Preceded by the film The Flag

Who watches the watchmen?


Saturday 16 March – 14h00
Espace Pitoëff - Grande Salle
Rue de Carouge 52, 1205 Geneva

The excessive use of force by the police, fueled by racism, is a systemic problem. How can we live in a peaceful society when those who guarantee our safety pose a threat, particularly to racialised populations?

Systemic racism in Europe and the United States has a direct impact on the daily lives of racialised people. From racial profiling to police violence that can lead to death, police institutions are often denounced and yet rarely condemned. In theory, peacekeepers are supposed to ensure our safety. Does this mean that the use of legitimate force is fair? How can we ensure that those who injure or kill are held to account? Is a police-free society possible?

Partnership – FIFDH and OMCT are committed to a world where human dignity is respected. Be a force for change:
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Co-presented with the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) and the Agenda 21 - Sustainable City Department of the City of Geneva.

Rokhaya Diallo
Journalist, writer and filmmaker
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Alfonso Gomez
Administrative Councillor of the City of Geneva, in charge of the Department of Finance, Environment and Housing

Gerald Staberock
Secretary General of the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT)
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Angela Davis
Writer, professor of philosophy and human rights activist
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Assa Traoré
Anti-racist activist, Truth and Justice Committee for Adama
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Yasser Louati
Protagonist of "Le repli" and Human Rights activist
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Nesrine Slaoui
Journalist, writer and documentary film-maker
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French, english

By Joseph Paris

The Flag

Le repli

Set against a backdrop of restricted freedoms, curbs on the right to demonstrate, police violence, Islamophobia and systemic racism, Le repli examines the phenomenon of identity withdrawal in France. Director Joseph Paris meets human rights activist Yasser Louati. Together, they take a look at France from the 1980s to the present day. They analyse political and media rhetoric by comparing current events with archives. Why are our freedoms steadily being eroded?

Swiss Premiere
Section : Competition - Focus
Country : France
Original language : French
Subtitle : English
Joseph Paris
Audrey Ferrarese
Drôle de Trame
Joseph Paris
Flore Guillet
Pierre Paris
World Sales
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