The British Council together with the Documentary Film Centre and BKC-IH language school invite you to a screening as part of an «Educational Saturday», that will be held on March 22 at 13.00 at the Documentary Film Centre (Zubovsky boulevard, 2).
What makes this screening special is not only the fact that it will be held on Sunday, breaking the logic of its title, but also that it’s dedicated to the memory of the English fiction writer Terry Pratchett, who passed away earlier this month.
The film will be screened in English without translation.
After the screening there will be a discussion of the film with the BKC-IH teacher Cecile Fretz, a University of Lausanne graduate, CELTA certificate holder, and communicative methodology specialist.
Please don’t be late for the screening!
Admission is free, however registration is obligatory.
In case you don’t manage to register, seats may be available subject to availability.
About the authur
Terry Pratchett is most known for his series of comic novels about Discworld — a fictional disc-shaped planet populated with fantastic creatures. Everything that is considered a myth on Earth becomes reality in the Discworld. The planet stands on four elephants, its inhabitants: trolls, vampires, elfs and dwarves — who fight each other for their rights. This is a world where magic is real and death is an actual person with a scythe in their hands.
The Discworld series numbers 40 books, many of which were cinematized or taken as a basis for computer games. Pratchett also wrote a series of science-fiction novels and stories about alternative universes. He is further known for his collaborative works with Neil Gaiman, Stephen Baxter, Ian Stuart, and others.
In 2008 Terry Pratchett was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and in 2009 he published an open letter about euthanasia. Since then he frequently spoke in public about rights for terminating life, in the case of deteriorating states of health with chronic illness.
In 2012 a British film-maker released a documentary «Terry Pratchett: choosing death». The film is based on the writer’s reflection on a question that arises for those with terminal illnesses: whether to fight for life to the utmost or to deny it before the disease takes over the mind and the body. During the shooting process Pratchett visited Dignitas, a Swiss clinic practicing euthanasia, where he met with doctors and patients, including those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.