We are sorry to advise that the film has been withdrawn by the filmmaker. Below is a personal message from the Director describing the nature of the withdrawal.
A MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR: MO SCARPELLI
To Whom it May Concern,
I regret to say that the short documentary film A WEAKNESS will be pulled out of the Doc Edge Film Festival 2017 as the film’s materials pose too great of a risk for the subject of the film at this time. While making the film, we knew his security could be in danger should the film be released while he is still located in the country in which the film is set; however, the subject/protagonist was confident at the time of Doc Edge invitation that it would be safe to screen in New Zealand. Sadly, his security situation has drastically changed in the past few weeks — and now, he believes he is being watched very closely by the government and the film’s screening anywhere, at any time, would put his life in danger.
We hope to secure his safety in the next year and would be honored to screen the film in next year’s festival if should it fit with Doc Edge FF’s programming.
The most important thing right now is the subject’s safety, and we are deeply grateful to Doc Edge FF for their understanding on this matter. We apologize to the audience for the inconvenience and do hope they will see the film when it is safe to release it.
Director, A WEAKNESS
One artist’s decision to speak out about the fraught, deadly situation in his country could cost him his life. A boy with big dreams. A nation in the midst of a suppressed revolt. A story of what it means to be caught up between your aspirations to speak openly, and the intense fear that your country will punish you for it. Through careful observation of a hip hop artist at the forefront of Africa’s youth culture, the film explores how paranoia can alter, suppress or even dictate the path of a human life.
THIS FILM SCREENS AS PART OF SHORTS 7: AGAINST ALL ODDS with
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