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From Our Member Bir-Duino Kyrgyzstan – XVI human rights film festival “Bir Duino-2022”

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The annual international festival of documentary films on human rights “Bir Duino” was held in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, from 14 to 18 November. Tthe XVI film festival “Bir Duino-2022” was dedicated to the theme: “Climate and Crises: the Situation with Fundamental Rights of Citizens, Alternatives to SDGs.”

The competition program includes 22 documentaries from Ukraine, Czech Republic, France, Slovakia, Germany, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and other countries. The films raise the most important and always sensitive topics of concern to modern humanity, which the authors consider through the prism of climate change and the impact of crises: from large-scale wars to the fight against coronavirus, from gender inequality and discrimination to access to a clean environment and health, as well as fundamental human right to decent working and living conditions.

The format of the festival “Bir Duino – 2022” is an exchange of best practices in overcoming various crises. International partners of the festival and experts like Elīna Šteinerte, elected member of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (2023-2026), former Chairperson-Rapporteur, member of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (2016-2022). Uransuzh Gambasuren, human rights defender from Mongolia, will share her experience on the new Law on Protection of the Rights of Human Rights Defenders of Mongolia. Pedro Garcia Arenas, civic leader, fighter for protection of ecology and human rights, head of Viso Mutop organization, will talk about the experience of developing dialogue platforms for various social, political and ethnic groups in Colombia. Andreas Roksen, Swedish journalist, director and producer, Ksenia Shimanskaya, coordinator of the Human rights Department of the international festival “Docudays UA” (Ukraine) will share their knowledge on promotion of human rights through art and new innovative strategies…

Master classes and laboratories wase held in thematic blocks for discussion of issues of climate security, civil and political rights, social, economic and cultural rights, the role of local citizens in decision-making processes at all levels of government, the activities of human rights defenders during crises and disasters, the fight against impunity; children’s rights, gender equality and non-discrimination.

Watch the festival trailer: