Which Human Rights? Film Festival, 6-10 December 2011

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Women's rights on the screen

The second edition of Which Human Rights? organized by Documentarist will take place between December 8th-11th, 2010 and will include events such as a panel session, a theatre forum and speeches, together with an interesting program of film screenings. The main theme of the program this year concerns “violence against women”.

Aung San Suu Kyi

Among many other multi-awarded documentaries the viewers will be able to watch an outstanding film on Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmanese female freedom fighter; also the story of exiled Uyghur leader Rabiya Kadeer; further more the account of the the tragic death of Rachel Corrie, an American activist who was crashed to death by an Israeli bulldozer in Palestine, a brand new short documentaryt on Pinar Selek, a feminist and peace activist who has been labeled as a “bomber” for 11 years confronting the demand of life sentence, and yet another Turkish premiere of the Rachel Corriehighly aclaimed Swedish film, “Blood Calls You” regarding the domestic violence that the director herself was subjected to.

A shocking documentary by a well-known video-artist Hito Steyerl, entitled “November”, will also be presented for the first time in Turkey, which is a requiem to the director's best friend Andrea Wolf who was killed as a PKK member in the '90s. The program also includes yet another remarkable film on the injustice that Iranian women face in the current political system entitled “Women in Shroud”, while “September 12” is a compilation of memories of ordinary people who experienced the coup d'etat of September 12th in Turkey. Finally the viewers who did not have a chance to see the hit of Documentarist 2010, “Jaffa, The Orange's Clockwork” by Eyal Sivan, will have the opportunity to watch it.

Documentarist this year decided to hold a panel session on the “fight against the violence towards women” with the participation of various representatives of women organizations, since domestic violence became a very common problem in contemporary Turkey. Within the same framework, different film collectives will have a chance to present and discuss their own films, plus an interactive forum theatre will be staged by housekeepers in order to find ways of dealing with violence they face at work.

Which Human Rights? is supported bt the General Consulate of The Nertherlands, the General Consulate of Sweden, the Embassy of Denmark and the Friedrich Ebert Fund. All the activities have free admission and the events will take place in Dutch Chapel, Cezayir and Tutun Deposu.

This year's "Which Human Rights?" program dedicated to Irom Sharmila, the 'iron lady of Manipur'

"My Body, My Weapon", by Kavita Joshi, 2007
(From the "Why Democracy?" series which was part of the very first edition of Documentarist in 2008)