ON FRIDAY, THE 8th OF MARCH, The Festival FIFDH (Festival du film et forum international sur les droits humains) will open in Geneva.
This leading international event dedicated to film and human rights has been taking place in the heart of Geneva, the human rights capital, for the past 15 years to coincide with the annual main session of the UN Human Rights Council in March.
The Festival offers a selection of films and debates, readings, conferences, photography, a hackathon, illustrations and theatre, as well as activities for our younger audiences, in 62 locations in Greater Geneva and French-speaking Switzerland.
“In a troubled and turbulent world, where human rights seem to be in decline, this 17th edition of the FIFDH honours powerful agents of change. Worldwide, in the face of unacceptable situations, they dare to raise their voices. Through these voices, we will question new forms of artistic, political and collective resistance, always bearing in mind openness, desire, and freedom of tone.”
– Isabelle Gattiker, director of the FIFDH
This edition will open on March 8th on the occasion of International Women’s Day, with a film dedicated to Nadia Murad, Nobel Peace Prize 2018, in the presence of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet and Swiss Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Pascale Baeriswyl. Three human rights defenders, Hajer Sharief (Libya), Tatiana Pechonchyk (Ukraine) and Sareta Ashraph (Iraq), will highlight the obstacles encountered in their daily struggles.
Opening event: Théâtre Pitoëff
Rue de Carouge 52 – 1211 Genève
Various venues across Geneva.