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International Independent Film Festival
Geneva
22 – 31.01.2021
International Independent Film Festival
Geneva
22 – 31.01.2021

Questions of solitude(s)

Speakers:

Alfredo Camelo – FSP* psychologist-therapist and Mental health promotion and prevention activities coordinator at Pluriels *Federation of Swiss Psychologists

Dr Laurent Michaud – Psychiatrist and Director of the CHUV Psychiatric Liaison Service's Emergency and Crisis Unit

Prof. Marie-Noëlle Schurmans – Professor in Sociology at UNIGE's Psychology and Education Sciences Faculty

Moderation:

Dr Natasha Stine Frederic – Researcher in Social Psychology (UNIGE)

Solitude… A subject that attracts considerable attention and is suddenly in the spotlight because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Seen as a troubling social issue, solitude is widely considered a problem to be overcome, a to-be-foreseen phenomenon whose effects on the mental and physical health of those who “suffer” from it should be treated and cured.
The film El otro by Francisco Bermejo puts the fact of being alone and isolated at the center of its message and invites us to question our notions of solitude. This feature-documentary lets us enter the day-to-day life of Óscar, a solitary being who has been living on the fringe of society for at least 40 years and who maintains a relationship with an “other”, his own double, with whom he chats and whom he seems to understand in both a lucid and a “mad” way.
To pursue our reflections after viewing this film, the Black Movie Festival proposes to question the notion of solitude in a round table of sociologists studying this question and of mental health professionals. Is solitude really an illness, a social evil to be prevented? Does it necessarily have harmful consequences? What about those who make a deliberate choice of solitude? Shouldn't we be talking about solitudes, in the plural?

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Sunday 24.01.2021 18:00

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Rom migrants in Switzerland: how to avoid marginalization?

Speakers:

Prof. Maya Hertig – Lecturer in the Department of Public Law and Vice-Dean of the Law Faculty at UNIGE

Tiberiu Moldovan – Social Worker and Mediator with Caritas' Intercommunity Mediation Pole

Moderation:

Marie Vuilleumier – Journalist at swissinfo

“Rom minorities are still the object of strong discrimination, especially in Eastern Europe where they sometimes live in extremely precarious conditions. With the free circulation of people, many Roms have emigrated in search of work. Some have tried their luck in Switzerland, but many have not been able to find stable employment and have been forced to beg for a living.

The Swiss authorities have not welcomed the arrival of this very underprivileged population and have reacted by imposing several prohibitions: begging is forbidden in Geneva and Vaud cantons. Rom migrants have left Switzerland and have traveled to other parts of Europe where new bans have been announced. Some have returned home while many continue to go back and forth between their countries of residence and various European territories.

We propose to take another look at discrimination against Roms and to discuss the integration of these migrant workers in Switzerland. Reflections on identity, community and inclusion which pursue those raised in Radu Ciorniciuc's film Acasă, My Home. This documentary was filmed in Romania and follows the life of a Rom family forced to leave their home in the heart of Bucharest when this wild delta area is transformed into a public park. Forced to settle in the city, the parents and children are torn between their willingness to adapt and their desire to stay in touch with their identity.”

Marie Vuilleumier

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Friday 29.01.2021 19:00

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César Fierro, A quest for justice

Speakers:

Richard Burr – Cesar Fierro's attorney at law

Santiago Esteinou – Director of Los años de Fierro

César Fierro – Main character of the film

Ryan Mullally – Cesar Fierro's attorney at law

Moderation:

Antoine Bal – Journalist

In 2015, the Black Movie Festival presented the Los años de Fierro documentary by Santiago Esteinou, a scathing indictment of the death penalty and a poignant inquiry into abuse of justice under populist and racist powers. In October 2020, César Fierro was freed almost 40 years on death row in a Texas prison. He has not, however, been cleared and was freed without damages or accompaniment for his return to normal life. Today, he is attempting to reconstruct his life and undertake the necessary legal action to obtain justice. At this time, the Black Movie Festival suggests that you re-view the film; we're organizing a virtual encounter with César Fierro and Santiago Esteinou in which you can listen to their testimonies and in which we will appeal to your generosity to support their action.

Film Website: www.theyearsoffierro.com

Interview of César Fierro: www.youtube.com/channel/UCmUmCq9Imown1DYzH5B_cZg

To help César Fierro, click here

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Saturday 30.01.2021 18:00

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