For one week, from the 12th to the 16th of November 2018, the capital of Kyrgyzstan turned into a centre of annual festival organised by Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan, which was held under the slogan “Today working for tomorrow!”. Documentary filmmakers, experts in cinematography and human rights, guests from 14 countries visited Bishkek, including Dimitris Christopoulos, president of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), France, Brigitte Dufour, director of International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR), France, John Samuel, executive director of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development, Thailand, Ondrey Kamenický, director of One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Czech Republic, as well as representatives of Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands, Central Asian states, Georgia, and Russia.

24 selected films about the problems of children, women and vulnerable groups, about tortures in closed institutions, about migrants, people suffering from discrimination and having no access to fair justice, people who live in environmental hazardous regions and suffer from diseases and poverty were demonstrated in the city cinemas. Today the jury will announce the winners in the following nominations:

1. Grand Prix

2. Best film in the nomination “Right to life, freedom and security”

3. Best film in the nomination “For the rule of law”

4. Best film in the nomination “Strengthening of rights and opportunities of children”

5. Best film in the nomination “Gender equality”

6. Best film in the nomination “Development of the regions”
7. Best film in the nomination “Economic, social and cultural rights”

8. Best film in the nomination “Dignity, freedom, equality and solidarity” 

9. Nomination “Ulan Ulansyn”

10 innovative laboratories and master classes were held during the festival in terms of sustainable development goals, whose achievement is possible only through partnership with the government and private business, as well as through creative approaches to solution of vulnerable groups’ problems.The labs became a platform for civil education, encouragement of citizens’ participation in decision-making, contributed to the new development policies, including at the domestic level, promoting the good governance principles in the Kyrgyz Republic. During laboratories, recommendations and plans of actions were developed and will be announced at the festival closing ceremony.

The film festival was organised in the format of new initiatives by the Kyrgyz authorities intended to support small, medium enterprises in regions, to attract investments, to intensify efforts of financial institutions and funds that provide loans for projects that address economic development of the regions and job creation.[1]

For information: The international festival of human rights documentary film is an active civic platform that has been raising key issues of rights and liberties in a changing world since 2007. This is a unique festival in Central Asia that provides a great opportunity to discuss documentary truth in the human rights sphere by involving filmmakers from different countries.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which 70th anniversary is being celebrated this year, was adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 10, 1948[2]. This document declares interdependence of civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights that every person has.

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[1] Decree of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic on declaring the year of 2018 as the Year of Regional Development,