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Film followed by a panel discussion with the film’s director Steven Pressman in conversation with Philippe Sands QC.

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Philippe Sands

Philippe Sands QC is Professor of Law at University College London and a practising barrister at Matrix Chambers. He appears as counsel before international courts and tribunals, and sits as an international arbitrator.

He is author of Lawless World (2005) and Torture Team (2008) and several academic books on international law, and has contributed to the New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, the Financial Times and The Guardian.

East West Street: On the Origins of Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide (2016) won the 2016 Baillie Gifford Prize, the 2017 British Book Awards Non-Fiction Book of the Year, and the 2018 Prix Montaigne.

His new book, The Ratline: Love, Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive, is published in April 2020. It is also available as a BBC podcast.

Philippe is President of English PEN and a member of the Board of the Hay Festival.

Steven Pressman

Films screening at this event

Holy Silence

Director
Steven Pressman
Country
USA
Year
2020
Duration
72 min

UK Premiere

In March this year, nearly 75 years after World War II came to an end, the Vatican finally opened its war archives. As their contents are being studied, findings will surely shed light on the controversy that this timely documentary examines: the Catholic Church’s response (or rather lack of) to the Holocaust. Whilst Pope Pius XI denounced Nazism and its treatment of Jews unequivocally, his successor Pope Pius XII chose to remain silent – a silence that cost the lives of thousands of innocent people and challenged fundamental Catholic values. Featuring Oscar-nominated actor David Strathairn (The Debt) as the voice of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Holy Silence exposes the intricate relationship between diplomacy, politics and religion and the heavy price of neutrality.

Film followed by a panel discussion with the film’s director Steven Pressman in conversation with Philippe Sands QC.

Part of the Alan Howard International Documentary Strand

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