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FESTIVAL AWARDS CEREMONY ON DECEMBER 10TH, HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

Awards ceremony of the 12th edition of the Human Rights Film Festival of Barcelona. On December 10th, International Day
of the Human Rights, the Human Rights Film Festival of Barcelona, directed by Toni Navarro and organized by Derechos en Acción, an organization which promotes and educates on Human Rights, democratic development, and human sustainability, will celebrate the closing and awards ceremonies of its 12th edition, which will take place at 18.00 in Cinemes Girona in Barcelona.

The Human Rights Film Festival has been again one of the main platforms of this kind, aiming at dignifying and promoting the work of local and international filmmakers dealing with Human Rights after the important event at the Festival opening on November 26th with the national premiere of the film “Ayotzinapa, a State crime”, supported by the participation on a video call of the filmmakers and Javier Sicilia, a referent in Mexico leading a peace process for justice.

During 15 intense days, the Human Rights Film Festival has organized, once again, many different activities dealing with Human Rights. More than 140 films have been part of the official selection, of which 120 have been screened in Barcelona, while the rest were simultaneously screened in Paris and New York. More than 100 guests from all around the world have attended the festival, including filmmakers, crew members, artists, and speakers, who were invited to the screenings and the seven round tables held in Barcelona and parallel events.

On Thursday December 10th, commemorating the International Day of the Human Rights, we will celebrate the awards ceremony of the 12th edition of the the festival from 18.00 to 20.00 in Cinemes Girona in Barcelona.

Due to the 40th anniversary of the death of the Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, the Festival has given special attention to films dealing with the victims and missing people of the Franco era. The Festival wanted to give recognition to the efforts still being done in order to reduce the list of missing people pending for identification. This list is one of the largest in the world, only second to Pol Pot’s Cambodian communist regime. Spain continues to be the second country with more missing people.

According to UN recommendations and its spokesperson Pablo de Greiff, Spain still has work to do on Truth, Justice, Healing and Memory, with the aim of not repeating errors of the past.

In order to give voice to those who continue working on this subject and to highlight their involvement with the historical memory, the Festival has given two awards from the official selection to:

– “Vencidxs”, directed by Aitor Fernández with the Best Feature Film Award. This film is a project composed by more than one hundred interviews to the last survivors of the Spanish Civil War and the subsequent Francoist repression.

– “El camí d’un protocol”, by Carles Seuba and Guillem Escriche, with the Best Short Film Award. A film about the project of creating a NDA bank in order to identify the missing people during the Civil War. Both films will be screened again during the awards ceremony. The Festival will also give the award to a person or entity in recognition of the promotion and protection of Human Rights.

This year the Human Rights Award has been given to the non-profit cooperative of renewable energy “Som Energia”, committed to motivate a change in the current energy model in order to achieve a model 100% renewable and accessible to all.

The Festival also has the support of Amnesty International and collaborates with Survival International, organization working for the rights of indigenous peoples which awards the best film on the subject.

Amnesty International has awarded the film “Camp 72”, by Seema Mathur. According to this organization, the film portraits the use of women as a war weapon in countries under conflict. The film also reveals the lack of access to justice and healing by the victims, due to the recommendations formulated in 2009 by the Liberian Commission of Truth and Reconciliation were hardly put in place.

The Best Film on indigenous theme goes to “Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians”, by Hernán Vílchez. The film features the emblematic case of the defense of Wirikuto, the sacred territory of the Huichol ethnic group, against the threat of minin exploitation.

The Festival will also give the International Journalism and Human Rights awards, created to acknowledge collectives or individuals, local or international, under risk due to their work and commitment to the truth and Human Rights. The awards has three categories:

– Voice for Human Rights Award (radio): awarded to the communitarian Colombian broadcasting radio station “Contagio Radio”, born from the necessity of creating a space to promote Human Rights.

– Pencil for Human Rights Award (written press), will be awarded to “AIC (Alternative Information Center)”, Palestinian- Israeli progressive organization which, by fostering information, political involvement and collective work, promotes the joint analysis and search of solutions of justice to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

– Look for Human Rights Award (television, digital, photo, audiovisual) awarded to the Afghan filmmaker Rahmatullah Haidari and his film “Street Wolves”, about the harassment of women in his country, premiered in last year’s edition. Both filmmaker and his family are under threat of Talibans and extremist groups due to his defense of Human Rights in Afghanistan, and are currently seeking political asylum.

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Human Rights Festival 2015

Summary of the press file

Opening:

The 2015 program opens with “Ayotzinapa. Chronicle of a state crime “, in tribute to the missing students, remembering the tragic incident in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico which occurred fourteen months ago and still stands unaccounted for.

