13th Edition, from February 27th to March 8th, 2015
edward snowden live AT THE FIFDH
Edward Snowden made a live appearance last night during the debate "Cybersurveillance : a call for action" co-presented with Amnesty International.
He explained his approach "For me it was not a question of courage but of necessity" and expressed his hope for asylum in Switzerland. He asserted his love for his country, the United States, by underlining that "patriotism is not a question of love for government. Patriotism is about loving your country. [...] People who really love their country are the people who stand up and say when things are going wrong and they try to put them right".
LAST WEEKEND AT THE FIFDH
The 13th edition of the FIFDH is drawing to a close, but there is still lots to discover! Here are the last events not to be missed:
Today, the Pitoëff Theatre welcomes a public symposium on the animated documentary film, between case study and round table, organized with the support of the Federal Office of Culture. Tonight will be the occasion to discover the international premiere of La France est notre Patrie (France is our Mother Country), a powerful and original film on the past of Cochin China, in the presence of director Rithy Panh.
Also tonight, the film-discussion Whistleblowers: Guilty or heroes, co-presented with the World Organization Against Torture, will question the fate of whistleblowers. Earlier in the evening, When Children take over their own destiny, co-presented with the city of Geneva, will be an opportunity to debate over child labour in the world.
On Saturday, March 7th, the shocking documentary Generation Maidan: A Year of War & Revolution will precede a discussion on the current situation in Ukraine and the responsibility of the Russian government. The films rewarded by our International Jurys will be revealed during the closing night ceremony, before the screening of The President by celebrated Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf. The award winners will be screened on Sunday, March 8th at the Grütli theaters.
The festival ends on this Sunday, March 8th, on International Women’s Day. For this occasion, the FIFDH proposes a programme celebrating the engagement of women throughout the world, with three exceptional film events: The Role of Women in the Peace Process, Women musicians, women activists, and Afghanistan: when women step out of the shadows.
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The festival has begun !
The festival kicked off yesterday, during an opening ceremony that paid a beautiful tribute to Charlie Hebdo and cartoonists over the world, in which Patrick Chappatte communicated a video message and the filmCaricaturistes, fantassins de la démocratie was projected in the presence of the director.
Reda Kateb, César 2015 of the best male supporting role, was also present in Geneva. Having presented his masterclass at the Pitoëff Theatre, he introduced Cutter Hodierne’s Fishing Without Nets, an award-winner at Sundance and selected in our "Fiction and human rights" competition.
The festival is up-and-running, and we at FIFDH look forward to seeing you during the festival !