SEE YOU NEXT YEAR
FOR THE 11th EDITION
MARCH 1 - 10, 2013
You can send us your movies (dvd copy) with your contact information (phone, email, mailing address) at the following address:
Festival du Film et Forum International sur les Droits Humains 16, rue Général-Dufour CP 5251 1211 Genève 11 Suisse
FIFDH PRESENTS ITS LIST OF 2012 PRIZEWINNERS
FIFDH Grand Award
Offered by the State of Geneva, SFr 10.000.-
DUCH, LE MAITRE DES FORGES DE L’ENFER
by Rithy Panh
The jury pays tribute to a cinematographic process marked by sobriety, distance, strength and a brilliantly constructed narrative that moves implacably towards an inevitable paroxysm of horror. The film is constructed like a symphony; it offers a permanent dialogue between words and images. By unanimous decision.
Barbara Hendricks Foundation Prize for Peace and Reconciliation
In memory of Sergio Vieira de Mello, SFr 5.000.-
BETTER THIS WORLD
by Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega
The film brilliantly and decisively denounces the US judicial system via a painstaking narrative that combines idealism, courage and emotion.
HEART OF SKY – HEART OF EARTH
by Frauke Sandig and Eric Black
A free and poetic film about memory and the connection between human beings and nature, marked by questions on the disappearance of a people fallen victim to globalization.
Grand Prize of the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT)
Awarded to a film-maker whose film shows their commitment in favor of human rights.
by Ekatarina Kibalchich
The film’s director reminds us that human rights violations are a reality here in Europe; a reality that must not escape our attention and needs our solidarity. Those who struggle to defend human rights in Belarus and elsewhere, including those who today are in prison because of their legitimate efforts to defend human rights, deserve our support more than ever.
Youth Jury Award
This honorary prize is awarded by a jury of five post-obligatory school students to one of the films competing for the creative documentary prize.
by Mads Brügger
The personal commitment of a director, who himself incarnates evil the better to denounce it, gives the film the original and provocative form that awakens the spectator’s critical sense.
22/02/2013 - A DISCUSSION WITH LEO KANEMAN, DIRECTOR OF THE FIFDH
Since 2003, the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH) has been held in Geneva in March to coincide with a session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Under the motto "One film. One subject. One struggle," the FIFDH will show a series of films and documentaries about contemporary human rights: violence against women, poverty, torture, international justice and climate change. View Article
17/01/2013 - FIFDH PRESENTS ITS NEW POSTER
(James Nachtwey, Nicaragua, 1984 - Relic of civil war become a monument in a park)
James Nachtwey is a great war reporter. Reporter, or rather talebearer, as many of his colleagues and friends are prompt to point out. Bringing the war back to our societies, too indifferent to the march of history, is what he has chosen to dedicate his life to. View Article
17/01/2013 - RAPE IN INDIA: POLICE FINES COUPLES AND WOMEN
In Bombay, a police squad is now in charge of giving fines to young couples and women walking alone in the streets after dark. Interviewed by the AFP, a policeman confirmed this new measure: unmarried couples and women on their own who were seen in isolated places or in park or garden corners late at night were asked not to be in this sort of place. View Article
15/01/2013 - SYRIA: SWITZERLAND CALLS ON INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE
The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAE) published a statement yesterday calling on the Security Council to refer to the International Criminal Court to increase pressure on Syria. In the statement, Swiss authorities express their full support to victims of the conflict, bringing attention to the fact that their number now reaches 60,000. This call for a referral to the ICC was supported by 56 states. View Article
14/01/2013 - RAPE IN SYRIA: ACTS OF WAR, CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY
As the French magazine Courrier International and, more recently, the AFP have emphasized, it is a weapon of unparalleled cruelty that the Syrian regime has deliberately chosen to use against its population. Rape, whether individual or collective, and often committed in front of the families of the victims, is now a major fear that leads many a Syrian family to exile. View Article