Grands entretiens

From genocide to ecocide | Philippe Sands

Philippe Sands is a novelist, law professor and lawyer. The duty to remember, the Shoah and the question of responsibility run through all his books. He argues for ecocide to be prosecuted by the International Criminal Court.

How was international justice created after the horrors of the Holocaust? In Return to Lemberg, Philippe Sands follows the fate of the two men who shaped the notion of genocide and crimes against humanity. Both lived in Lemberg, now Lviv in Ukraine, where his maternal grandfather was born. Starting from the birth of international justice and the International Criminal Court, Philippe Sands suggests going further and adding ecocide to the four crimes (genocide, crime against humanity, war crime, crime of aggression) that appear in the Rome Statute, the international treaty that founded the International Criminal Court: "We must now move beyond mere human beings and protect the ecosystems and the well-being of the planet. In this discussion with journalist Elisabeth Quin, Philippe Sands will talk about his inspiration, his family history and his refusal to refer to those who have committed monstrosities as monsters.


Saturday 12 March


Espace Pitoëff - Grande salle

Followed by the debate From genocide to ecocide: with Philippe Sands. The discussion will be followed by a signing session with Philipe Sands and Elisabeth Quin.

French - English

Co-presented with ARTE, TRIAL International and the Délégation Genève Ville Solidaire (DGVS)


Alfonso Gomez Administrative Councillor of the City of Geneva, in charge of the Department of Finance, Environment and Housing

Philip Grant Executive Director, TRIAL International


Philippe Sands Human Rights Lawyer, Professor of Law at University College London and Co-Chair of an international workgroup on ecocide

Moderated by

Elisabeth Quin Journalist and writer, presenter of the programme 28 minutes, Arte

This debat is preceded by the movie:

Compétition - Documentaire de créationFilms en VOD

Invisible Demons

By Rahul Jain

Dizzying, bewitching... Words fail to describe this new opus by Rahul Jain, co-written with Yaël Bitton and presented at Cannes. For the past 30 years, economic growth in India has been synonymous with ecological disaster. Gripped by the urgency of the situation, Jain tells us about his city, New Delhi and its demonic invisible invaders: the fine particles that are slowly killing people. Powerful and impassioned, his camera tries to breathe and work its way through, inspiring us to see, imagine and reflect.

  • Section Compétition - Documentaire de création & Films en VOD
  • Original language(s) English
  • Subtitle(s) English & French


Rahul Jain


  • Iikka Vehkalahti
  • Participant Media
  • Heino Deckert

World sales

  • mk2 films


  • 1 1

Rights holder

  • Fionnuala Jamison


  • Saumyananda “Somo” Sahi
  • Tuomo Hutri


  • Kimmo Pohjonen


  • Susmit “Bob” Nath


  • Yael Bitton
Production country
Finland, India & Germany
Regional Premiere