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Human Rights Documentary Series | Ithaka

24 May 2022
5.45pm – 8.30pm AEST
The Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas
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a man in a suit in front of a picture of Julian Assange

The Australian Human Rights Institute and Documentary Australia invite you to a special event screening of Ithaka.

Filmed over two years across the UK, Europe and the US, this documentary follows 76 year-old retired builder John Shipton’s tireless campaign to save his son, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has become an emblem of an international arm wrestle over freedom of journalism, government corruption and unpunished war crimes.

Weaving historic archive and intimate behind-the-scenes footage, the film tracks Shipton's European odyssey to rally a global network of supporters, advocate to politicians and cautiously step into the media’s glare. It provides a timely reminder of the global issues at stake in this case, as well as an insight into the personal toll inflicted by the arduous, often lonely task of fighting for a cause bigger than oneself.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the film's director Ben Lawrence, together with the author of Facts and Other Lies, Welcome to the Disinformation Age Ed Coper, and moderated by ABC Journalist Isobel Roe. Long-standing member of the legal team defending Julian Assange, Jennifer Robinson, will introduce the film.

This event is presented in partnership with Documentary Australia.





Location: The Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas, 79 Abercrombie St, Chippendale NSW 2008, Australia