NEW DELHI: A hard hitting and thought provoking film
festival on human rights, the Flashpoint Human Rights
Film Festival, is to be held in Mumbai coinciding with
the Human Rights Day on 10 December.
held from 8 to 10 December at the Alliance Francaise
auditorium at Marine Lines, the festival will bring
together eight extraordinary films from around the world
that deal with human rights issues - human trafficking
& child prostitution; war crimes; religious fundamentalism,
homophobia, violence against women, death penalty, forced
movies will shock you and wake you up to the new realities
that we all must understand and counter. The Flashpoint
Human Rights film festival will hurl you into the hearts
and the lives of those brave people who had the audacity
to stand up alone against the tyranny of the oppressor,
said filmmaker and rights activist Mahesh Bhatt, who
will inaugurate the festival on 8 December.
known theatre person Dolly Thakore will also be a Guest
of Honour at the opening ceremony.
eight films set in Algeria, Cambodia, China, Cuba, Iran,
Italy, Nepal and the Gaza strip show how brave human
rights defenders campaign for justice and human rights,
often paying a very high price for their work. These
activists and/or their organizations play a crucial
role in the worldwide protection and promotion of human
rights, said Taco Ruighaver, director of Movies
That Matter Film festival, Netherlands, with whose support
this festival has been organised.
from screening of films, there will be panel discussions
on urgent and important topics like human trafficking
and inadequacy of the law, violence against
women and religious intolerance with
eminent filmmakers Kalpana Lajmi, Bishakha Datta &
Vinta Nanda; rights activists Priti Patkar & Flavia
Agnes and advocates Maharukh Adenwala, PA Sebastian
& Colin Gonsalves.
three-day film festival is being organised by Solaris
Pictures (Mumbai), Magic Lantern Foundation (New Delhi),
and Movies That Matter (Netherlands).
festival will later be held in New Delhi from 20 to
22 January, 2011.