10th EU Human Rights Film Days
Since 2011, on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day, the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey has been organising the Film Days and Short Film Competition in order to raise awareness about the issue. We have been together through this time and reflected, discussed and shared fundamental human rights concerns through art.
In this decade, the EU Delegation to Turkey has been supported by Diplomatic Missions and Cultural Centres of EU Member States, cooperated with public institutions and local administrations, and has been in contact with academia, civil society, media and the artistic community. The Human Rights Film Days reached people of all ages and all segments of society.
The increasing number of applicants to the competition, whether amateurs or professionals, proved that many people in Turkey had a word to say and a film to shoot on human rights. Participants of the competition had an opportunity to meet like-minded artists but also leading figures in film-making who participated as members of the selection panel. Dozens of talented producers, directors, writers, actors, journalists and academics provided selfless contributions at the pre-selection and final selection phases. We are thankful for their support.
Throughout these 10 years, the EU Human Rights Film Days reached thousands of people across Turkey and offered a selection of movies from the European cinema. It was also an opportunity to invite special guests and discuss film making and human rights related issues ranging from social justice to climate change, child rights to education, women's rights to access to health care; and it did become a learning, sharing and interaction space for all of us.
This year again, the 10th European Union Human Rights Film Days will be an opportunity to inspire, challenge and help bring about change through the lens of film-makers.
The first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights stipulates that, "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”
Atatürk's "Peace at home, peace in the world" principle is a highly pertinent call for the promotion of peace and a dialogue culture around the world. Dialogue brings with itself recognition, tolerance, a culture of reconciliation and peace.
This year, we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, which was established with the aim of maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living conditions and human rights.
The EU Delegation to Turkey is organizing the EU Human Rights Film Days and the EU Human Rights Short Film Competition online in 2020, when all humanity is fighting against the pandemic. Although we cannot come together physically, we will raise the online curtain on 10 December together with those interested in all aspects of human rights.
Our call remains the same; "Human rights, now and forever." Let's reflect on universal values and fundamental rights, and a sustainable and more liveable world together. Together, we are stronger!
Enjoy the films.
Films to be available for screening online, within Turkey, free of charge, during 10-20 December 2020 :