Film Series

The Siege: Screening Clips & Conversation with Ed Zwick, Juliette Kayyem, and David Scharia

  • April 11, 2018

Amazingly, Edward Zwick’s The Siege (1998), starring Denzel Washington and Annette Benning, foreshadowed so much of what America would soon experience on 9/11 and its aftermath–Islamic extremism, domestic terrorism, the conflict between civil liberties and national security, and prejudice against Arab-Americans. These issues have remained timely and timeless in the United States since 9/11 and the Boston Marathon Bombing.

Joined with us for a fascinating discussion about the film, its implications, and America’s ongoing counterterrorism concerns, renowned filmmaker Ed Zwick, CNN national security analyst Juliette Kayyem, and the chief attorney for the U.N.’s Security Council’s Counterterrorism Committee, David Scharia.



About the Film Festival

The annual FOLCS Film Series offers you a unique opportunity to watch and discuss movies dealing with legal themes, with a box of popcorn in hand and surrounded by a large friendly audience (most of whom are not lawyers, so you don’t need to know any legalese). Featuring an exciting mix of current blockbusters, classic favorites, documentaries, and independent movies over seven nights, the Film Festival illuminates the legal system with all of its triumphs, failures, moral dilemmas, and dramatic moments.

Each movie is followed by a post-screening discussion with renowned artists, writers, public intellectuals, government leaders, and members of the legal profession who have a particular connection to the film. Explore how the themes of justice and injustice continue to inspire the artistic imagination. Hear interesting stories and anecdotes. Get answers to your questions. And share your own ideas and viewpoints.

Additionally, the Forum invites filmmakers from across the globe to submit an original short film on a legal theme. The judges’ top picks are shown, discussed, and celebrated at the FOLCS Awards Night during the closing night of the Film Festival where the winning films receive the FOLCS Awards. The International Short Film Competition offers aspiring filmmakers an opportunity to be viewed by renowned judges and the Forum’s audience, who take part in the festivities by voting for the Audience Favorite Award—all taking place in New York City.