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The Fortress: Screening and Panel Discussion

  • June 20, 2013
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Very excited about tonight’s screening of Fernando Melgar’s The Fortress (2008) organized by the New Art Exchange.         It’s a rare opportunity to   see what looks to be a real important and unique film, and I’m participating in the panel discussion afterwards.

Here’s a trailer:

And here are details of tonight’s event:




Refugee Week Special: War on immigration

The Fortress (2008): Men, women and children from Romania, Togo, Georgia, Kosovo and Colombia arrive each week on Switzerland”s doorstep.   They are running from war, dictatorship, persecution, climate change and economic problems. The Fortress puts us in the middle of this daily sorting of human beings.

The film will be followed by our seasonal VOCAL event, encouraging local conversation and debate.  The VOCAL debate will explore issues around representation, cultural difference and differences in status and power.

Panel members include representatives from Beyond Borders, The Refugee Forum, Paragon Law, Roger Bromley, Alan Njanji and Matt Carr, journalist and author of  Fortress Europe: Dispatches from a Gated Continent.

Admission: Free

Age range: PG

Please be aware that places are limited. To book in advance please call 0115 924 8630 or email [email protected].

Drop by, if you’re around…


  1. Nik H.

    20th Jun 2013 - 2:23 pm

    Any chance that the panel discussion will end up on YouTube?

    • Matt

      20th Jun 2013 - 3:35 pm

      I don’t know Nik. I’ll let you know if it does.

      • Nik H.

        22nd Jun 2013 - 10:42 am


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