The FIFDH revolted by the ASSAULT ON the Charlie Hebdo Headquarters
Deeply upset, the FIFDH would like to express its solidarity to the Charlie Hebdo editorial office and pay tribute to all the victims of this slaughter as well as their families. Among the dead are illustrators and cartoonists Cabu, Charb, Tignous and Wolinski. The latter, armed only with his talent, his humour and his pencil, had attended the FIFDH to condemn hatred and human rights violations.
The FIFDH strives for the defense and respect of all individuals, and freedom of expression is one its main components. Through these murders, it is freedom of expression, the home of illustrations and caricatures, which has stabbed. The satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo was a partner of the festival between 2008 and 2010.
13th Edition, from February 27th to March 8th, 2015
REDA KATEB TO JOIN THE FIFDH FOR A MASTERCLASS
The FIFDH is pleased to announce the presence of Reda Kateb at this year’s 2015 edition! Kateb will give a Masterclass on Feb. 27 (time to be confirmed), organized in partnership with Function: Cinema, the Grütli Cinema and Grütli Theatre. He will also present Cutter Hodierne’s “Fishing Without Nets”. Reda Kateb, now a strong figure of french cinema, has emerged in recent years as one of the most talented actors of his generation. A revelation in Jacques Audiard’s “A Prophet” alongside Tahar Rahim, he was also particularly notable in “Zero Dark Thirty” by Kathryn Bigelow (five Academy Award nominations), Guillaume Gallienne’s “Me, Myself and Mum” (César Award for Best Film ) and “Lost River”, the first film of Ryan Gosling (selected at Cannes in 2014). We were recently able to see Kateb at the Grütli Cinema in “Hippocrates” by Thomas Lilti. In addition, he is currently featured on the poster of “Far from Men” alongside Viggo Mortensen, released in theaters in Geneva on January 21st.
ISABELLE GATTIKER, NEW GENERAL DIRECTOR OF THE FIFDH
“It is for me a challenge and an honor to take over the direction of the FIFDH, one of the leading events of the international and cultural Geneva, succeeding Léo Kaneman. Under my lead, the FIFDH, bringing together film festival and forum, will continue to develop as a place of dialogue and denunciation at the heart of international Geneva, and facing the United Nations. A unique platform which also promotes the work of filmmakers and artists, well-known or worth discovering, who reveal human rights violations and calls out to us due to their vision and intelligence. In these times of recession, the Festival will embrace new locations, new means of expression, and extend its influence. While keeping its “A film, a subject, a debate” at the Festival’s heart, the reflection is open to winning over new audiences, offering new forms of debate, and new places to study. A reflection to which we invite all our partners and the public, in order to maintain our role as a mirror of the world and its complexity.” Isabelle Gattiker
LEO KANEMAN LEAVES HIS POSITION AS GENERAL
DIRECTOR OF THE FIFDH. HE STAYS WITH THE FESTIVAL AS HONORARY PRESIDENT AND THEMATIC ADVISOR CAPACITY.
“As you have read in the press, I have decided to leave my position as general director of the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH), the festival I created and directed for 12 years. But I continue to strive for human rights within the Festival. The Comity of the Association of the FIFDH, during its general assembly, named me Honorary President of the FIFDH. The second role I was given is that of Thematic Advisor. As written in the front page of Le Temps, a Swiss newspaper of reference, in March 2013, “The FIFDH is a reflection of the best that international Geneva has to offer.” At this time of assessment for my engagement, I believe I can say that it is most positive. With its reputation, the FIFDH has contributed to the influence of Geneva, international capital of human rights. Another great satisfaction, in my eyes, is the growing interest of new generations for our Festival. In response to those who claim that our youth is apathetic, we can confirm that the great influx of a young spectators at the Festival has proven the opposite. The youth who attends our Festival is looking for meaning. They are interested in the way the world’s progress and are sensitive to the suffering of others, all over the globe. This young participation at FIFDH is my greatest source of pride.” Leo Kaneman