Film festival concludes

December 14, 2019

Islamabad : The 5th edition of the ‘Human Rights Reel -- Film Festival’ concluded with the marking the Human Rights Day in Islamabad.The closing ceremony of the festival and...

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Islamabad : The 5th edition of the ‘Human Rights Reel -- Film Festival’ concluded with the marking the Human Rights Day (HRD) in Islamabad.

The closing ceremony of the festival and commemoration of the HRD was co-organised by the Embassy of Switzerland and United Nations in Pakistan. The theme of this year’s HRD was ‘Youth Standing Up for Human Rights,’ says a press release.

The objective of the film festival was to amplify the importance and enhance knowledge about the universality and diversified nature of the human rights issues among Pakistani audience especially the Youth through the creative medium of films.

The participants watched the investigative film, ‘Dick Marty, a Scream for Justice,’ in the closing event. The director, Fulvio Bernasconi, who was also invited to participate, built the story of the film on a breathless investigation and the portrait of this quite extraordinary man. The screening was followed by an interactive moderated panel discussion among the Youth and experts on law, justice and human rights. The panelists included: Fulvio Bernasconi, Director of film; Sibah Farooq, Senior Partner at S&S Law Associates and Kamran Rajar, Director-General of the Ministry of Human Rights.

The festival toured through 10 cities in Pakistan including Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Gujrat, Karachi, Quetta, Peshawar, Mardan, Multan and Faisalabad from 1-10 December 2019.

Partnership with the European Union delegation to Pakistan, EU and UN member states and diplomatic missions, as well as the cultural, government and educational institutions made the 5th edition of the film festival a tremendous success. The screenings showed multicultural dimensions of the human rights challenges faced by people from across the globe and were screened with the hope that these films and thematic debate sessions have helped people, particularly youth, to understand diversity and the universality of the human rights issues and have guided them ways to take actions in support of the human rights for themselves and for everyone.

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