The Voice of the Voiceless: when it’s showtime
The use of celebrities to raise the visibility and media profile of a humanitarian crisis has become common practice among major international organizations. By engaging the services of the rich and famous, the United Nations aims to give exposure, a face and a voice to causes that otherwise escape the political agenda and international public debate. But what authority do stars have to address the Security Council after only being on the ground for a photo op? Can we accept this appropriation of the voice of the victims, who live through humanitarian crises and wars on a daily basis? If it is easy to listen to someone who speaks out on behalf of victims who have been silenced, it is also time to question this invisibility.
Lost & Found and What They Took With Them are two short films produced by the Office of the High Commissioner for refugees illustrating how we can reveal or suppress the calls of the voiceless.
Wednesday 11 March
Espace Pitoëff - Grande salle
Co-presented with the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Martin Ennals Foundation
Pietro Mona Ambassador for Development, Forced Displacement and Migration (DFA)
Jeff Crisp Researcher at the Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford University, former Head of Policy development and evaluation at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Melissa Fleming Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications at United Nations.
Abdul Aziz Muhamat Refugees advocate and 2019 Martin Ennals Prize winner.
Alaa Salah Ali Taha Activist, symbol of the Sudanese Revolution
Catherine-Lune Grayson Policy Advisor, ICRC
Lost and Found
by Orlando Von Einsiedel
Lost And Found, directed by Academy Award winner Orlando von Einsiedel (The White Helmets, Virunga), tells the story of Kamal Hossain, a Rohingya refugee who has dedicated his life to reuniting children with their parents.
- Section: Thematic film
- Original language: Burmese
- Subtitles: English & French
Orlando Von Einsiedel
- Mark Bauch
- Harri Grace
- Dan Lin
- Marcus Cammack
Myanmar & United Kingdom