Activists, New Generation ! Emergency activism

They are aged between 18 and 25 and have become human rights figures. They have another thing in common: their activism is no longer merely a matter of hope, but of urgency.

"There is a war being waged on my body". Paxton Smith seized the opportunity of her high school graduation speech to denounce a newly passed law in her home state of Texas that prohibits the termination of pregnancies as early as six weeks, even in cases of incest or rape. Her address rapidly spread around the world thanks to social networks. For Winnie Tushabe, the survival of her country, Uganda, depends on agriculture respectful of the land. She teaches permaculture to poor families and refugees. In Lebanon, Marina Al-Khawand is demanding access to healthcare for her fellow citizens.

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the FIFDH, three women activists from three continents will take to the stage. They bring with them new forms of resistance and face unprecedented risks, particularly those linked to social networks. What they have in common with the activists followed in the documentary Dear Future Children: an urge to change the world.


Thursday 10 March


Espace Pitoëff - Grande salle

Followed by the debate Activists, New Generation ! Emergency activism.

French - English

Co-presented with the Permanent Delegation of the European Union to the UN in Geneva (EEAS)


Winnie Tushabe Co-founder and director of the Youth Initiative for Community Empowerment, star of the film Bigger Than Us

Paxton Smith Activist from Texas, author of a plea in favour of abortion rights during her high school graduation

Marina Al-Khawand Founder of Medonations, a Lebanese NGO that provides medication to the Lebanese population

Moderated by

Suyin Haynes Editor-in-Chief of Gal-dem magazine

To go further

“Au Texas, une lycéenne défend le droit à l'avortement dans son discours de major de promo“ dans Europe1, 04/06/21.

“DUPLAN Antoine, Bigger than Us»: debout les damnés de l’avenir“ dans RTS, 23/09/21.

This debat is preceded by the movie:

Thematic Films

Dear Future Children

By Franz Böhm

In the months leading up to the pandemic, 50 countries saw civil protests against corruption, while high school students everywhere went on strike for the climate. Franz Böhm, 20, went to Hong Kong, Uganda and Chile to film three young activists who are committed to the environment, democracy and anti-corruption. 

  • Section Thematic Films
  • Original language(s) English, Spanish, Cantonese & Luganda
  • Subtitle(s) French & English


Franz Böhm

World sales



  • Schubert Film UG
  • Nightrunner Productions


  • Friedemann Leis


  • Hannes Bieber, Leonard Küßner


  • Marco Schnebel, Marc Lehnert


  • Daniela Schramm Moura
Production country
Germany, United Kingdom & Austria