Valletta's Dutch Twin Capital Of Culture Announces Last Minute Screening Of 'Daphne: The Execution'

This comes after the LF2018 CEO announced he would be boycotting Valletta 2018's events


A film exploring the circumstances surrounding the assassination of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has been added to the schedule of a European Capital of Culture film festival - just not the one happening in Valletta, but the one happening on the other side of Europe in the Netherlands.

Malta's Dutch European Capital of Culture partner Leeuwarden-Fryslan 2018 has announced the last-minute addition of Daphne: The Execution to the Northern Film Festival line-up to celebrate May 3rd, which is International Press Freedom Day.

As of yet, there has been no indication that the film will be included in any Valletta 2018-related event.

Sander Warmderdam, the editor-in-chief of the Leeuwarder Courant, the oldest Dutch daily newspaper, will be introducing the film. Admission to the film will be free and screenings start at 2pm.

The 52-minute film by Italian newspaper La Republicca is about the life and work of Daphne Caruana Galizia, and was made by the Italian journalist Carlo Bonini.

This announcement comes just days after some of the top brass organising LF2018 said they would be boycotting Valletta 2018 due to remarks made by Valletta 2018 chairman Jason Micallef. 

“As long as V18 fails to distance itself from the offensive tone which particularly relates to the relatives of murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, the decision remains in place. The ideology of a European Capital of Culture should not be discredited. It is our responsibility, as well as that of other European Capitals of Culture, to defend these values," said LF2018 CEO Tjeerd van Bekkum.

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