Current social events (the issue of refugees, women's rights, minorities, hooliganism at sporting events, intolerance towards other and different) increasingly reveal certain social and cultural antagonisms, so the need to speak out about injustices, insisting on the dialogue and cooperation of the entire community in the fight against discrimination is one of the main objectives of the 11th Festival of Tolerance.
The idea was to create a public platform for an exchange of opinions, questions and answers, agreements and disagreements. Besides experts in the relevant social fields, these discussions are also open to the audience, as an important factor in co-creating public opinion, stimulating of cultural communication with an aim of building a more open and tolerant society.
The eleventh edition of the Festival brings seven discussions related to the movies that will be shown at the Festival. The movies with the follow-up discussions are 'The Age of Consequences', 'Sacred, 'The Destruction of Memory', 'Under Fire', 'Denial', 'Holding The Man' and 'Shadow World'.
'The Age of Consequences' is a movie that investigates the impacts of climate change, resource scarcity, migration and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability. Whether a long-term vulnerability or sudden shock, the film explains how water and food shortages, extreme weather, drought and sea-level rise function as accelerants of instability and catalysts of conflict. The ensuing discussion will deal with the issues of ecology, migration, chaos and conflict and will host participants who deal with these pressing issues from a professional standpoint.
The director Thomas Lennon is the guest of this year's Festival and his movie 'Sacred' will be screened at the Festival. What makes the movie special is the fact that it was created by more than 40 filmmaking teams who bring the stories of the daily use of faith and spiritual practice. At a time when religious hatreds dominate the world's headlines, this film explores faith as primary human experience, and how people turn to ritual and prayer to navigate the milestones and crises of private life. The film's director commissioned or sourced footage from top independent filmmakers from more than 25 countries – and a wide range of religious traditions – each team contributing a single scene. The film is followed up by a discussion about the meaning of religion to the common man in his everyday life.
'The Destruction of Memory' is a film about the destruction of architecture, books and art in war times and how to preserve culture and art in such cruel conditions. The ensuing discussion examines the concept of cultural heritage as the identity of a nation.
The big issue of denying the Holocaust will be the topic of the discussion right after the movie 'Denial' by Mick Jackson. The movie is based on the acclaimed book 'Denial: Holocaust History on Trial' and recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt's (Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (played by Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a holocaust denier. In the English legal system, in cases of libel, the burden of proof is on the defendant; therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team led by Richard Rampton (played by Tom Wilkinson) to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred.
The discussion dealing with the issue of gay love will follow after the movie 'Holding the Man'. The movie was directed by Niel Armfield and it brings a warm and witty story about a 15-year long romance between the young actor Timothy Conigrave and the captain of the football team John Cale and how their love endured in the cruel times of prejudices and the dangerous disease of the 1980's.
'Underfire' is a movie about Tony Vaccaro, a Second World War photographer who created some of the most impressive photos of the notorious war. The topic of the discussion that follows right after the movie is about war reporting and manipulating the public.
Another war-related discussion will be the one following the movie 'Shadow World', dealing with the issues of a military industry as the biggest war profiteer. Based on Andrew Feinstein's book 'The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade', John Grimonprez directed the movie 'Shadow World' which shows how the international trade in weapons – with the complicity of governments and intelligence agencies, investigative and prosecutorial bodies, weapons manufacturers, dealers and agents – fosters corruption and undermines democracy. The movie reveals the real costs of war and the follow-up discussion will be directly related to the issue of military war profiteering.
By pointing out the glitches in the process of integration, such as the lack of willingness to achieve a truly pluralist society, the sluggishness of institutions in carrying out the objectives, the lack of basic tools to construct and develop an integrated community, leads to opening the social dialogue and encourages other festivals to speak out on these important and current issues.
These are the issues, dealt with not only in the movies but also in the ensuing discussions, that initiate the opening of a dialogue with the purpose of developing a genuinely tolerant society in the full sense of the word.
Along with the abovementioned discussions, this year the Festival is organizing a roundtable discuss style to address the topic of emigrating to another country, that is immigration to a new territory and an attempt to start a new life in refugee camps.
The roundtable entitled 'Editorial boards under fire' will address the exposure of journalists to pressures, threats, violence and incitement aimed at the media and journalists in the public sector and other media.
After the documentary Shadow world we will have a discussion on the subject of Millitary industry. Discussion guests: Igor Tabak – obris.org analyst Dubravko Gvozdanović – court expert in ballistics, firearms and cold weapons Ratko Martinović - blogger of...
Is there truth without a photograph? How much would we know about World War 2 if there were no images? Discussing the importance of documentaries and photography, their role in the court of public opinion and who are the people who risk their lives to give us the truth that is so easy to manipulate.
Introducing special lectures by top experts and presenting European cinematography at last year's Festival through the presentation of Svetlana Agrest, Zagreb audience had an opportunity to learn about the 'New wave' of the Ukranian cinematography.
The topic of this roundtable is to discuss the spread of discrimination and discrimination motivated bullying among the youth and how the issue is approached in Croatia, as well as how society deals with discrimination.
The movie 'After Spring' brings the story about the Syrian refugee crisis and is followed up with a discussion on the topic of starting a new life and the battle with a new future on an unknown territory, in a new country and in a new community.
A discussion named "Ecology/Migration/Chaos and Conflict" follows after the film The Age of Consequences. Panelists for the discussion are Prof. Dr. Mirko Bilandžić, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb (Department of Sociology, courses: Terrorism and Society...
After the film Holding the Man, an expert for love, Bruno Šimleša, writer Barbara Matejčić and activist Romana Taylor will discuss differences among us, individuals that suffer because of that and how we can be a bigger support to each other in life and love.
After the film The Destruction of Memory follows the discussion "Cultural heritage as a nation's identity". Guests of the panel are Prof. Dr. Tvrtko Jakovina, teaches World history of the 20th century at Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb; Lana Lovrenčić...