Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival


Julian Assange – A First Step Toward Justice

A British court has just rejected the U.S. request to extradite the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange. Stuck in London since April 2019, after spending seven years isolated at the Ecuadorian Embassy in that capital, where he sought refuge and asylum, Assange saw the widespread claims that demanded this decision accepted. These claims include ones made by the German government, which had already expressed concern about "human rights and humanitarian aspects of a possible extradition [which should not] be neglected", and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Niels Melzer, who requested his immediate release and affirmed that "prosecuting Assange for publishing true information about serious official misconduct, whether in America or elsewhere, is what is called 'killing the messenger'".

After taking refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy, one of his rare public interventions took place at LEFFEST, in 2014, where he answered questions, via videoconference from the embassy, made by the festival’s participants and spectators, who had just watched the closing of the symposium Fiction and Reality: Beyond Big Brother, curated by Juan Branco, at the Estoril Congress Center. 

We invite you to (re) watch this unique intervention by Julian Assange.
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