracy Theory in Modern History). He won the Orwell Prize for political journalism in 2001, and the What the Papers Say “Columnist of the Year” award for 2003.

Jodie Ginsberg, CEO of Index on Censorship, and a former Bureau Chief of Reuters in the UK.

Where: JW3 Howard Hall 341-351 Finchley Road, London NW3 6ET
When: Wednesday 25 February 2015 8.00pm
Tickets: £5-£10 / Book here