Festival dei Diritti Umani |03-08/05/2016 Milano

In a generation dominated by a multitude of media outlets, a direct and concise approach to communicating human rights violations and atrocities has seldom been more urgent. This is a challenging aim. With so many other news and media outlets seeking an instant appraisal of events, the communities and issues they address can become underrepresented. Centring its mission on engaging with these communities, Sole Luna centres its mission on communicating these abuses is a more concise and sensitive way. Now in its 11th edition, Sole Luna are proud to be partners to the Festival dei Diritti Umani in 2016. Developing a diverse program addressing a range of issues, Sole Luna has selected films from a range of cultural, political and artistic backgrounds. Despite their eclecticism, these films unite in their mission to engage with necessary, sometimes difficult, questions. Through congregating these films, Sole Luna aims to create a truly free forum for debate, demanding that the audience engages with these issues in a more thorough and dynamic way. Split into eight different categories each area of the program addresses a specific area of discussion. Centring on issues concerning the fundamental rights of women, disabled and LGBT communities; questioning struggles for identity in communities that have fallen victim to wars and occupations as well as migrants and asylum seekers; and supporting everyone’s right to live without exploitation. Encompassing all these issues, Sole Luna aims to build platforms to inspire a new generation to fully engage with these crucial questions on a universal and transnational scale. Each individual film encompasses this, echoing Sole Luna’s mission. Wishing to depart from some of the issues encountered by some contemporary documentary cultures, Sole Luna’s director and founder Lucia Gott Venturato, selected films that exhibit an anthropological function. The chosen films consequently share a certain organic narrative flow with minimal screen presence of the filmmakers’ themselves. Whether depicting an Egypt in crisis under the recent control of the Muslim Brotherhood in Edouard Mills-Affif’s poignant The Bride of the Nile (France, 2015), the struggles for same-sex mariages in Myanmar in Irrawaddy Mon Amour (Italy, 2015) or the fly-on-the-wall investigation into Haifa’s citizen’s views on the occupation of Palestine in Women in Sink (Israel, 2015) - the documentaries instead rely on a language of images to present a more universal argument. Embedded inside each film also exists a journeyistic quality. One way or another the people, places and narratives experience some form of transit. The directors themselves are no exception. Often, the filmmakers will reveal or encounter some revelatory piece of information that will cause their film to take an unprecedented direction in order to maintain a concise, investigative approach. The result is a thoroughly contemplative, sensitive and nuanced approach to confronting human rights issues in a contemporary society. Sole Luna invite you to join us in Milan and become an integral part of our mission. Aside from our support of Fesitval dei Diritti Umani, we are excited to be presenting our very own festivals in Palermo and Tervisio later this Summer. Thank you, and we hope to see you in Milan! Sole Luna
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