Focus: Information


Debate: Hacking Justice - Garzón Defends Assange

Tuesday 27 March, 19.30 - BOZAR


On 27/03, the film Hacking Justice - Garzón Defends Assange by Clara López Rubio and Juan Pancorbo will be screened for the first time in Belgium as part of the International Competition of the Millenium Festival. Following the film, we invite you to a debate in the presence of Clara López Rubio, director, and Christophe Marchand, lawyer member of the defense legal team of Julian Assange.




A revolution is taking place in worldwide communication: its structures have collapsed due to their reliance on a funding model that no longer works. False information is thriving in this new media environment - posing a threat to our democratic societies that we underestimate at our own peril. We invite you to a discussion on the importance of information, and the means that political and economic powers deploy against those who defend it.


Clara López Rubio

Clara López Rubio is a film historian with a degree in Directing from the German Film and Television Academy, Berlin. She specialised in the representation of the Spanish Civil War in in documentary and fiction films. Her publications include the book “Suenos de aviacion y tierra de España”. Hacking Justice - Garzón Defends Assange is her first documentary.


Christophe Marchand

Christophe Marchand is a specialised criminal law attorney based in Brussels, Belgium. He deals with complex and international cases including money laundering, murder, human trafficking, drug trafficking, terrorism, international humanitarian law and extradition. He has expertise in human rights and terrorism issues, especially in North Africa. Christophe qualified as an attorney in 1996 and is a partner at the law firm Jus Cogens in Brussels. He completed his legal training with a Masters in International Law at the University of Brussels (2006). He is a member of the Advisory Bord of Fair Trials International (London-Brussels). He has pleaded several cases before the European Court of Human Rights and UN organisms, especially relating to counter-terrorism and torture. Christophe Marchand often represents the Belgian Bar Association to discuss new legal measures in criminal law at government or Parliament level, and has been Associate Researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Fundamental Rights and Constitutionalism) since 2012. At the moment, his cases include pleading for the family of Patrice Lumumba, Julian Assange or the exiled Catalan government.



Hacking Justice - Garzón Defends Assange


Clara López Rubio, Juan Pancorbo

Germany, Spain



OV (English, Spanish) sub FR/EN


In the war waged for the future of the Internet, the protection of personal data and freedom of speech, two men are fighting a fierce battle: Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks threatened with extradition to the United States, and former Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon, famous for having allowed the arrest of Pinochet. With a unique access to the Embassy of Ecuador where Assange found refuge since 2012, this film shows the years of struggle of these extraordinary men in their fight for freedom.


Debate: See You in Chechnya

Friday 23 March, 19.00 - Palace


On March 28, we invite you to reflect on the challenges of investigative journalism and the human cost that this field of work implies. This year, many films of the Festival are tackling this issue while everyday, across the globe, photo reporters and documentary filmmakers strive to give a testimony of reality and to share quality information. What is the price to pay for sustainable information?




Following the screening of the documentary See You in Chechnya, the film’s director Alexander Kvatashidze will be joined by Svetlana Bachevanova, photo reporter and founder of FotoEvidence, to discuss the questions raised by the film and to share their experiences of reporting in a war zone.


This event is organized in partnership with FotoEvidence


Alexander Kvatashidze

Alexander Kvatashidze was born in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1977. After graduation from Art College in 1996 he continued studying in Tbilisi State University, pursuing his career in Painting. Since 2001 Alexander started working in Television as a cameraman and video editor. In 2005-2006 he studied Film Directing in California State University in San Jose. Since 2007 Alexander is an independent filmmaker and has directed 2 shorts and 1 documentary.


Svetlana Bachevanova

Svetlana Bachevanova is a Bulgarian documentary photographer. In 1989, after the fall of the regime, Svetlana join the first anticommunist newspaper "Demokratia" where she led the photo department. In 1996 she became the head of the photo department in the Bulgarian News Agency where she covered the transition to democracy in Eastern countries. In 2001 Svetlana founded in New-York ‘FotoEvidence’ to continue her life work of using photography to fight oppression and expose human rights violations.



See you in Chechnya


Alexander Kvatashidze
Germany, Georgia, Estonia, France
OV (english, russian, georgian, french, italian) sub FR, EN


September 1999. For Alex, as for the rest of Georgians, war in Chechnya seemed to be far away, seen only on the screens of Russian media. This is how Alex discovered the world of War Reporters. For 13 years, he will follow their path and listen to the stories of these contemporary heroes. The result is an intimate film about war and what it does to those who document it.




Debate: Pre-Crime

Friday 23 March, 19.00 - Cinéma Galeries


In the age of Big Data, a multitude of actors feed on our personal data that is used, processed and analyzed without any control. Complex algorithms intercept, sort, classify and tag our data to make their use intelligible for different purposes. Security, justice, surveillance, police, marketing, politics ... The applications of personal data are multiple and escape to the slightest democratic control of their use.




Following the screening of Pre-Crime, we invite you to discuss the total surveillance at work in our Western societies and the means we have to protect our personal data.


Jean-Jacques Quisquater

Born in 1945, Jean-Jacques Quisquater is a Belgian cryptographer and a professor at the Université Catholique de Louvain, who co-invented the Guillou-Quisquater signature scheme.




Matthias Heeder, Monika Hielscher




OV (English) sub FR

Predicting a future crime scene and preventing a murder are no longer an invention from a sci-fi movie. In this day and age, computers and omnipresent cameras capture data from different sources, which is then evaluated and analyzed through algorithms. Computers rate how likely we are to commit a crime and provide lists of future criminals. But what if the data is wrong? In Pre-Crime, we are shown predictive policing techniques in action, people who use them, and those who have fallen victims to the system.