IMG_0164The action that took place the 9th May 2013 covered the streets of Barcelona, from Plaza Cataluña to Plaza de Sant Felip Neri, following the critical spirit of the Russian government’s authoritarian policies which made the group famous. At present, three of the group’s members are serving prison term for protesting against the Orthodox Church’s support for Putin’s government.

Natalia Garustovich and Imanol Tolaretxipi, founders of the theatre company “Teatro Ruso-Barcelonés are behind the performance through which they wanted to express the difficulty in fighting for human rights in a current context, while at the same time criticizing the role which the government and the Church represent. This is represented as “an evil atmosphere with false religious sentiments, mixed with the power of the state”, which the actors, dressed as members of Pussy Riot try to get rid of unsuccessfully. Consumed by society’s power flow and homogenization alignment, the activists succumb to an impersonal dance and then vanish under a white cloth, which symbolizes their efforts fading away. Despite everything, hope resurges with a dance called “baile de la libertad” (“Dance of Freedom”), which ends the performance. This is not the first time this group delve into social criticism.
After some performances based on the works of Chejov and Alexander Pushkin, they complete their repertoire with a theatrical performance denouncing the death penalty in Belarus. As such, this performance hopes to be an act of vindication of freedom and condemns oppression that is practised by any form of power, political, religious or economical.

This critical line will continue throughout the entire festival, with screenings of both national and international films with diverse formats and different themes, but all of them share a common denominator: To denounce violations of human rights and to defend a fair society.


No darse por vencido 2The writers of the documentary “No darse por vencido” (Don’t Give Up), Susana Arbizu, Henri Belin and Daniel Serrano talk to us about their work which is about recovering democratic memory in our country:

We would like to dedicate this screening to Daniel Serrano, the main character of our documentary, to his struggle, to his fight which to this day have been in vain, and to all the associations and families who keep fighting to recover the memory of their family.

Our encounter with Daniel was one of the deciding factors in creating this film, not just because of the strength and energy that at 93 years of age this man was able to channel towards us in order to continue with this project, but also his fighting spirit, which pushed us to look for a narrative thread, far from questions of victimhood that we see all too often.

We wanted to paint the scene of a story of true resistance, without creating a romantic or nostalgic evocation of the republican past that Daniel talks to us about. We preferred to talk about the present and to insist, above all, that the Transition to Democracy is the turning point for society to begin to forget and thereby draw a watermark of contemporary Spain.

Learn more about the film which will be screened next Saturday 28th at 20:30 at Cines Girona: http://www.festivaldecineyderechoshumanos.com/es/films/no-darse-por-vencido/


 

The Human Rights Film Festival of Barcelona will celebrate its tenth year from the 16th to the 26th of May. A new feature to the program this year will be training workshops which will be held in different locations at the Pati Llimona Civic Centre lead by renowned international film directors competing in the festival.

The seminars, varying in duration and format are aimed at both students and professionals in the film industry who want to bring new perspectives to the filmmaking process, above all, the influence film can have in awakening the conscience and the rise in genres focusing on social and political causes. These parallel activities will complement the screening of films and conferences which normally take place at the festival. Almost all of the workshops will consist of a small part theory and discussion before putting the participants filming skills, knowledge and personal projects into practice.


FOTO2Considered as a multi-talented, experimental artist, his work starts with an idea and ends up by appreciated by everyone who sees the result. For him, the audience is the most important “One thing in this profession that motivates me the most is that you never stop learning and evolving.” Enric Llevat is an artist, historian, and librarian from Tarragona. With a degree from The School of Art and Design at Tarragona, he has presented many exhibitions all over the country and internationally, such as at The Cow Parade, Barcelona.

He will now present “7 hearts”, a retrospective from Human Rights Film Festival’s tenth year. The exhibition will be open to the public from the 16th of May at the festival’s central venue, the Patí Llimona Civic Centre in Barcelona.

The essence of the montage is made up of 4000 envelopes sent in to the festival from all over the world. “It captures the drawing technique, the sculpturing and the installation, while at the same time playing with the space at the civic centre”.

Su obra pretende ir más allá de una exposición, apuesta por qué el espectador reflexione sobre la obra y sus orígenes: “el arte está en cosas muy sencillas que sutilmente te hacen un clik, una cosa sencilla que te descubre un mundo o que te fascina o que te marca e impresiona”.

His work aims to stretch the boundaries of art exhibitions, such that the audience can reflect on the work and its origins: “Art expresses simple details which subtly make you click. It is a simple thing which lets you discover a different world that fascinates or inspires you and leaves an impression”.

