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 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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