The Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival which takes place 4-7 August at Headfort House, Kells, Co Meath is screening powerful documentary films which address human rights issues in areas of conflict around the world.

Two films from Syria are a powerful testament to a new kind of citizen journalism.   The War Show  (Sat. 6 Aug 5pm, Road House Cinema followed by a Q&A)  follows the fortunes of a group of young friends whose lives are turned upside down following the Arab Spring of 2011 while  City of Ghosts (Fri 4 Aug, 8.15 pm, Hangar Cinema & Mon 7 Aug 2pm, Adam Room) focuses on a group of  courageous young activists in the Isis stronghold of Raqqa in Syria.

Gaza Surf Club  reflects the resilience of the Gaza population through a group of surfing enthusiasts. It will be screened on Sun. 6 August 1.45pm in the Road House Cinema followed by a Q&A with the director.

Mama Colonel  tells the story of a senior Congolese policewoman in charge of addressing the problem of violence towards women and children. You can see in on Monday 7 August at 5pm in the Adam Room at Headfort House.

When God Sleeps  follows Iranian musician Shahin Najafi who is forced into hiding after hardline clerics issue a fatwa for his death.  It will be screened on Saturday 5 August at 8.15pm in the Road House Cinema.

A Cambodian Spring is an intimate and unique portrait of three people caught up in the chaotic and often violent development that is shaping modern day Cambodia. It will be screened on Saturday 6 August at 7.45pm, Road House Cinema.

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