|Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, in
cooperation with the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle
and the Young Cinema
Foundation, will organize on 14 - 16 December
2001 the first edition of an International Festival of human rights
The Festival will take place at the Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw,
the seat of the Center for Contemporary Art (No. 6, Aleje Ujazdowskie Street).
Entrance to all screenings is free.
Screened in two cinema halls will be 17 films, mostly documentaries,
dealing with human rights issues. Some of the screenings will be accompanied
by moderated discussions with specialists in the field, including the President
of Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights Marek Nowicki, Prof.
Wiktor Osiatyński, Prof. Andrzej Rzepliński, the International Ombudsperson
for Kosovo Marek Antoni Nowicki and Prof. Ewa Łętowska. On 10 - 17 December,
the visitors will have free access to a videotheque with a broader offer
of films, including educational films produced by our Foundation.
The principal difference between our Festival and other such events
organized worldwide is the group of our recipients: the Festival is organized
first and foremost for activists of Polish and East-European non-governmental
organizations. We would like the event to provide them with the opportunity
to meet; and to evolve into a specific third sector festival. Invited to
attend have been representatives of non-governmental organizations from
the New Independent States. We also want to reach a broader public, especially
the young, thus expanding the activities of Helsinki Foundation for Human
Rights in the area of public education.
This year's edition of the Festival is a pilot one; we plan to organize
next year a longer event involving a film contest among other additions.
To properly initiate a new annual event in Warsaw, the Program Board
with director Marcel Łoziński among its members
decided to choose for this pilot Festival a limited number of the best
films shown recently at human rights film festivals worldwide - the
Amnesty International Festival in Amsterdam, the Human Rights Watch Festival
in New York, and the One World Festival in Prague.
The Warsaw Festival will be held annually in December to celebrate the
anniversary of adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Funds for organization of the event have been granted by the Representation
of the European Commission in Poland and the Royal Netherlands Embassy
This document has been produced with the financial assistance
of the European Community. The views expressed herein are those of the
Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights and can therefore in no way be taken
to reflect the official opinion of the European Commission.