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ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival is dedicated to the discovery and advancement of the very best independent films from around the world. We are a festival who believes in our independent filmmakers and their artistic talents. ÉCU proudly provides a unique platform that brings together diverse audiences who are hungry for something other than major studio productions and original and innovative filmmakers. 

 
The 16th edition of ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival will take place on 9th-11th April 2021. Now open for submissions!

 

 

 

For more details regarding the festival, please visit our website at www.ecufilmfestival.com

 

 


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In 1977, the military staged a coup in Pakistan,
replacing the populist socialist leader Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto with the Islamist
General Zia-ul-Haq. What followed are now known as the black years of
Pakistan's history, with brutal enactments of barbaric laws to persecute
minorities, suppress women and silence dissent. People were flogged in the
streets for voicing opposition to the illegal dictator, and some were even
hanged to death. Torture became commonplace, and a creeping right wing
'morality' suddenly flooded Pakistani life. 
Haal explores life in that era
from the perspectives of a classical kathak dancer and a journalist. Each
story, though seemingly unconnected to the other, shows a distinct facet of
life under the Zia regime. Their stories show, on the one hand, how criticism
was silenced with the military junta's official policy of censorship and
brutality, while on the other, how society was colored by Islamist overtones,
thus pushing tolerance and acceptance of anything even remotely considered
un-Islamic into the shadows.

En 1977, l'armée pakistanaise monte un coup national, en
remplacant le leader socialiste Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto avec le général islamiste
Zia ul-Haq. La suite, maintenant connue comme l'époque noire de l'histoire du
Pakistan, est marquée par des lois barbares à persécuter les minorités et
supprimer les femmes, en taisant la dissidence. Les gens sont flagellés dans
les rues pour exprimer l'opposition au dictateur illégale, et certains même
tués. La torture devient la norme, et la 'moralité' inonde la vie
Pakistanaise.

Haal explore la vie de cette époque des points de vue d'une
danseuse classique de kathak et d'un journaliste. Chaque histoire, bien
qu'apparemment sans lien avec l'autre, montre une facette différente de la vie
sous le régime de Zia. Leurs récits montrent, d'une part, comment la critique
se réduit au silence avec la censure et la brutalité de la junte militaire,
tandis que d'autre part, comment la société se colore par les harmoniques islamistes,
poussant ainsi la tolérance et l'acceptation de tout considéré anti-islamique
dans l'ombre.

 

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About ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival

Hillier Scott
(ECU)

 

 

Scott Hillier, Founder and President of ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival
 
Scott Hillier is a director, cinematographer, and screenwriter, based in Paris, France. In the last 20 years, Hillier has gained international recognition from his strong and incredible cinematography, editing, writing, producing and directing portfolio in both the television and film industries.  
 
Scott began his career in the television industry in Australia. In 1988, he moved to London getting a job with the BBC who then set him to Baghdad. This opportunity led him to 10 years of traveling around world for the BBC, mainly in war zones like Somalia, Bosnia, Tchetcheynia, Kashmir, and Lebanon. After a near fatal encounter with a Russian bomber in Tchechnyia, Hillier gave up his war coverage and began in a new direction. 
 

He moved to New York City in 1998.  He directed and photographed eight one-hour documentaries for National Geographic and The Discovery Channel. Based on his war knowledge and experience, Hillier wrote and directed a short film titled, “Behind the Eyes of War!" The film was awarded “Best Short Dramatic Film” at the New York Independent Film and TV Festival in 1999. From that he served as Supervising Producer and Director for the critically acclaimed CBS 42 part reality series, "The Bravest” in 2002 and wrote and directed a stage play called, "Deadman’s Mai l," which ran at Le Théâtre du Moulin de la Galette in Paris during the summer of 2004. He then became the Director of Photography on a documentary titled, “Twin Towers." This was yet another life changing experience for Hillier. The riveting documentary won an Academy Award for "Best Documentary Short Subject" in 2003. In 2004, Hillier changed continents again, spending three months in Ethiopia. He produced “Worlds Apart,” a pilot for ABC America / True Entertainment / Endemol. As you can see, Hillier was and is always in constant movement and enjoys working in a number of diverse creative areas including documentaries, music videos, commercials, feature and short films.

 
Scott studied film at New York University and The London Film and Television School. He also studied literary non-fiction writing at Columbia University. Hillier's regular clients include the BBC, Microsoft, ABC, PBS and National Geographic. Between filming assignments, he used to teach film, a Masters Degree course in Screenwriting at the Eicar International Film School in Paris, France and journalism at the Formation des Journalistes Français in Paris, France. 
 

 


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