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Presentation

Donostia is famous the world over for its love of the cinema and important contribution to achieving a Culture of Peace. It was therefore inevitable that our city would unite this passion with another of its major signs of identity: the defence and vindication of human rights. Hence the birth of the Human Rights Film Festival, which, with the firm commitment year upon year of San Sebastián City Council and this Mayor’s Office, enters its 6th edition as one of the city’s biggest movie events.

Yet another demonstration of this decisive backing is that the Festival, organised by Donostia Kultura and the Youth and Human Rights Office, will move to its new and emblematic headquarters at the Victoria Eugenia Theater.

Taking place from 18-25 April, the Human Rights Film Festival will serve as a forum for meeting and debate between active citizens. During the event, the men and women of San Sebastián, together with all of the people who come to our city, will create a space for dialogue and mutual enrichment, taking a closer look at awareness and denunciation of the human rights infringements affecting millions of people the world over.

From gender equality to terrorism, looking at problems related to the environment, child exploitation, the traffic of human beings or the situation of minority languages, the Festival will offer citizens deeper knowledge of these realities as it increases critical awareness of their causes and solutions.

As in past years, all of these questions will be approached with a prestigious selection of films and documentaries, often screened pre-release for the general public, brought to our city after having garnered acclaim and awards at renowned international festivals.

Short films also play an important part in the Festival. Works from different countries will compete for the “International Short Film Competition” Award granted by a jury of youngsters between the ages of 18 and 25.

This desire to involve citizens from all walks of life is reflected in a wide selection of parallel activities to the film programme. Various discussions, concerts, plays, exhibitions, screenings for schools or dance performances such as the one proposed by the Verdini Dantza Taldea back a Festival which has always had a vocation to unite the different artistic languages for a common cause.

Once again we are pleased to be able to thank the Secretary of State for Cooperation for the solid financial backing of the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID), part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We would also like to thank the European Commission, Nantes Spanish Film Festival, the Human Rights Film Festival organised by the Mexican Academy of Human Rights and the associations and charities for the enthusiastic collaboration that makes this Festival possible.

Thanks to each and every one of them, and to the unbending support of active citizens, the Human Rights Film Festival continues to flourish in programme and prestige by the year. Their backing infuses the stimulus to continue working in favour of human rights and a Culture of Peace for everyone.

ODON ELORZA GONZALEZ
Mayor of San Sebastian