International Narrative

Director: Ben Lawrence

Length: 106 minutes

Famous political prisoner Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, has become an emblem of an international struggle over freedom of the press, government corruption, and unpunished war crimes from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, with Julian facing a 175-year prison sentence if extradited to the US, his family members are confronting the prospect of losing Julian forever to the abyss of the US justice system. Weaving historic archive and intimate behind-the-scenes footage, ITHAKA tracks the journey of Assange’s father, John Shipton, alongside Julian’s wife, Stella Moris, as they join forces to advocate for Julian’s release. Filmed over two years across the UK, Europe and the US, ITHAKA provides a timely reminder of the global issues at stake in this case, as well as an insight into the personal toll inflicted by the arduous, often lonely task of fighting for a cause bigger than oneself.