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The fifth consecutive edition of the International Festival on Cinema and Human Rights (Muestra Internacional de Cine y Derechos Humanos 2008) will begin in Alicante on October 6 and will take place as follows: from 6 - 14 October at Teatre Arniche, from 15 – 17 October at the University Venue in Alicante, which will also host a special cycle dedicated to Globalization and Fair Trade, and on November 14 and 15, at Centro 14. At the same time, due to its popularity last year, this topic will again be part of the free-elective courses at the UA, with morning classes taught on October 27 and 28 and on November 3, 4 and 5 by film directors and human rights experts.

This year the Festival will collaborate with the ‘Human Rights Caravan’ (Caravana de Derechos Humanos), organized by the Alicante Bar Association (Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Alicante) for the conference ‘Woman and Abuse’ (Mujer y malos tratos), which will be hosted by the bar Associaton. Another novelty in this year’s programme is represented by the educational project on cinema and human rights (Proyecto educativo de cine y derechos humanos), which will be presented in high-schools from the province of Alicante during the months of November and December.

The events are open to the general public, as follows:
Teatre Arniche: 19.30h
University Venue in Alicante: 20.30h
University of Alicante: 11.00h
Centro 14: 18.30h


This year’s edition includes 47 audiovisual productions from 15 different countries,
covering 16 languages: full, medium and short-length films, ranging from fiction to
documentaries and animation. The selection has been made out of a total of 350
films made in around 30 different languages by film makers from 30 countries.

International migration, female labour exploitation, sexuality, the Saharans,
globalization and its impact on the environment are some of the topics taken up in the
films and conferences presented by distinguished experts of the fields in question.

For the first time in Spain, the Festival will project Tifariti, los hijos de las nubes,
narrated by Nacho Novo, which is a reflection on the Saharan history and culture, and
the film Between the Lines – India’s Third Gender, which presents the experiences of
three hijras, the so-called ‘third gender’, in between the feminine and the masculine;
most of its representatives are men or intersexuals, but some of them are women. The
majority refer to themselves in the feminine and although Westerners call them
eunuchs, few have gone through sex-change operations.

In organizing this event, ACTES, the entity in charge of the Festival, has counted on the
help of a variety of specialists: professors, lawyers, sociologists, journalists and film
makers, with the purpose of drawing up a highly qualitative programme. At the same
time, ACTES has counted once again on the help of SETAM, the UA Audiovisual and
Multimedia Translation Seminar (Seminario de Estudios de Traducción Audiovisual y
Multimedia), for the Spanish subtitles.


- October 6, opening session, dedicated to ‘Woman and Employment’ (Mujer y
Trabajo): Carmen Alborch, Senator for the Spanish Socialist Party PSOE , former
Minister of Culture, and Emilia Caballero, deputy ombudsman.
- October 7, ‘Justice without frontiers’ (Justicia sin Fronteras) Josep Elias Esteve, lawyer, initiator of the trial against the Chinese Government for the Tibetan genocide
- October 14, Ricard Perez Casado, EU Administratos in Mostar (Bosnia-Herzegovina) in 1996, former mayor of Valencia and former President of the European Institute of the Mediterranean (Instituto Europeo del Mediterráneo), will address the issue of collateral damage in armed conflicts.
The Festival also counts on the contribution of film directors such as Irene Iborra (Quiero ser tortilla) on the controversial issue of biofuels, who will give her speech at the UA on November 4.


A.C.T.E.S – Associació Cultural Testimoni Social de la Provincia d´Alacant is the organizing entity of the Festival, whose purpose is to raise awareness about the delicate issue of human rights. To this end, cinema was chosen as the most efficient and popular means of reflecting and transmitting these aspects. This is why the Festival takes up specific topics by means of film projections and subsequent round-table discussions and debates, headed by specialists in the fields in question, such as NGO activists, specialized academics, or film makers themselves.


After the inauguration of the Festival in Alicante, on October 6, the Festival will travel to other Spanish cities, such as Madrid, where it will be celebrated for the first time (October 20 – 25, Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Alcoi y Ponferrada) and Latin-American ones: Mexico, FD (third consecutive year), and for the first time in the states of Guerrero (Acapulco and Chilpancingo) and San Luis Potosí; for the second year, Mendoza (Argentina) and Guatemala, and for the first time in Ecuador (Quito).

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