Jean-Pierre Kapp


Jean-Pierre Kapp is a correspondent for the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) focusing on international organizations and economics in Switzerland. Born in 1954 in Bern, Kapp studied ethnology, sociology and comparative theology in Basel. From 1984 to 1988 he was the CEO of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Pakistan (during the Afghan conflict), Iraq (visits to Iranian prisoners of war) and Ethiopia, where he organized the distribution of humanitarian assistance to victims of famine in the province of Tigray. He was then a journalist at the Telegraph Agency Switzerland (ATS) and correspondent for the NZZ and the Süddeutsche Zeitung in Geneva. Kapp was also a correspondent for the NZZ in Southern Africa where he covered South Africa, Zimbabwe, Angola, Namibia and other African countries from 2003 to 2009. In addition, he worked for the missions of the World Food Programme (WFP) in Uganda and Liberia as a communications expert. 



Jean-François Amiguet 


Jean -François Amiguet was born in 1950 in Vevey, Switzerland. After completing a degree in Political Science at the University of Lausanne, he transitioned to cinema and worked as a technician on several films for directors Alain Tanner, Marcel Schüpbach and Yves Yersin. During this time, he produced a series of short documentaries before embarking on a trilogy of feature films : « Alexandre » (featured at the Locarno Film Festival, 1983), « The Meridian » (Un Certain Regard, Cannes 1988) with Christine Scott Thomas and the « Public Writer » (Youth Jury , Locarno 1993). He is also the author of numerous documentary productions for « Passe-moi les jumelles », « Temps Présent », « Viva », « Les Grands Entretiens » (Télévision Suisse Romande, RTS) and « Debra Milke » (FIFDH 2010). In 1991, he co-founded the production company Zagora Films SA with Bertrand Liechti, the producer of his feature length fiction film, « South of the Clouds » (Youth Jury, Locarno 2003) and « Wild » (2009).





Rachida Brakni 


Born on February 15, 1977 in Paris to Algerian parents, Rachida Brakni studied law before pursuing her passion for theater and film. She began her studies at Asnieres Studio Theatre and then continued her training at the National Conservatory for Theatre in Paris. Brakni later enrolled in a residency program at the Comédie- Française where she performed in plays such as " Ruy Blas ", that earned her a Molière Award in 2002.  Her successful early career on stage earned her roles in films including "Une couleur café " (1997). Brakni will be presented with the César Award for Best Actress for her moving role as a prostitute in "Chaos", following more than 25 roles in film such as " The Outremangeur " (2003) or " Neuilly sa mère " (2009). Brakni’s commitment to the fight against breast cancer has been internationally recognized, with her photos appearing in the September 2009 issue of Marie Claire magazine.



Joumana Haddad


Joumana Haddad is a leading feminist figure in the Arab world. Professor at the Lebanese American University in Beirut and Executive Editor of the Arab literary magazine, Jasad, Haddad also serves as a member of the Committee for the International Prize for Arab Fiction. Since 1998, she has published books of poetry and novels, which have been translated into numerous languages. Haddad is a strong advocate in the field of women’s rights in the Middle East, and her works have been recognized by major figures in the literary world, including Nobel Prize laureates Jelinek and Mario Vargas Llosa.



Mark Gibney


Mark Gibney is the Belk Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina-Asheville and a consultant at the Peace Research Institute of Oslo. Honoured for his work in 2011 as a Distinguished Human Rights Scholar by the American Political Science Association, he is a renowned scholar in the field of human rights. Gibney currently serves as the Chair of the Academic Freedom Committee and Chair of the Human Rights Section of the International Studies Association. Since 1984, Gibney has directed the Political Terror Scale, which measures physical integrity violations in more than 185 countries and is also one of the founding members of the Extraterritorial Obligations Human Rights Consortium. Gibney’s recently published book, « Watching Human Rights » is devoted to reviewing and analyzing films on human rights, and has analyzed more than 100 of the finest human rights films ever made.