The FIFDH unveils the poster for its 20th edition!
The FIFDH returns from March 4 to 13! The team chose a striking image to mark the event: a cry signed by Japanese photographer Shin Noguchi.
By selecting this poster, it is a heartfelt plea that the FIFDH team has chosen to convey: the fight for human rights and creative freedom must continue. We strive to call attention to those who resist and reinvent themselves and focus our attention on the future, its strong solutions and emerging voices. The Festival will carry them above the deafening din of the pandemic, whatever the health situation. Our call is a cry of commitment and alarm but also one of hope and renewal.
Shin Noguchi, an award-winning street photographer born in 1976, casts a mischievous, humanistic and tender eye on the world. Here, he seizes an unstaged portrait of his one of three daughters Yumeji, paying tribute to her power. He says of his work that:
"Even if it is difficult to completely erase the boundaries between cultures, races and colours, I strongly believe that, through the steady activity of photography, we can lower the boundaries to a height where children can easily jump over them like a skipping rope… "
To mark this 20th edition, the FIFDH will honour a new generation of activists, who are exactly 20 years old! Paxton Smith defends the right to abortion in Texas, Winnie Tushabe fights for sustainable agriculture in Uganda, Marina El-Khawand demands access to healthcare in Lebanon, and Suyin Haynes fights for the rights of people of colour and gender issues as the editor of UK non-binary magazine gal-dem. All four will be present for a great debate!
Whistleblower and former US military analyst Chelsea Manning and Hong Kong activist Nathan Law, are also among the many other guests of this edition.
Legendary soprano Barbara Hendricks, long-standing patron of the FIFDH and Honorary Life Ambassador of the UNHCR, will perform on March 10 2022, at the Théâtre Forum Meyrin to mark this anniversary. She invites us to return to the roots of blues and gospel music for an evening, in tribute to the civil rights movement in the United States, shouldered by many courageous women such as Rosa Parks and embodied by Martin Luther King. Get your tickets!
The FIFDH's professional programme, Impact Days, - a unique space for collaboration and exchange between filmmakers, NGOs, foundations and journalists - will kick off on January 25 2022, with an online workshop on the impact of documentary films and will continue during the Festival in March. Register now!
We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday February 15, to present the full FIFDH 2022 program to you!
A big thank you to all our partners and our Ami·es du Festivalwho support us and allow us to make this edition happen!
The FIFDH team