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The grand opening ceremony of the XI International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival “Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan 2017” took place on 6 November 2017, in Bishkek, Hyatt Regency Bishkek Hotel, from 15:00 to 19:00. This year the festival was held under the slogan “Human Rights and Freedoms for Sustainable Development”.

The program of the ceremony was focused on women’s rights. Demonstration of the WLP documentary film “Equality: It’s all in the family” raised the issues on the impact of discriminatory family laws on women and societies around the world, with expert support of the key tank human rights experts, such as Irena Lasota/ Founder, President and Co-director of the Institute for Democracy in Eastern Europe (USA), Olga Abramenko/ Expert of ADC “Memorial” (Belgium) and Gulsara Alieva/ Expert on gender and law-enforcement issues (Kyrgyzstan).

This is the only one Human Rights Festival in Central Asia that provides a platform for viewing and discussing the documentary truth in the field of human rights, engaging the documentary cinematographers from the near and far abroad. Festival was initiated in 2007 by the Human Rights Centre “Citizens against Corruption”, which later was renamed in “Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan”.

The strategic partner of the Festival-2017 is the Ombudsman Institute of the Kyrgyz Republic. Besides, Festival – 2017 is supported by the Embassy of Switzerland in the Kyrgyz Republic, the British Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, Delegation of the European Union to the Kyrgyz Republic, Fair&Sustainable Development Solutions (FSDS), Partnership Platform “Central Asia in Movement”, International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR), Civic Solidarity Platform, Union of cinematographers, as well as volunteers and activists.

State organs were engaged in all festival components. As the Vice-Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic Sultanbekova Ch. A. said: “The Government of the Kyrgyz Republic appreciates and supports the active position of society in discussing and solving such important issues as social equality and unity. The motto of the festival "Bir Duino – Kyrgyzstan 2017”: "Human rights and freedoms for sustainable development". This motto helps to raise awareness that human rights and freedoms are an integral part of sustainable development[1]”.

Hundreds spectators, including representatives of the state, international and non-governmental organizations, as well as capital residents and international guests, took part at the screenings that were held on 7-9 November at the American University of Central Asia and Manas cinema. The platform of films discussion was available for everyone, who wished to raise a voice regardless of national or social status, age or religion to engage in dialogue on justice, corruption, fair governance, rights and responsibilities of citizens.

At the festival the most vivid documentary films, most of which were released in 2017 by authors from South Africa, USA, France, India, Sweden, Canada, Belgium, the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Russia, Norway, Poland, Australia, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan.

The Festival program included 18 documentary films, including 5 national and 13 international films. Eleven jury members, consisting of the representatives of Kyrgyz cinematographers, state and international organizations, as well as human rights experts, were evaluating films based on the criteria, such as content that reflects the theme of the Festival-2017, depth and completeness of the disclosure of the theme, originality of the plot; as well as motion and cinematography.

On 10 November 2017, at 15:00 the grand closing and awarding ceremony of the XI International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival took place in Bishkek, Hyatt Regency Bishkek Hotel. Awards were given to the winners in seven main categories. Each nominee was awarded the unique prizes of the “Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan”: a diploma made of leather and wood and the Umai Ene statuette.

The Grand Prix of the festival “Human rights and freedoms for sustainable development”was awarded to the film from Kyrgyzstan, France, Tadjikistan “Letters from Pamirs” directed by Janyl Jusupjan.

The Prize of Audience Recognition was awarded to the national film “Life is wonderful” directed by Azamat Sharshenov, Kyrgyzstan.

The film from France and India “We are humanity” directed by Alexander Dereims received the Prize as the best film for covering goal: Reduced Inequalities.

The winner in the category of the Best film for covering goal: Good Health and Well-being is the film from USA “Seed: the untold story directed by Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz.

The film from Sweden “Nuclear neighbor” directed by  Fredrik Oskarsson received the prize as the Best film for covering goal: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.

Special Jury Prize received the film “Shot in the dark” directed by Frank Amann from Germany.

The winner in the category of the Best Film for Human Rights and Freedom: “Angry Inuk”, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Canada.

The BDK Directorate decided to award the special prizes for the following films:

Special prize “For Human Rights and Freedoms” – Film “Mustafa”, Ernes Sarykhalilov, Ukraine.

Special prize “For revival of the historical memory” – Film “Ata Beyit”, Alijan Nasyrov, Kyrgyzstan.

Special prize “For Human Dignity and Children Rights” – Film “#Devenir”, Guido Freddi, France, with support of the Caritas France Program “Together against human trafficking”.

At the closing ceremony the outcomes of the innovation laboratories  were presented, conducted in the frame of Festival-2017, such as “Juvenile Justice: Access to the Justice,” “Sexual violence against children”, “Women, Safety, Peace and Development”, “Documentaries: realities and perspectives”, “Equal rights - Equal Opportunities”, “Protection of Labor Migrants’ Rights and Preventive Measures against Human Trafficking”, “Economy Growth through Regions Development”, “Human Rights Defenders and Justice”, “Ecological rights of citizens: problems and solutions”, “Dialogue of Generations: Youth and Democracy Development in the Kyrgyz Republic”.

The Organizing Committee of the Festival-2017 is very thankful to all spectators, documentarians and human rights experts, active youth, volunteers, international and national partners and all, who provided technical and financial support for the festival.

TOGETHER WE ARE THE POWER!

Sincerely,

Festival-2017 Organizing Committee

The more detailed information is available at the web site:www.birduino.kg.

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