Update: DC Screening! 01-June-2006

We’re thrilled to inform you that Disarm SOLD OUT its Washington, DC Premiere at the 400-seat AFI Silver Theater on 31 May 2006. Diplomatic representatives of at least sixteen governments attended the screening from countries featured in the film (Afghanistan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, and USA), leaders in the mine ban movement (Angola, Belgium, Cambodia, Czech Republic, Kenya, Malaysia, Peru, Switzerland, and Venezuela), and states that remain outside the Mine Ban Treaty (Egypt and Morocco). At least ten NGO represented by the U.S. Campaign to Ban Landmines were present, as well as 1997 Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams who introduced the film together with the director of this month’s AFI Silverdocs film festival.

We were glad to see so many people stay on for the interesting question and answer session with Jody, Brian, and Mary that followed the screening. A massive thanks to everyone who made it out for the screening and especially the American Film Institute and the sponsors of our reception, local businesses Cake Love, Cafe Saint Ex, and 3 Citron.

Later this week Disarm screens at the Jackson Hole Film Festival in Wyoming. Following on the heels of the Newport Beach award, Brian and Mary have decided to head out to the Hole as Disarm has made the finals in the festival’s documentary category. For those DC-area residents that missed the 31 May premiere, the film will screen during the lunch hour on 20 June at the World Bank in downtown Washington, DC. Check the Screenings page on the Disarm website for more details and help us get the word out!

We’re very pleased to announce that New Jersey distributor Janson Media has picked up Disarm and is shopping it around to television broadcasters in the U.S. and abroad. If you’re interested in getting Disarm on television in your country, please contact:

Finally, on 23 June 2006 Mary Wareham will be leaving Human Rights Watch where she has worked since 1998 to return home to New Zealand, where she has accepted a position with Oxfam as Advocacy Director. This change on location should not however affect the ongoing efforts to distribute Disarm.

That's what we have for this month’s update. Check out this article on the DC screening and thanks for your support!