Controversy as a message for the closure of the Fast Forward Human Rights Film Festival 2013

On the last day of the Fast Forward Human Rights Film Festival 2013, three films will be screened which strongly divide, provoke and disturb, but also inspire and motivate by presenting the courage and determination as the most loyal patrons of personality and identity.

Audience in Podgorica will have the opportunity to see a short documentary at 17h00 When I Was a Boy I Was a Girl, followed by nowadays especially important Pussy Riot – Punk Prayer at 18h00, while the Festival will be closed by motion picture Blue is the Warmest Color, a film that never ceases to provoke strong reactions, but despite the pressures it is still being screened and collects awards.
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Third day of the Fast Forward Human Rights Film Festival 2013

Within the third day of the Fast Forward Human Rights Film Festival 2013 the audience in Podgorica will have an opportunity to see three new films – More than Honey, Gulabi Gang, An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker, within the screenings starting at 17h00, 19h00 and 21h30. During the first two days of screenings, the audience response has exceeded all expectations of the organizers.

First on the programme, starting at 17h00, is a documentary More than honey by Oscar winning director Markus Imhoof, which represents a sort of a tribute to the bees as an indispensable element in the food chain. The manner they are portrayed in this movie contains some fascinating details about the anatomy of bees. The film is focused on the so-called occurrence of “colony collapse disorder” (CCD syndrome), and refers to the disappearance of bees worldwide, which entails the disappearance of other species. This specific phenomenon that film is addressing, was pointed out by Albert Einstein, even fifty years ago, by insisting on the symbiotic relationship that binds these pollen gatherers to mankind, predicting: “If bees were to disappear from the globe, mankind would only have four years left to live.” This film has collected numerous awards for best documentary in 2013 in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, USA, UK, etc. »

Director of the movie Albert’s way guest on the second day of the Fast Forward Festival

Upon the opening ceremony of the Fast Forward Human Rights Film Festival, followed by screening of documentary “The act of killing”, in the next three days the audience will be able to see nine movies more.

On the second day of the Festival, programme includes three movies: Albert’s way, A stranger and Halima’s path. The audience will have the opportunity to see three specific, very powerful stories, movies by the authors from ex-Yugoslavia. »

Ceremonial opening of the Human Rights Film Festival “Fast Forward” 2013

The fourth Fast Forward Human Rights Film Festival 2013 was ceremoniously opened at the Montenegrin National Theatre at 20h00. The Festival is organized by the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) in cooperation with the Montenegrin National Theatre (MNT) and BELDOCS, with the media sponsorship of RTCG and Vijesti, and support of the Canadian Embassy.

The Festival was opened by Mr Janko Ljumović, the Director of the MNT and Daliborka Uljarević, the Executive Director of the CCE.

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“The Act of Killing” opens Fast Forward Human Rights Film Festival 2013

The Act of Killing, directed by Joshua Oppenheimer, in a Danish-Norwegian-British production, opens this year’s edition of the Fast Forward Human Rights Film Festival. This documentary shatters the boundaries of documentary film and it is already considered by many as primordial art, although at the beginning of its life.

The communist regime replaced. “Democracy” established. Death squads formed that kill and mass massacre all those keeping the communist values, all those different in any aspect. The campaign of intimidation and idolatry of the homeland fathers. Unacknowledged genocide and unprosecuted crimes against humanity. Ultimately, killers declared and celebrated as heroes. This is the basis for developing action of the film The act of killing by Joshua Oppenheimer, who spent ten years in Indonesia working on a story about the death squads that roamed during and after the coup by General Suharto. The result is a shocking and disturbing film in which the actors are criminals and history-makers who are, through their imagination, talking about events during the ’65-’66, in which they had participated. One is being guided throughout the film by Anwar, a national hero – a former perpetrator of genocide of a million people, who is provoked to dramatize his memories of the massacres. “War crimes are defined by winners. I’m a winner, therefore I can create my own definition”, claimed Anwar in the movie. »