Negotiating in international conflicts is an art where all parties have much to gain. The documentary film "The Negotiators – How to make peace" wants to present a positive message. It offers a personal and emotional look behind the scenes to the work of people who are commited to find solutions in most complex situations: Through the art of negotiation.
„We humans have created a society where, like it or not, violence is part of it. And it's been there for centuries, for ages, and it's going to continue to be there. Is that better? Is that worse? Well, I'm not sure. It's just a reality we have to cope with.“
„My job is to understand and navigate a complex labyrinth of societal and tribal politics that is very, very foreign to me."
„Being a Norwegian diplomat you get into this kind of work relatively quickly, and I remember starting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs a couple of decades back. I ended up going to Colombia back in 2006, helping to facilitate peace talks.„
„Negotiate based on facts, on facts and figures. Of course we can always speak about politics, we can speak about the future, we can speak about something imaginary, but when you speak about facts is always easy because facts are measurable, they exist or they don't exist, right?"
Rosalind Bain is a versatile British documentary and series director and producer with extensive experience of shooting overseas on an extensive range of entertainment documentaries, travel, history, science, remote location, archive and current affairs documentaries for ITV, CHANNEL 4, CHANNEL 5, BBC, Nat Geo and Netflix. Rosalind Bain is used to working in hostile envi-ronments, with journalistic skills and great gifts as an audiovisual storyteller.
The Negotiators - How to make Peace, is his first feature film for cinema.
She has received many awards, such as the BMA for Best Science Program, Best Business Story Disclosure Journalist for Television in 2004 and Best Branded Content Campaign 2016. Her work as a producer for Staff Four News, spe-cialising in foreign affairs and conflict areas and, in particular, “Taliban: Afghanistan reports with Saira Shah” which won the Amnesty International award.
A film that has taken him to Colombia, Mexi-co, Norway, the UK, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina and South Sudan.
What do you take away from almost four years of filming?
I came to understand that trust is the most difficult thing to gain, especially after many years of conflict. So much pain and trauma has been caused that it is often very difficult to find the space to even begin to negotiate.
It is for that reason that outside intermediaries can often be the way to facilitate a path to peace.
Over our 4 years of filming, we met many different personalities and situations and what struck me about the negotiators was their commitment, their willingness to spend huge amounts of time to start and complete a process and their attention to detail.
They all in different ways tried to build a genuine rapport with the different parties of the conflict.
The documentary is an invitation to get to know this human drama, and also to an intimate reflection of our own attitude on a day-to-day basis.
My intention is not only to depict a generally unknown reality (the very nature of the work requires maximum discretion), but also to have an impact on it, shaking the viewers, in the sense that they feel called to convert themselves into negotiators of their own lives.