 


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THE HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL OF BARCELONA CELEBRATES ITS 10TH YEAR

From the 16th to the 26th May, more than 100 films belonging to fiction, animation and documentary genres will be screened in Girona and Maldà cinemas. The program will include a series of parallel activities such as exhibitions, round tables, travelling exhibitions and training workshops. The festival has been recognized by UNESCO as a model in the fight against the various forms of discrimination and racism. To show films that make us think, awaken our conscience, denounce injustice and reflect the social and cultural diversity of humanity. This is the objective of The Human Rights Film Festival, which will celebrate its tenth annual festival this year.

The festival will kick off on Thursday 16th at 16:00 in Girona Cinemas with a screening of the documentary “La tinta negra” (Black Ink) by Sebastian Arabia with a special appearance from the film’s lead character- judge Baltasar Garzón, recognized internationally for his fight against violations of human rights. Over the ten days from the 16th to 26th May, a total of 110 films, selected from more than 5000 entries will be screened in Girona and Maldà cinemas.

During its tenth festival, The Human Rights Film Festival of Barcelona, directed by Toni Navarro and organized by La Mirada Descubierta remains faithful to its double commitment- on one hand, strengthening respect for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by spreading these works, and the collective search for sustainable humanity. As proof of this commitment, UNESCO, through ICCAR (International Coalition of Cities Against Racism) has recognized the festival in two occasions as a paradigm for the city of Barcelona in its fights against the various forms of discrimination and racism.

Defending human rights is not limited to one genre, which is why this competition infuses fiction, animation and documentary from both the short and feature film section. Some of the films that can be seen at the festival are- “From Teherán to London” by Mania Akbari, “Los Dioses de verdad Tienen huesos” by David Alfaro and Belén Santons, “Mariposas en el hierro” by Bertha Gaztelumendi, “Wild and Precious” by Bill Mousoulis, “La Maleta de Marta” by Günter Schwaiger, “Silent Youth” by Diem Kemmesies among many more.

Contending films will be competing for the official prizes- “Best Short Film” and “Best Feature Film”, which will be awarded by the festival’s organizing committee. Amnesty International and Survival International will also present two honorary awards.

The program will include a series of parallel activities:

As a new feature, this year, the festival will benefit from two alternative venues- The Quatre Camins and Brians II Penitentiaries, as well as the Care and Monitoring Centre for Drug Addiction (CAS Baluard) where there will be a closed-door screening of a selection of the films of the festival. This feature gives those who otherwise would have difficulty, access to this culture.

What’s more, there will be keynote speeches and round tables by renowned national and international speakers, such as Vicenç Navarro, representatives of organizations with a key interest in human rights such as Ojo por Ojo, la Plataforma Afectados por la Hipoteca (Platform of those affected by the Subprime mortgage crisis), Stop Balas de Goma, Brigadas Internacionales por la Paz (Peace Brigades International) and ex members of Régimen FIES (A monitoring system used by the Spanish Penitentiary Administration).

The festival will also be showing the play “El ruido de los huesos que crujen” (The Sound of Creaking Bones) by the theatre company Almaradas in the Sala Beckett theatre on the 20th and 21st of May.

The Pati Llimona Civic Centre will be a prominent venue during the festival. On one side, it will be home to one of the new activities taking place this year- training workshops which will be run by notable international directors competing in the festival. On the other side, it is the venue for this year’s retrospective exhibition, “7 Hearts”. Created by the artist Enric Salvat, this display features mail art from 5000 envelopes sent in to the festival from all over the world. What’s more, on the 25th and 26th of May a conference will be held with The Sahara desert as the focal topic.

The festival will also collaborate with Human Right Tattoo, an art project to create awareness and underline the importance of Human Rights. This project has already participated in other exhibitions, such as the Dutch festival, Movies that Matter.

For the second year running, the festival will benefit from corresponding offices in New York and Paris, where a selection of film entries will be screened in East Harlem Presents and in Le Comptoir Général respectively. Additionally, throughout the year the competition will continue to organize travelling exhibitions at an international level at international cultural festivals in over 30 countries. Supported by last year’s unprecedented success, where 112 films, selected from a total of 3000 entries received from all over the world were screened, this year the festival remains faithful to its commitment to spreading and actively protecting human rights. This promises to offer yet another quality festival that reflects the difficult realities which in many cases are unknown and at the same time establishes a framework to reflect on and discuss injustices and human diversity.

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