Milwaukee – Meet Julian Assange’s Father and Brother for a Q and A
at The Oriental Theatre showing of Ithaka
Saturday, April 8 at 6 p.m.
The Milwaukee Turners, Peace Action of Wisconsin, and Veterans for Peace, MKE Chapter, are hosting an in-person Q and A with Julian Assange’s father and brother, John and Gabriel Shipton, after the Oriental Theatre showing of the movie Ithaka on April 8 at 6 p.m.
The heart-rending personal story of Assange’s family’s battle to free him
****Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
A moving and intimate portrayal of one father’s fight to save his son, Ithaka exposes the brutal realities of the campaign to free Julian Assange. The world’s most famous prisoner for journalism, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has become the emblem of the international struggle for press freedom in the face of government corruption and unpunished war crimes. Andrew Cockburn, staff writer for Harpers recently exposed many of the lies spread about Assange in his longform article, “Alternative Facts.”
Ithaka won best documentary at the Capricorn Film Festival and was longlisted for the Walkley Award. Weaving historic archival and intimate, behind-the-scenes footage, this documentary tracks both John and Julian’s wife, Stella, as they work to save Julian. With Julian now facing a 175-year sentence if extradited to the US, his family members are confronting the prospect of losing him forever.
As Rep. Rashida Tlaib recently wrote, “The New York Times, The Guardian, El Pais, Le Monde, and Der Spiegel have taken the extraordinary step of publishing a joint statement in opposition to the indictment, warning that it “sets a dangerous precedent, and threatens to undermine America’s First Amendment and the freedom of the press.” They are joined in their opposition to Mr. Assange’s prosecution by groups like the ACLU, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Reporters Without Borders and the Committee to Protect Journalists.”
For interviews of John and Gabriel Shipton in advance of the showing or during their visit to Milwaukee, please contact the publicist, Betsy Rudnick at [email protected] and copy Ann Batiza at [email protected] or call 414-238-3903.