Friday, November 19, 2010

5th Human Rights Film Festival of South America

From November 19 to 25 Sao Paulo will host the 5th Human Rights Film Festival. As part of the program, on Saturday, the festival welcomes the presence of the Argentinian director Ricardo Darin, known for movies including "El Hijo de la Novia" and the Oscar-winning "El Secreto de sus Ojos".

Created in 2006 to celebrate the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it is a space for reflection, inspiration and promotion of respect for the dignity of the human being. Brazil has sought to strengthen education and culture on Human Rights, in order to form a new mindset to the exercise of solidarity, respect for diversity and tolerance. As artistic expression, the cinema has a strong language able to touch people, to give feelings, to raise awareness and build common identities. Initially displayed in four cities, the exhibition has been growing every year. This fifth edition will be present in 20 Brazilian cities, covering the five regions of Brazil. Last year, the festivl recorded an audience of more than 20 000 people in 16 cities. The estimate for this year is that number to be doubled.

The festival is organized by the Human Rights Secretariat of the Presidency, with production of Cinemateca Brasileira, sponsored by Petrobras and support of SESC-SP, TV Brasil and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. All the movies have free entrance, rooms are accessible to people with disabilities.


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