CURRENT ISSUES: TERRORISM - THE POLITICS OF VIOLENCE

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     The politics of violence

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Each year, the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival selects a topic of social and political controversy as its theme. Last yearŐs topic was children's rights in the modern world and the year before that was the situation in modern-day Palestine. This year, the 6th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival focuses on the complex and volatile topic of terrorism seen through a historical, social, political, as well as, personal viewpoint examined in 13 films from every corner of the world. Simultaneously, a Conference on terrorism will be held with the participation of specialized analysts in order to unfold the dark aspects of an issue that forms political and social policies on a national and international level worldwide.

In Greece, with the Olympic Games just around the corner and throughout a world governed by policies of national securities after September 11th , as well as the recent attack in Madrid the issue of terrorism is timelier than ever. While people turn to the media and their governments for information and security, the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival focuses on a historical, notional, social and personal approach of the issue of terrorism to propose answers to questions that inevitably arise in modern-day society.

Where does terrorism derive from? What role do politics play in its development? Do boundaries between terrorist acts and liberation parties exist? Do boundaries between government violence and terrorism exist? What is terrorism like on a personal level? The questions that arise from the examination of the topic by the 6th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival are numerous and complex.

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  THE AGE OF TERROR: IN THE NAME OF LIBERATION (), Jon Blair
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