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FIFDH GENEVA 2024

FIFDH unveils its copious line-up

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- Buoyed this year by a co-directorial team, the Genevan festival will once again leverage the power of film to explore burning issues

FIFDH unveils its copious line-up
The Teacher by Farah Nabulsi

Unspooling between 8 and 17 March, the 22nd edition of the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH) will be benefit from a new three-headed directorial team composed of the dynamic Leila Alonso Huarte and Laura Longobardi (editorial co-directors) in addition to Guillaume Noyé who’ll be taking over the role of operational and administrative director. As enthused by the three co-directors themselves, it’s a structural change which is perfectly in step with a socially engaged festival which is always looking to improve on itself.

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Despite the highly troubling times we’re currently living through, the two editorial co-directors stress that the FIFDH doesn’t want to slide into unproductive gloom. On the contrary, it wants to try to find, in all this upheaval, an opportunity to reinvent itself and "to allow for the emergence of new perspectives". In this process, "the FIFDH is examining the role of images and of the representation of these changes, by gathering together all those who are thinking about collective solutions and who remind us of the need to act". Among these voices is that of Angela Davis, a leading figure in the fight for civil rights who will take part in a discussion in relation to a French film which has been selected in the Focus Competition, The Flag by Joseph Paris. Other guests at the Forum include Aminata Dramane Traoré, George Monbiot, Philippe Poutou, Claire Nouvian and Bernard Harcourt.

Numerous European productions and co-productions have been selected in the various competitions gracing the festival this year. These include world premières of An Unfinished Journey by Amie Williams and Aeyliya Husain, and Of Caravan and the Dogs by Askold Kurov and anonyme 1, both of which will feature in the Focus Competition. It’s impossible, in the current context, not to lend a voice to filmmakers who happen to be direct witnesses of the war in the Near East, including Anglo-Palestinian director Farah Nabulsi with her movie The Teacher [+see also:
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(Fiction Competition) and the director hailing from Gaza and now living in Norway Mohamed Jabaly with Life Is Beautiful [+see also:
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(Creative Documentaries Competition).

On the subject of documentaries, the Competition is also set to showcase A Day, 365 Hours [+see also:
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by Eylem Kaftan, the two Swiss (co)productions God is a Woman [+see also:
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interview: Andrés Peyrot
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by Andrés Peyrot and The Hearing [+see also:
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by Lisa Gerig, Where God Is Not [+see also:
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interview: Mehran Tamadon
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by Mehran Tamadon, and the two movies co-produced with the UK Name Me Lawand [+see also:
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by Edward Lovelace and The Walk [+see also:
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by Tamara Kotevska. And that’s without forgetting Photophobia [+see also:
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interview: Ivan Ostrochovský, Pavol Pe…
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by Ivan Ostrochovsky and Pavol Pekarčik, and 1489 [+see also:
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by Shoghakat Vardanyan.

The Fiction Competition, meanwhile, will offer up Italy’s There Is Still Tomorrow [+see also:
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by Paola Cortellesi, the Italian-Swiss animation Nowhere [+see also:
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by Simone Massi, Green Border [+see also:
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by Agnieszka Holland, The Cage is Looking for a Bird [+see also:
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interview: Malika Musaeva
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by Malika Musaeva, Goodbye Julia [+see also:
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interview: Mohamed Kordofani
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by Mohamed Kordofani, The Settlers [+see also:
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interview: Felipe Gálvez
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by Felipe Gálvez and Omen [+see also:
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interview: Baloji
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by musician and artist Baloji.

Last but not least, the Focus Competition will boast international premières of Tax Wars by Hege Dehli and Xavier Harel, and Who If Not Us? The Fight for Democracy in Belarus by Juliane Tutein, as well as screening Another Body by Sophie Compton and Reuben Hamlyn, Limits of Europe [+see also:
interview: Apolena Rychlíková
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 by Apolena Rychlíková, Total Trust [+see also:
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by Jialing Zhang, Searching for Nika by Stanislav Kapralov and Our Land, Our Freedom by Meena Nanji and Zippy Kimundu.

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(Translated from French)

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