Kotor-edition of FAST FORWARD Human Rights Film Festival 2016 begins

Following the official opening in Podgorica, FAST FORWARD Human Rights Film Festival will be opened in Kotor, in cinema “Boka”, on 11 December, Sunday, with the screening of documentary “Free”, by Tomislav Žaja. This edition will be opened by Daliborka Uljarević, executive director of CCE, Miloš Dževerdanović, director of Cultural centre “Nikola Đurković” and Paula Petričević, coordinator of FAST FORWARD Festival in Kotor.

“Free” is a documentary which follows its characters throughout the period of two years. Movie plot starts by showing us several institutions which we see, but also feel, how it looks like to be isolated and deprived of any right, privacy or decision-making possibility with regards to one’s life. To be free is the dream of all people who live in those institutions. After the departure from the institution, we witness their change. We look at the main actors who try to fulfil their dreams, but this time around, from their own perspective. Precisely because of that perspective we begin to ponder about our own lives, our freedom and society – the same society which deprived these people of decades of their lives. This film, which was produced in 2016, already participated on almost 30 festivals, and won six awards for best documentary feature, among other, on festivals Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival 2016, Top Indie Film Awards 2016, Liburnia Film Festival 2016, Venice Film Week 2016, Martinique International Film Festival 2016 and Somerville International Film Festival 2016. Trailer, as well as the additional details about the festivals on which it was screened, can be found at: http://www.ubrzaj.me/index.php/sr/program-cnp/slobodni

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At 19h15, film “Kiki” will be screened. Film is of Swedish-American production by Sara Jordenö. In New York, at the port of Christopher Street Pier, a group of various young members of LGBTQ population prepares an artistic performance, Ballroom dancing, which became famous in the early nineties through Madonna’s music video for “Vogue” and through documentary Paris is burning. Twenty five years after this performance has set the bar for the cultural criteria, LGBTQ youth formed an artistic and activist subculture under the name Kiki Scene. Movie plot follows seven members of Kiki community through the period of four years, their preparation and spectacular acts, battle with homelessness, illness and prejudice, as well as their fight for the political influence and opportunities for different gender expression. Film has participated on almost 30 festivals, and within the Berlinale competition programme Panorama received the award for best documentary and essay film. Trailer, as well as the additional details regarding the festivals where it was screened, can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ixeDKdMLRHw


Festival programme in Kotor lasts for two days, and on 12 December there will be screened: “Lo and behold: Reveries of the connected world” by Werner Herzog, from 18h00, followed by the film of Tatiana Huezo “Tempestad” at 20h00. Entrance to every screening is free.

VII FAST FORWARD Human Rights Film Festival 2016 is held from 10 to 14 December 2016 in Podgorica, in Montenegrin National Theatre (MNT). As in previous years, this year the Festival will also have parallel editions in Kotor – 11 and 12 December in cinema “Boka” and in Berane – 12 and 13 December in Centre for culture.

FAST FORWARD 2016 is implemented in cooperation with Montenegrin National Theatre (MNT), BELDOCS, Cultural Centre “Nikola Đurković” from Kotor, Municipality of Berane and Centre for culture of Berane. Media sponsors of FAST FORWARD 2016 are public broadcaster RTCG and ID Vijesti. Festival is supported by the Commission for the allocation of part of the revenue from games of chance of Government of Montenegro, Australian Embassy, US Embassy, Foundation Heinrich Boll, as well as by companies Montepano, Metropolis, PG Taxi, Post of Montenegro and Compania de Vinos Montenegro. Festival programme and all additional information can be found at: http://ubrzaj.me/. Festival promo video can be downloaded at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkQ3kjsR934

Svetlana Pešić, programme associate