The International Human Rights Film Festival (FICDH) aims to create a place for discussion and reflection on human rights issues through art in the form of documentary, fiction and animation works within the framework of critical, socially-engaged filmmaking. Organized by the Instituto Multimedia DerHumALC-IMD, the FICDH celebrates its 17th edition this year, to be held from May 31 until June 7, 2017, in more than 10 main venues in the City of Buenos Aires and one secondary venue in La Plata.
For this edition of the Festival, it is of utmost importance that we focus on the issue of gender, in light of recent mass demonstrations against femicides and the ongoing injustices in connection with our freedom to decide over our own bodies, identities and sexualities. This is why this year’s slogan is “Our body, our territory”, taking a proactive, transformative approach to this discussion.
Over 100 pictures will be shown, including feature, short and medium-length films, as well as documentaries. Our program includes films from 33 different countries, 17 from Argentina, 46 from Latin America, 39 from Europe, as well as others from Iran, Armenia, India, Jordan, Israel, Thailand and Myanmar, divided into the following sections: Gender Views, FINCA-Environment, Memory, Childhood and Youth, Migrants, Panorama, Native Peoples, Captive Bodies and our traditional Schools section.
In line with our Festival’s theme this year, we have included in our program a variety of films from the Chile-based Women's Film Festival-FEMCINE, the only festival in that country centered upon the unequal participation of women in film. One of the oldest documentary film festivals in the world, DOK Leipzig, will also have its place in this FICDH. This edition also includes a Focus section dedicated to Colombia, following peace dialogues and the peace agreement between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) as well as a Mediterranean Focus, bringing to our program works that address some of the most recent migrant and economic crises.
As part of our Special Activities, the FICDH will be holding, once again, several panel discussions, art and photography exhibitions, a sustainable products market, and a concert, among other events.
Building on our experience at the International Environmental Film Festival (FINCA), also organized by the IMD, we will have accessible screenings to show films adapted for all audiences, including people with hearing and/or visual disability, so everyone can enjoy our program.
This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the FICDH. To celebrate this, we have put together a retrospective section spanning 20 years of award-winning short and feature films within our Festival, addressing issues that are still relevant nowadays. This 17th edition will celebrate a rich history of struggle, commitment and accomplishments.