Centre for Civic Education (CCE) brings three new film premieres today in the Dodest hall of CIC ‘Budo Tomovic’, during the third day of FAST FORWARD Human Rights Film Festival 2018: Bikini Moon by Macedonian Director Milcho Manchevski, Guidance Through the Black Hole, directed by Aleksandar Nikolic and Zlatko Pranjic and The Heiresses by Marcelo Martinessi.
Centre for Civic Education (CCE) will today, in the hall Dodest of the CIC ‘Budo Tomovic’, within the second day of FAST FORWARD Human Rights Film Festival 2018, screen four film achievements: The Dark Shadow of Green Energy by Dragan Gmizic, who is also Festival guest; A Woman Capturedby Hungarian Director Bernadett Tuza-Ritter; The Waldheim Waltz by Austrian Director Ruth Beckermann and Transit by German director Christian Petzold.
Podgorica, PR press service – Fight for human dignity and universality of human rights, which are too often being infringed, requires leaving the individual partialities, consistency in advocating for principles and strength of inner reconsideration, said the Executive Director of Centre for Civic Education (CCE), Daliborka Uljarevic.
At the occasion opening of FAST FORWARD Festival, she stated that this festival has become member of the Human Rights Film Festivals Network with headquarters in Amsterdam, which, as she clarified, gathers 41 human rights film festival from the entire world.
‘Watch and remember’ is this year’s moto. And how much have we been watching and remembering in protection of human freedoms, dignity and rights? It seems not sufficient. And we have to watch vigilantly and remember well, in order to be ready at all and capable for challenging and full-of-temptations human-rights fight’, emphasized Uljarevic in CIC ‘Budo Tomovic’.
According to her, modernisation does not render this fight easier at all, stating that today’s world is facing strengthening of the radical right, ‘populism which conquers easily with a story about jeopardized speciality of nation and shows animosity towards other and otherness’.
‘Therefore, the fight for human dignity and universality of human rights, which are too often being infringed, requires leaving the individual partialities, consistency in advocating for principles and strength of inner reconsideration. The films of this year’s selection urge us to it as well’, highlighted Uljarevic.
She assessed that Montenegro has achieved certain progress in legislative and institutional framework, but, as she stated, the practice remains concerning.
Centre for Civic Education (CCE) will, from 10 to 14 December 2018, organise IX FAST FORWARD Human Rights Film Festival 2018, with the central programme in Podgorica in CIC ’Budo Tomovic’ from 10 to 14 December, and accompanying editions in Berane on 11 and 12 December in Centre for Culture and Gymnasium ’Panto Malisic’ and in Kotor from 13 to 14 December in Cinema ’Boka’.
’We would like to have left far behind and long ago the obstinate ghosts of fascism, slavery, poverty, exploitation, disease and war. Maybe we could have done so, but we did not. They are our present too, and our reality. This is what the films of the ninth selection of the FAST FORWARD 2018 Human Rights Film Festival are telling us, each in its own way. These films are not afraid: with courage and imagination they cut to the quick of social injustices, mock the powerful and dream aloud. Films that fight and in which people fight’, Paula Petricevic of the FAST FORWARD 2018 Festival’s team has stated in the introduction. Therefore, the moto of this year’s Festival is WATCH AND REMEMBER, and it brings 15 premieres to Montenegro.
Centre for Civic Education (CCE) commends the decision of the Parliament of Montenegro to act by amendments to the Proposal of Law on State Administration and thus transfer the independent regulator – Agency for Electronic Media (AEM) into public administration system from the framework of newly established state agencies, putting them under direct control of the Government. The solutionthat the Government has been proposing was not good, to whichCCE has been the first to point out.
As a reminder, right upon determining this Law proposal, at the Government’s session from 20/9/2018, the CCE warned of dangers of the proposed provisions which would weaken the independency of the regulator in the media area. Moreover, we have pointed out the opposition of this solution to the relevantAudio-Visual Media Services Directive of the European Union (AVMSD), which was in the adoption process at that time, and which the members of Working Group for drafting this Law must have been familiar with as well. This Directive was even adopted at the beginning of November 2018, and it indisputably puts the accent to strengthening of independency of regulator, contrary to provisions proposed by the Government. Application of this Directive is an obligation of Montenegro within the accession negotiation processand on the basis of the same, the Law on Electronic Media shall be further amended, as it was announced also from the Ministry of Culture.