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This year the International Human Rights Cinema Festival (FICDH) is celebrating its 20th anniversary by hosting its 17th festival. It features one hundred films from 33 different countries around the world, all touching on the theme of human rights. This year’s festival will have a particular focus on issues surrounding gender. The General Producer of the festival talked to the Bubble about the choice of theme: “Femicide, human trafficking; we see this as the principal theme to be discussed because of the urgency and the number of cases happening right now – the festival is taking place at the same time as action from Ni Una Menos, of which we’re part, we’re participants, and they support us like we support them in their initiative.” The festival’s ‘motto’ this year is “Our body, our territory.”

The festival will take place in over ten venues throughout Buenos Aires Capital, including Konex, the Ex-ESMA, the Gaumont and the Alianza Francesa, as well as one venue in La Plata. The entrance to Alianza Francesa, the Gaumont and the Cosmos Cinema will have a “symbolic” (read suggested) cost of 30 pesos, while shows in the other venues will be free. On the subject of the festival’s accessibility for people with disabilities, the producer said: “It’s important to note that we also have films for blind and deaf people. It’s the second consecutive year that we’re doing this, and it’s a great effort to be able to include more people and understand that they’re people who should not only have the right to see films but also be able to share the same space with everyone. For this reason in the projections, everyone will be together, and some people will have audio description but at the same time a person without hearing problems can watch the same film.”

There will be international directors attending the festival and leading workshops on topics like sex work and the prison system. The festival is part of the International Human Rights Film Network. According to the Producer: “There were more than 800 films, from which we have to choose 100, so you could say we have the jewels from the whole world, that can have the greatest impact.” The festival also has a schools section, in which it is inviting the children from public schools to see films made by other children and also to submit their own films, which they’ll have the opportunity to present in the Gaumont.

The films in the main festival are many and varied, including short films, full length features and documentaries from Argentina and other parts of Latin America, along with Europe, Iran, Armenia, India, Jordan, Israel, Thailand and Myanmar and dealing with a range of topics related to human rights.

Can’t Miss List

Guf Shlishi is an Israeli film discussing intersexuality and the continuing problems for intersexual individuals whose parents ‘choose’ a sex for them and interfere in their bodies and gender expressions. The documentary features two people working to change this difficult and often overlooked situation.

As Cores Das Ruas is a half-four documentary that explores the living situation of homeless members of the LGBTIQ community living in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and will be shown in the Haroldo Conti Centre.

Also in the Haroldo Conti is the Italian Valparaiso, this time a fictional short film about a woman who falls pregnant under unknown circumstances while in prison in Rome, and who is subsequently released.

The films are organized on FICDH’s website by theme, one of which is films about Indigenous peoples. This section includes the Bolivian film Quehuaya, a story told by a fisherman by Lake Titicaca about an island that appears only once a year, which will “transport us to the origins of the lake”.