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.
Op donderdag 3 mei – de Internationale Dag van de Persvrijheid – vertonen wij bij @SliekerFilm de documentaire ‘Daphne’. De film gaat over het leven en werk van Daphne Caruana Galizia, de journaliste die op Malta omkwam door een autobom. Lees meer: https://t.co/9QummgIwOS #LF2018 pic.twitter.com/oLBZmgyfTg
— LF2018 (@LF2018) May 2, 2018
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.
“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.