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FIFDH 2021

El FIFDH replantea completamente su edición 2021

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- El festival, obligado por segunda vez a enfrentarse a las restricciones sanitarias, continúa luchando por la libertad de expresión

El FIFDH replantea completamente su edición 2021
Dear Future Children, de Franz Böhm

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Now at its 19th edition, Geneva’s International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH), the biggest international event dedicated to this particular field, is once again having to contend with the pandemic, revising its entire programme. It’s a challenge which the festival’s director Isabelle Gattiker describes as an opportunity to experiment and to discover films outside of those screened, thanks to the creation of original sound and video content in the form of a daily radio programme, a series of podcasts intitled “Utopia3” and a new section, “Activist Voices”, which comprises a series of video testimonials. Indeed, this need felt by the festival to draw in new audiences and to make the event even more inclusive has given rise to a new prize: the Audience Award.

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This revised edition of the event will see viewers stepping into the shoes of veritable jury members, not only as a result of the Audience Award, but also on account of the interaction they will enjoy with the various guests set to participate in the festival virtually, between 5 and 14 March. The Genevan audience will be given the opportunity to express themselves (which is a vital need, especially in these times of collective isolation) on the independent radio waves of Radio Vostok via its daily programme “Comme un écho”, which offers listeners an audio journey infused with the mood of the city of Geneva which has been forced into a temporary state of lethargy. Ever socially engaged, the FIFDH is facilitating broad and easy access to culture by inviting the beneficiaries of the food and hygiene parcels provider Colis du Coeur, and similar associations, along with a group of patients receiving treatment in the city hospital (HUG), to view the festival’s films online, free of charge.

In all, the 2021 programme (dedicated to the Turkmen journalist and activist Soltan Achilova) consists of 29 online films, subdivided into 3 competitive sections and numerous other line-ups, as well as 17 debates involving esteemed guests such as the activist Angela Davis, the Indian writer and activist Arundhati Roy, Swiss director Milo Rau, composer Max Richter, artist Ai Weiwei and the co-founder of Black Lives Matter Patrisse Cullors.

In terms of the strictly cinematographic side of the festival, offerings range from international premieres, such as the German-Austrian-British co-production Dear Future Children [+lee también:
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by the very young Franz Böhm, and the European coming-of-age film set against the backdrop of the refugee crisis Shadow Game, by Eefje Blankevoort and Els Van Driel - which are both competing in the Creative Documentaries section - to films which have dazzled their way through the major film festivals. Among the latter, and within the same category of Creative Documentaries, we find the Swiss premiere of Downstream to Kinshasa [+lee también:
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by Dieudo Hamadi (Democratic Republic of the Congo/France/Belgium), Notturno [+lee también:
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entrevista: Gianfranco Rosi
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by Gianfranco Rosi and The New Gospel [+lee también:
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by Swiss director Milo Rau, the latter two having been presented at the Venice Film Festival. There’s also Once Upon A Time In Venezuela [+lee también:
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by Anabel Rodríguez Ríos, which was selected for Sundance, and This Rain Will Never Stop [+lee también:
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, by Ukrainian director Alina Gorlova, which competed at the IDFA. Numerous European offerings grace the Fiction competition, too, including the Belgian-French co-production Red Soil [+lee también:
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by Farid Bentoumi, The Translator [+lee también:
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entrevista: Rana Kazkaz y Anas Khalaf
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by Rana Kazkaz and Anas Khalaf, the poetic work Veins of the World [+lee también:
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by Byambasuren Davaa, which paints the portrait of a nomadic community in Mongolia, the Romandy premiere of Josep [+lee también:
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entrevista: Aurel
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, which is the first film by illustrator Aurel, and Should the Wind Drop [+lee también:
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by Nora Martirosyan, the latter two having been selected for Cannes. There’s also Numbers [+lee también:
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entrevista: Oleg Sentsov
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, directed by the Ukraine’s Oleg Sentsov in league with Akhtem Seitablaiev, and the Turkish-French-Qatari co-production Ghosts [+lee también:
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by Azra Deniz Okyay. Swiss films are similarly well represented across the categories, with De la cuisine au parlement [+lee también:
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by Stéphane Goël and Pandémie, la révolte des citoyens contre l’Etat [+lee también:
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by Matteo Born and Françoise Weilhammer both featuring in the Grand Reportage competition, and Radio Silence [+lee también:
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by the Mexican director living in Switzerland Juliana Fanjul likewise screening in the festival. Rounding off the contingent of European films competing in the Grand Reportage section are the Hungarian film Her Mothers [+lee también:
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entrevista: Asia Dér, Sári Haragonics
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by Asia Dér and Sári Haragonics, which flies the flag for the LGBTIQ+ community in a decidedly hostile context, and the medium-length film Vieillir enfermés by France’s Eric Guéret.

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