The International Human Rights Film Festival Returns to the Screens of Buenos Aires With a Focus on Gender Issues

02 de MAY, 2017

May 31st to June 7th, 2017
City of Buenos Aires

The Instituto Multimedia DerHumALC (IMD) is pleased to announce the upcoming 17th International Human Rights Film Festival (FICDH), which will take place in Buenos Aires from May 31st to June 7th. This new edition will place a special focus on gender issues, in light of the recent massive demonstrations against femicide and constant injustices regarding the freedom to make decisions about one´s own body, identity and sexuality, amongst other things. In keeping with that spirit, this year´s motto will be “Our body, our territory,”
intended to sparkle a valuable and transformative debate.

The screenings of this year´s edition will take place in the following venues: Espacio INCAA Km0 Gaumont (Av. Rivadavia 1635), Alliance Française in Buenos Aires (Sede Central Av. Córdoba 936/946), Cosmos Cinema (Av. Corrientes 2046), Paco Urondo Cultural Center (25 de Mayo 201), Haroldo Conti Cultural Centre for Memory (Av. del Libertador 8151) and the “Alicia Licha Zubasnabar de De la Cuadra” auditorium of Casa por la Identidad de Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo at Espacio Memoria (Av. del Libertador 8151).

The FICDH has received more than 800 films from all around the world. About 100 titles of different formats and genres have been selected for screening, from short- to feature-length films, from documentaries and interviews to fiction and animation, both national and international. All of these pieces deal with social issues related to the defense of human rights or the environment from diverse and unique points of view. This year, the emphasis will be on gender issues.

The official competition, which features award-eligible films, is divided into three categories: International Feature-length Films Contest, International Short- and Medium-Length Films Contest, and International Documentary Contest.

There are also five non-competitive themed sections, which include categories like Memory, Gender Views, Childhood and Youth, Migrants, Panorama, Environment (FINCA), Native Peoples and Captive Bodies.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the FICDH. To celebrate such an occasion, there will be a retrospective featuring a selection of outstanding and prize-winning short films and full-length films of the last 20 editions, titles which delve into topics that are still relevant today. The Festival will also showcase the posters of all previous editions as part of the Special Activities agenda.

Consistent with the conceptual focus of this year´s edition, the FICDH program will include a wide selection of films screened at Chile´s Festival de Cine de Mujeres (FEMCINE), the only festival in the country dedicated to gender issues. FEMCINE started back in the year 2000, as a result of the unbalanced involvement of women in cinema, both behind and in front of the cameras: on average, more than 80% of the films shown worldwide are made by male filmmakers.

Also new to this edition are the Colombian Focus, inspired by the peace talks aimed to broker a peace accord between the Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and the Mediterranean Focus, which will deal with the economic and migrant crisis that took place in 2016.

In addition to film showings, the FICDH will hold special activities, such as debates and discussions, art and photography exhibitions, a fair of sustainable products and socially-engaged associations.

The Festival will integrate the inclusive screening experience featured at the International Environmental Film Festival, also organized by the IMD, providing suitable formats for everyone to enjoy the program, even those who are visually and/or hearing impaired.

Who organizes the International Human Rights Film Festival?

The International Human Rights Film Festival is an initiative of the Instituto Multimedia DerHumALC (which stands for Multimedia Institute of Human Rights in Latin America and the Caribbean, abbreviated IMD), a non-profit association that aspires to strengthen the engagement in and study of human rights issues from the standpoint of civil society. The IMD is also responsible for organizing the International Environmental Film Festival (FINCA).

Conceived as a center for the investigation, study, teaching and awareness of Human Rights issues, the IMD aims to create a space to gather, share and spread works about the subject by using multimedia and audiovisual resources offered by new technologies.

Where can I get more information about it?

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