Human rights, victims of the humiliation society

Humiliation devalues, disregards and challenges the individual's right to be and to live, without any justification. In our society today, it is a component of the human condition. Humiliation is "the new poison of our society" according to the French philosopher Olivier Abel. It affects all domains, from the intimate to the history of peoples. It represents a specific and often traumatic means of exercising power, both social and political: humiliation can, not only, be a tool to break victims, but also the primary cause of violations of their rights. Fighting for human rights is therefore also fighting against a society that sets up humiliation as an instrument used within the context of human and political relations.

ConflictsInternational lawLiberties & Democracy

Friday 10 March


Espace Pitoëff - Théâtre

sold out - in case of cancellation, tickets will be put back on sale before the screening

Followed by the debate "Human rights, victims of the humiliation society"


Claudine Haroche Psychologist, Emeritus Research Director at the CNRS

Bertrand Badie Professor Emeritus at Sciences-Po Paris

Moderated by

Caroline Abu Sa'Da Director General of SOS Méditerranée Switzerland

This debat is preceded by the movie:

Compétition - Documentaire de création

Aurora's Sunrise

By Inna Sahakyan

The Ottoman Empire, 1915. Aurora is 14 years old when her life and that of an entire people turns to horror: massacres, sexual assaults, slavery, forced exile... From the Ottoman Empire to New York, the teenager is propelled onto the Hollywood scene where her story is the subject of a famous film, Souls for Sale. Filmmaker Inna Sahakyan's documentary is interspersed with animation, archive footage and interviews with Aurora Mardiganian. "Aurora's Sunrise" relates a tragic event in contemporary Armenian history by chronicling the personal journey of Aurora, one of the survivors of the genocide.

  • Section Competition - Creative documentaries
  • Original language(s) Armenian, Turkish, German, Kurdish & English
  • Subtitle(s) English & French

Women*Memory & HistoryMiddle East

Inna Sahakyan


  • Kerstin Meyer-Beetz
  • Peter Liakhov
  • Inna Sahakyan

World sales

  • Cat&docs




  • Vardan Brutyan


  • Christine Aufderhaar


  • Tigran Kuzikyan


  • Ruben Ghazaryan
Production country
Armenia, Germany & Lithuania
Regional Premiere