2013-02-13 | News
International Film Festival “Conflict and Reconciliation” starts in Armenia

An international film festival “Conflict and Reconciliation in the Central-Eastern European Cinema” was opened today in Yerevan.

The film “Three Stories of Galicia” opens the Festival, it will be screened today at 20:00 PM at the Blue Hall of the Moscow Cinema. 

From February 13 to April 10, 2013, nine award-winning films produced by prominent film-makers from Europe and the USA, covering sensitive topic of conflict, reconciliation, human bravery, compassion will be screened in the Red Hall II of the “Moscow” cinema.

The aim of the Festival is to present to Armenian public and particularly to youth the lessons learned from conflicts and reconciliation in Central-Eastern Europe depicted via the art of cinematography.

Henriette Ahrens, UN Resident Coordinator a.i. said: “Art is a powerful tool.  Many of these films are shown for the first time in Armenia and they are featuring touching human stories.  Let us be inspired by those who had the courage to care – the ordinary people who took extraordinary steps to defend human dignity.  Their examples can help us build a better world today.”

Thanks to the support of the Moscow Cinema management, the access is free of charge, and the Festival is open to everyone.

The Film Festival became possible due to the joint efforts of the UN Office in Armenia, Embassies of Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Ukraine.

The Festival is also a way of paying tribute to the memory of the Holocaust victims. The theme of this year’s International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust commemorated on January 27th is “Rescue during the Holocaust: the Courage to Care” remembering those who risked their lives to save innocent people from almost certain death during the war.

Photo album from the launching ceremony of “Conflict and Reconciliation in the Central-Eastern European Cinema”

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