On 28 February, Europe Direct Valletta organised the first of a series of three film nights as part of the campaign ‘thistimeimvoting.eu’ leading to the European Parliament (EP) Elections 2019. The screening of the first film, ‘Styx’, was held at Spazju Kreattiv, St James Cavalier, Valletta, in collaboration with the European Parliament Liaison Office (EPLO), Malta.
Before the screening of the first film, Mandy Falzon, Head – MEUSAC, gave a brief introduction on the aim of these events and on the activities of Europe Direct Valletta and MEUSAC ahead of the EP elections.
Maria Mangion, from EPLO, spoke of the ‘thistimeimvoting.eu’ campaign of the EP and gave a synopsis of the film ‘Styx’.
The three film nights focus on screening short films shortlisted for the Lux Film Prize of recent years with the selected films including direct or indirect references to current issues within the EU and themes such as peace, democracy, freedom of movement and migration.
The aim of this series of socio-cultural events is to lead to brief debates on the importance of the EU in citizens’ lives, encouraging participants to vote in the European elections.
Participants at the well attended screening were also offered information and promotional material on the European Elections and were encouraged to subscribe to the ‘thistimeimvoting.eu’ campaign.
Synopsis of the Film
Rike - 40, a doctor from Europe - embodies a typical Western model of happiness and success. She is educated, confident, determined and committed. We see Rike's everyday life, as an emergency doctor, before she fulfils a long-held dream and sails out to sea alone in her sailing boat. Her goal: Ascension Island in the Atlantic Ocean. But her dream holiday is quickly broken off on the high seas, when, after a storm, she finds herself near a stricken fishing boat. Around a hundred people are about to drown. Rike follows maritime law and radios for help. As her request is going nowhere, she is forced to make a momentous decision.