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Nurturing the democratic debate.  
14-03-2005 11:15 am On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (March 21), UNESCO is organizing two events: the Sixth International Film Festival Against Exclusion and for Tolerance (FIFET), which will take place from March 17 to 23 (Room XI), and the Tenth Student Festival Against Racism, which will take place on March 19 and 21.
Eighteen films - including four not yet released - will be screened at the 2005 edition of the International Film Festival Against Exclusion and for Tolerance. These feature films produced in Belgium, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Morocco, Poland, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States depict incidents of discrimination. Each screening will be followed by a debate with the director, actors, film critics and members of various associations, providing an opportunity to take a closer look at the issues of exclusion raised by the films.

A Moroccan evening will open the festival on March 17 at 7.30 p.m. (Room I). The last part of the evening will be devoted to a concert of traditional music. The evening of March 21 (Room I) will also end on a musical note with a concert of South African music.

“Cities Against Racism” will be the theme of the Tenth Student Festival Against Racism, which UNESCO is organizing in cooperation with the association “Festival Against Racism” and the National Students Union of France (UNEF). With a view to supporting the commitment made by municipalities to fight racism, participants will reflect on measures that could be taken within the framework provided by the International Coalition of Cities Against Racism, which UNESCO launched in 2004.

The Festival will open on Saturday, March 19, at 5 p.m. and students will define concrete proposals for a “Student Appeal to Fight Against Racism in Cities”. Following these discussions, they will meet in a plenary session (8 - 9 p.m., Room XII) to compile the proposals that will make up the “Appeal”. The gala evening (9.30 p.m. – 1.30 a.m., Room I) will include a film presenting the festival, a comedy show (the “Night of Laughter Against Racism”) and a concert ("Sound System"). During a cocktail-debate on Monday, March 21 (6 p.m., UNESCO restaurant, 7th floor), students will present the results of their workshops to municipal officials, who will sign the “Student Appeal” at the close of the festival.

Admission: 5 euros; permanent passes at 15 euros; 2 euros for students.
For information/reservations, consult www.fifet.org or e-mail info@fifet.org. Tel: 01 45 44 72 81.

Journalists wishing to cover these events should request invitations from Jeanette Blom: +33 (0)1 45 68 44 33; j.blom@unesco.org

Message of the Director-General

Source Media Advisory N°2005-14


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