70th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights: 4th edition of ‘Human Rights through Cinematography Film Festival’ kicks off in Islamabad

Islamabad, 25 November, 2018: Dedicated to the 70th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the 4th edition of the human rights film festival, hosted by the European Union kicks off at the Pakistan National Council of Arts, (PNCA) in Islamabad.

Aiming at providing a window to the universally human rights challenges to the Pakistani people, the festival presents 27 award winning documentaries on human rights issues from around the world, such as freedom of expression, gender equality, access to justice, minority rights and death penalty.

Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain graced the event as the Chief Guest.

The opening ceremony featured the screening of film ‘Freedom for the Wolf,’ by Rupert Russel which investigates ‘illiberal democracies’. It explained how a new generation of elected leaders dismantling freedom and democracies in many parts of the world.

Followed by the screening, a debate on the issues of democracy and human rights was held among the young participants and experts including Member of National Assembly Maleeka Bokhari, academic and journalist Harris Khalique, and human rights activist Marvi Sirmed.

Running from 25 November to 10 December, the film festival is led by the European Union (EU) United Nations Pakistan and in partnership with a large number of member states of the EU, Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS), Pakistan National Council of Arts, (PNCA), the Centaurus Cineplex, and educational and cultural institutions.

The screenings will be held simultaneously in nine cities of Pakistan, including Gujrat, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Multan, Islamabad, Karachi, Peshawar, Charsada and Quetta. Screening venues include universities, embassies, Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services, and cultural spaces such as Goethe-Institute, PNCA, Pakistan Chowk Community Centre and OLOMOPOLO Media.

A large number of representatives from the diplomatic community, NGOs, media, United Nations and students from the universities attended the event and took part in the panel discussion.

The screenings are open to the public. (#)