Bir Duino Film Festival Video GreetingДек 05.2021
Greetings, I am Mahnaz Afkhami, President of Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP). I join Tolekan Ismailova, Director of Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan, in welcoming you to the 15th annual International Festival of Documentary Films on Human Rights.
This Festival demonstrates the universality of our experiences and struggles as portrayed through the stories on screen, despite the fact that we come from different countries and backgrounds. This year, 26 films will be featured from 19 countries around the world on diverse themes, including immigration, access to justice, environmental degradation, and human rights for women and girls. Thousands of people have traveled to Bishkek to take part in this festival and to participate in the important discussions that will address some of the most pressing issues of our world.
In 2021, the world is facing many challenges that threaten human rights and human security. Unequal vaccine distribution, the failure of world leaders to take decisive action on climate change, and the Taliban’s resurgence in Afghanistan have all demonstrated the crucial need for activists to stand united in the defense of human rights. In these challenging times, film can serve as a powerful medium to convey our messages, share our stories, and engage people with our causes. The documentaries you will watch during this festival underscore the interconnectedness of our struggles and the strength of our collective actions.
As with the film festival, our partners at the Women’s Learning Partnership come from diverse backgrounds but work for a common vision. Bir Duino’s vision epitomizes WLP’s mission to transform power relations and promote justice, equality, peace, and sustainable development.
As you participate in the festival’s activities, you will have the opportunity to reflect on the power of art to educate, motivate, and inspire and the chance to celebrate the artists who have labored to create these films. The experience will bring us solidarity as we work together to achieve our common goal of human rights for all.
I wish Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan and all of you the best of success.