Extraordinary achievements presented to Montenegrin audience

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) has organised the fifth jubilee Fast Forward Human Rights Film Festival 2014 in Montenegrin national theatre (MNT) in Podgorica and in cinema “Boka” in Kotor, from 10 to 14 December 2014, and on this occasion, Montenegrin public had a chance to enjoy in 12 excellent domestic and international achievements.

Over the course of the year, CCE worked on selecting the best achievements that deal with human rights in an original and engaged manner, and the fact that 3 of 12 movies, in addition to numerous awards, were nominated for the Oscar 2015, is the proof itself of great quality of the Fast Forward Human Rights Film Festival.

Namely, nominations for annual award, presented by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, were announced this month. Amongst these are also three movies, that the audience from Podgorica and Kotor had the chance to see as premiere precisely on Fast Forward Human Rights Film Festival 2014.

Thus, the nominees for the best foreign movie in 2014, are the Polish movie “Ida” by Paweł Pawlikowski, a story about an 18 year old girl, Ana, who lives in a monastery in Poland during the beginning of sixties of last century, faced with the choice between her identity and religion that saved her life from Nazi massacre in Poland during second World War, and the movie “Timbuktu” by Abderrahmane Sissako from Mauritania, that deals with the issue of universal human values on the example of the tragic fate of a family from Timbuktu. In second category, amongst five nominated documentaries for 2014, is the achievement “The Salt of the Earth” by Wim Wenders, where incredible photos in black and white alternating with documentary footage are shown, that the Salgado’s son and co-director of the movie Juliano Ribeiro Salgado recorded on their trips.

Fast Forward Human Rights Film Festival, first and one of its kind in Montenegro, aims to contribute to raising the awareness of citizens on the importance of human rights and their protection and improvement, as well as of framework of values that stimulates harmonious relationships among different people on any grounds.

Fast Forward Human Rights Film Festival 2014 is a part of a wider project “Fast forward human rights!”, that the CCE conducted with the support from the EU Delegation to Montenegro, and co-financing from Commission for Allocation of Part of Revenues from games of Chance, Canadian embassy, Heinrich Boll foundation, as well as the partnership with Montenegrin national theatre, Beldocs and Cultural Centre ” Nikola Đurković”.

Nikola Djonović
Programme Coordinator