Including a  videoconference with Omar Garcia, one of the survivors, as well as the director and producer of the film, as well as the Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, who leads a movement for justice in the country.

In conjunction, Francisco Toledo, one of the most recognized Mexican artists will inaugurate the exhibition “Kites”. Kites by 43. The opening of the exhibition will be held at 20:30 at the Girona Cinemas, half an hour before the central opening at 21:00.

As part of the opening, the film “Last Kawahivas” 6 minutes, narrated by British actor Mark Rylance will also be projected. Coming from the Survival International  organization which defends the rights of indigenous peoples and will feature a direct action for people to sign letters of support for the campaign of the Kawahivas.

Movies featured:


 Medium-length and short films in fiction, animation and documentary with previously awarded by the most important festivals in the world, can be seen for two weeks in Barcelona in Girona cinemas. Most of the films will be released for the first time and will premier statewide.

Among the topics discussed include: LGBTI, working conditions, peace movement, minorities, ecology, missing (human rights violations and military regimes), the right to public expression and freedom of press, political refugees, rights of children, solidarity, disability , elderly and gender rights among others.

Including national films as “Darrere the porta” “Vencidxs” “A tu et sembla that?” “The Camí d’un protocol” “23 30. A captive history” “Yet are the Quds “” The Treasure of Corcoesto “. As for the international grid “Swaraj” “Fire lines” “Stink!” “Desmond Tutu: Children of the light” “Flying of wind” “Life on hold” “Huicholes, the last guardians of peyote” “L’chaim “” Olya’s love “” A long night “” Terrorism and radicalization “” How I saved Africa “” Camp 72 “

This year the festival has the participation of over 40 national and international filmmakers and professionals who opened cineforums to air their own films to the public.
Directors coming from Argentina, USA, Ecuador, Germany, Italy, UK, Russia, Colombia, India, Korea, Mexico, Iraq, Lebanon, and also a Saharawi and Kurdish Iraq principal.

The festival will be much more than cinema: round tables, film forums and events.

In addition, debates will be organized on different environmental issues and will feature prominent speakers. A roundtable of victims of Franco-centric DNA bank and disappearances features in exhibitions from Roger Jornet Heredia, F. Xavier Pablo Menendez, Carme Barrot Freixat and Sergi Bernal. Within the framework of the Afro decade, a roundtable will address issues of integration and the fine line between positive and negative discrimination. In the table  Abuy Nfubea President of the Pan African Federation, along with Boniface Ofogo, Edwin Salcedo and Pablo Argente. Addressing the issue of the rule of law in a single panel, gatheringthe members of the various police unions, a member of the group Judges for Democracy and the Union of Journalists, to discuss the current state of division of powers in the country. Sahrawis, the oldest refugees in the world, will again be present at the Festival in a roundtable with the participation Walad Mussa delegate of the Polisario Front in Catalonia presenting Nuria Salamé, Saleh Larosi, Abdlahi Mashnan Salama, Mohamed Ahmed and Mohamed Lamin.

In another roundtable we will debate the issue of Human Rights in an independent Catalonia, where representatives from most political forces of Catalonia.

Esther Quintana, who was hit by a rubber bullet and lost one eye during a demonstration will attend as a speaker in an organized table setting to the film about their case “Your you sembla?” (To you what you think? ). To deepen the debate also we have the participation of the director and producer Pau Poch film Manubens Teresa.

We will have the presentation of the Community Festival in Ciudad Bolivar in Bogota, Colombia. Lorena Zulay Absil, one of its organizers, will share their experiences of social transformation through a neighborhood cinema.

The offer is completed with other activities such as Voices of Earth, an event of poetry, music and visual arts that will open on November 28 from 18:00 in Hall Bostik where 30 artists will participate to encourage reflection on the Human rights. The result of the exposure will remain until the end of the Festival.

These events will include meditation workshops in collaboration with Peace Revolution led by Buddhist monks in Thailand in the morning in different parts of the city.

While the festival takes place in the Girona Cinemas, it takes place in five prisons in Barcelona in order to involve the whole society in the process of reflection on human rights.

Awards

On December 10 the various prizes awarded by the Festival will be delivered once again and give recognition to directors and the themes they bravely challenge which often remain invisible.

