A tragic journey for a better life or human rights at the Watch Docs film festival

– The film’s protagonists who make successive attempts to cross the borders are repeatedly pushed in front of them, sometimes beaten and robbed. Despite the fact that over time the ideal image of Europe fades and the emotional baggage that accompanies the long journey becomes more and more difficult to bear, they still have high hopes of reaching their dream destination. This moving document becomes even more precise as we witness a humanitarian crisis on Poland’s eastern border that prevents us from falling asleep in our safe, warm homes.

The film “The Game of Shadows”, directed by the Dutchman Eefje Blankevoort, opens the 20th Touring Film Festival Watch Docs Human Rights in Film 2022 in Zielona Góra and Nowa Sól. The festival opens on May 20 at the museum in Zielona Góra in Niepodległości Laan.

The second film we’ll see at the inauguration is Kamil Witkowski’s “Everyone Ate Everything.” Russia, Belarus and months of torment at the Brest train station are material for a separate film. changed from a shattered victim of domestic violence to a strong, independent woman – the wife of Maciej Stuhr – and as a result … she went to live with the Stuhr family – describes Konrad Wirkowski.

Access to the screenings is now open. Many of them will be followed by discussions with invitees. The festival is organized by the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights and ZTE Civilitas.

Which films will we see at the Watch Docs festival until June 24th? Check the program.

The Watch Docs Film Festival of Human Rights (May 20 – June 24, 2022). Program:

Friday – May 20

Subject: Migration. Zielona Góra, the museum of the Lubuskie region, al. Independence 15.

5 pm – “The Game of Shadows”, directed by Eefje Blankevoort, Els van Driel.

6:30 p.m. – “Everybody ate it all”, dir. Kamil Witkowski

Discussion after the screenings. Lena and Sergey Kapravchuk – representatives of the Blue Zone Development Foundation and Eliza Zaborowska-Kujawa – Lubuskie for Ukraine are taking part.

tuesday 24 may

Subject: Green human rights. Nowa Sól, Center for Social Activity, Kasprowicza 12.

10am – “Nature is My Homeland” by Marek Gajczak. How to understand nature? A film essay about the non-obvious relationship between man and nature and its contemporary understanding.

Thursday – June 2

Subject: Women’s rights. Green Mountain. Café Noir, al. Niepodległości 22.

Time: 19 – “As I Will. The Power of Women, directed by Samaher Alqadi A courageous voice of resistance to sexual violence, ubiquitous in an extremely patriarchal Egyptian society.

After the film, a discussion with Urszula Giercarz of the Women’s Council at the Marshal’s Office in Zielona Góra.

Subject: Climate crisis. Cafe Noir.

9:00 pm – “Green Rebellion”, directed by Sasha Snow New Forms of Climate Protest: A Portrait of Roger Hallam, the founder of Extinction Rebellion.

Wednesday June 8

Subject: LGBT+ community. Zielona Góra, Lubuski Theater (Small Stage), al. Niepodległości 3/5, Zielona Góra.

19:00 – “7-My August”, directed by Michał Bolland. The protest of the LGBT community in Warsaw and demonstration arrests sparked a queer frenzy in Poland on August 7, 2020?

7.30 pm – “Survival Manual”, dir. Yana Ugrekhelidze. Sasha masters the art of camouflage – none of his neighbors know that he was born a woman. Seeing no future in Georgia, he decides to get money for the trip. †

8:15 p.m. – “The Poisoned Heart”, director Paul Rice. Gay couple from San Francisco travels on the Trans-Siberian Railway through Russia, collecting testimonies of LGBT persecution and resistance from activists. Film screened with support from the US Embassy.

After the screenings a conversation with dr hab. Magdalena Steciąg, Prof. UZ, Plenipotentiary for Equal Treatment at the University of Zielona Góra and Kacper Kubiak of the Institute for Equality.

Friday 10 June

Subject: Man for man. Zielona Góra, The Neighbor’s House, ul. Koscielna 9.

6:30 pm – “Heda”, conductor Kamil Witkowski. Heda, a refugee from Chechnya, who found the meaning of life in volunteering.

After the film a conversation with Dr hab. Mariusz Kwiatkowski, professor UZ of the Institute of Sociology.

Friday 24 June

Theme: Ukraine and Belarus. Zielona Góra, the museum of the Lubuskie region, al. Independence.

5:00 pm film “Move the border”, directed by Lesia Kordonets The war between Russia and Ukraine seen from an unusual perspective: unexpected consequences of the annexation of Crimea for the Ukrainian Paralympic Games.

18.45 – “Article 293”, dir. Jan Bluz. Belarusian refugees. What was the fate of the heroes of last year’s demonstrations in Minsk, who decided to flee the country in the face of the repression?

After the film, a discussion with the participation of Lena and Sergey Kapravchuk, representatives of the Blue Zone Development Foundation and Eliza Zaborowska-Kujawa from Lubuskie for Ukraine.

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