Human Rights Film Days in Nicosia
The European Commission highlighted the importance of human rights and democracy during the Human Rights Film Days organised between 26 January and 1 February 2017 at Arabahmet Cultural Centre in Nicosia. An opening reception was held on Thursday 26 January and after the speeches by Ms.Michela Foresti, Ms.Faika Deniz Paşa and Ms.Yetin Arslan, the Oscar nominee film Fire At Sea from Italy was screened. The Human Rights Film Days was organised in partnership with the Turkish Cypriot Human Rights Foundation and Refugee Rights Association.
During the Human Rights Film Days, the spectators had the opportunity to see human rights themed movies from 5 different countries. After the Oscar-nominee Italian movie "Fire at Sea" which was screened on the first night of the organisation, Amal (Germany) was screened on 27 January, So Far So Near (Slovakia) was screened on 28 January, Natural Disorder (Denmark) was screened on 31 January and The Crossing (Norway) was screened on 1 February.
The film screenings aimed to highlight the importance of democracy and human rights as universal values, that are the cornerstones of inclusive, vibrant societies, where all are free to participate in the life of the community. Overcoming the obstacles that perpetuate the violation of these rights is crucial for the respect of human dignity, the fight against poverty, and the prevention and resolution of conflicts.