Among the award categories are: Official Selection Short Film Award, Feature Film Official Selection Award and Human Rights Award given to an individual or entity for the promotion and protection of human rights. In this edition the latter will be awarded by energy cooperative Som Energia.
Within the Festival of Cinema and Human Rights and the Human Rights Journalism Awards consisting of Voice Award for Human Rights (radio) Lyrics Award for Human Rights (press) Look Award for Human Rights (television, digital, photo are also granted , audiovisual). Especially aimed at international awards, at risk for their work and commitment to truth and human rights groups or individuals, or local. This year the prize will reward the work of Mirada director Rahmat Afghan Haidari for his commitment to human rights and especially gender violence issues. Because of his film “The Street Wolves” which was released nationwide in the previous version of the Festival, he is persecuted by the Taliban in Afghanistan and is currently a CIE in Germany in the process to obtain political refugee status.

Amnesty International and Survival International Award

Film Festival and Human Rights of  Barcelona once again, recognises the support of Amnesty International, and the organisation will once again award a prize.  It also collaborates with the NGO Survival International, a global movement for the rights of indigenous and tribal peoples, who awarded the prize for best indigenous film. Both awards will be announced at the closing ceremony of the festival on December 10 at 20:00 in the Girona cinemas.

The Festival organization Rights Action also organizes throughout the year international exhibitions in over 30 countries in collaboration with AECID and local authorities in the respective countries. It also has its own crowdfunding platform (www.uruco.com) to promote human rights projects. It is currently under creation of a platform for video on demand (www.humanrightsfilm.com) for online display works at a fair price to the producer or director. At the same time, is an organization of direct support to film directors threatened because of their commitment to human rights. Rights Action has also created a letter which can be found here: www.cualestu compromiso.com, sent to all the political forces with the recommendations of Pablo de Greiff to know what is the commitment of our political environment on this topic.

Julian Assange 2014

Julian Assange 2014

 Barcelona Human Rights Film Festival offers a videoconference with Wikileaks leader Julian Assange

This year, Human Rights Film Festival of Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, directed by Toni Navarro and organiced by the discovered view, opens with a highlight. On October 22, opening day, Julian Assange will be with us at Cinema Girona in Barcelona via videoconference.

The festival, taking place from October 22 to November 7, start on day 22 at 5 p.m., with the inaugural screening “Mediastan”, a film shot by Wikileaks team, that reveals  the adventure of the research team in Middle East. This screening at Girona Cinemas in Barcelona will be the national premiere.

After the screening Julian Assange, victim of an international plot because of his journalistic work, which can be considered one of the bravest of the modern era and has undoubtedly transformed the whole informational paradigm worldwide, he will chat with us from his temporary residence in the Embassy of Ecuador in London, where he continues retained, accepting questions from the audience, aware of the importance of reporting crimes against human rights, the right to information and transparency.

Human Rights Film Festival of Barcelona begin its 11th edition, focused one more year on showing the best of national and international film that claim and awareness of local and world situation of Human Rights with over 120 movies.

 

Much more than cinema: Movies and parallel sections

More than 120 feature and short films awarded at Cannes, Berlin and Toronto among others festivals, will be on display for two weeks in Maldà and Girona cinemas and RAI Art space.

We’ll be able to watch national films as “Ciutat Morta”,”Quinta del Chavolo”,”Termites” “Guerrilla”,”Jambo Amani”, “Els anys robats del Xavi”, “La Cage”, and also international movies as “One day after peace” (USA),  “Niloye Nokhon”(India), “Concrete”(Korea) or “Unknown land” (Greece). All of them about the defense of Human Rights with themes like  transsexuality, feminism and freedom of expression, repression, housing rights, education, free movement of people, international conflicts …

The offer is completed with parallel activities such as concerts by musical groups in defense of social rights as Elios Ruiz, Vol Menor, Pau Saura and, that will performance at the space of artistic creation RAI ART at the opening day.

Also will be training workshops, itinerant shows and international panels of discussion. Although the headquarters are in Barcelona, the Festival keep small satellite in Paris and NYC, and the organization works with the eponymous festival in Valencia.

 

 Amnesty International and Survival International Award

The Film Festival of Barcelona and Human Rights is supported once again by Amnesty International, providing an honorific award. Also Survival International, the global movement for the rights of indigenous and tribal peoples, works with the Festival, and granted the award for best indigenous film. Both prizes will be awarded on November 7 at the space of artistic creation RAI ART.

Survival will also present “Here we go again,” an animated short film that demolishes the myth that imposing “development” to indigenous peoples helps them.

These collaborations are giving strength to the festival organizers and participants, that continues supporting and rewarding feature and short films submitted, despite the ever more scarce institutional aid.

But cinema is not the only motivation. The festival also honors the work of journalists in conflict zones where human rights are in danger, which this year will fall on Dick Emanuelsson, Swedish reported based in Colombia and now in Honduras.

All these support to the festival organized by Toni Navarro with the help of La Mirada Descubierta align themselves with the nomination last year by the International Committee of Cities against Racism (ICCAR) of UNESCO

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