Human Rights Through Cinematography – 2017

At the UN Information Centre we are proud to announce that the 3rd edition of the film festival ‘Human Rights through Cinematography’ will run from November 23 to December 10, 2017. In collaboration with several partners we will screen 25 documentaries in Gujrat, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Peshawar, Quetta, and Rawalpindi. The documentaries are focused on human rights violations across the world, including migration, refugees, freedom of expression, child abuse, human trafficking, drug abuse, people living with disabilities, rights of transgender people, violence against women, peace building, and the death penalty, among many others. The strength of this festival is the joint work of the partners, who have grown considerably in number for this edition. In fact, in addition to many member states including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, the European Union, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the International Film Festival and Forum of Human Rights, this year we warmly welcome the Goethe-Institute and the Pakistan National Council of Arts.

One of the main shared goals of ‘Human Rights through Cinematography’ is to increase knowledge of human rights among Pakistani youth. We are therefore very proud to have solid support from many universities across the country, including the University of Gujrat; the Institute of Business Administration, the Institute of Business Management and Habib University in Karachi; the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, the International Islamic University and the Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad; the National College of Arts and the University of the Punjab in Lahore; the Bahaudin Zakariya University in Multan; the University of Peshawar; and the University of Balochistan in Quetta; Arid and Agriculture University and Fatima Jinnah Women University in Rawalpindi.

The opening event of the film festival will be hosted on 23 November by the Embassy of Switzerland. The festival will come to an end on 10 December, on Human Rights Day, with a special event organized in partnership by the European Union, the Embassy of Switzerland and UNIC. The event will mark the launch of “Human Rights Film Tour”, a global event to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, jointly developed by the International Film Festival and the Forum of Human Rights, the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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