The 18th edition of this Geneva International Film Festival on Human Rights has shown its prizewinners, regardless of the exceptional conditions brought on by the new coronavirus pandemic.
This year’s festival took place on the internet, ensuring that the goodwill of this occasion.
Whilst the people couldn’t attend screenings and arguments, they can follow them Livestream about the festival site, Facebook, or YouTube.
The Jury also observed the movies from space and declared the winners online.
The winner of the Grand Geneva Award to its Creative Documentary Contest was the movie Colectiv by Bucharest-born filmmaker, Alexander Nanau.
“Colectiv is a remarkable political thriller that particulars of a group of sports journalists who research the collective nightclub fire in Romania as well as in doing this, uncover high-level authorities corruption at the Ministry of Health itself,” stated President of the Jury Pamela Yates.
On October 30th, 2015 a fire in the Colectiv nightclub at Bucharest killed 27 people and wounded 180.
Fierce protests afterward broke out once over 30 injured individuals died after contracting illnesses in Romanian hospitals – forcing the resignation of the Prime Minister and his cabinet.
The movie finds high-level authorities corruption inside the Ministry of Health.
The famous Mexican radio host and journalist, Carmen Aristegui, is fighting with bogus information, government corruption, and the associated drug trade.
When her radio channel fired in 2015, she began her station and continued broadcasting on the internet, where she currently has approximately 18 million listeners.
“In the middle of the documentary is that the figure of Carmen Aristegui. This fighter, this Mexican journalist, motivates us with her courage, a courage that in my own eyes resonates closely with the entire festival group who chose, despite the very complex coronavirus situation, to not give up and to establish a 2.0 app to attempt and continue to convey the messages of struggle and defense our movies take,” said the movies manager, Juliana Fanjul.
The Grand Prize for Fiction and Individual Rights was given to the movie Maternal by Maura Delpero.
In a state where abortion isn’t yet authorized, Delpero’s first fiction movie deals with a substantial social issue by placing it at a convent- a place where pregnant and frequently heterosexual women cohabit with girls who’ll never be moms.
Each of the debates and assignments can be located on the festival site.