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20th FICDH

A celebration of 20 editions of the Festival!

The International Human Rights Film Festival (FICDH) celebrates its 20th edition from June 1-7: in person, free of charge, and presenting Canadian films and special activities.

Under the motto #Trazades (Tracked), the Festival’s theme is Digital Rights, aiming to use film to reflect on the use of technology and ultimately reach a conscientious and sustainable use of digital tools. 

In this vein, we bring forth a wide range of Canadian films, activities, and present a distinguished guest:

Distinguished Guest

Jason Loftus

Experienced media producer and executive, Jason Loftus is the CEO of Toronto-based film, television, animation, and digital media production studio, Lofty Sky Entertainment.

Jason’s work spans a wealth of genres and mediums. His projects include 91 episodes of the animated preschool language education series, Miaomiao, 19 one-hour episodes of the culinary docu-series Confucius Was a Foodie (available on Nat Geo People), the comic-book-styled narrative video game series Shuyan Saga, the virtual reality experience 360 Foodie, and a collection of television and feature-length documentary films.

Jason is a Peabody Award-winning film producer and a three-time Canadian Screen Award nominee, earning accolades for work in documentary, cross platform, and original interactive projects.

Committed to advocating for strong digital media and entertainment production industries, Jason served from 2015-2018 as a director on the board of Interactive Ontario. He has also mentored several emerging media producers in collaboration with the Canadian Media Producers Association. Since 2010, Jason has collaborated with Canada’s leading media funding agencies, including the CMF, Bell Fund, Shaw Rocket Fund, and the OMDC.

A former journalist, Jason’s stories were twice the subject of debate in Canada’s House of Commons. He has appeared as a television commentator more than a dozen times, guest lectured at five Canadian universities and has been a frequent guest speaker at industry events.


Special Activity

Discussion “Technological innovation, artistic creation, and digital rights”

Jason Loftus (Canada) and Tomás García (Argentina) will lead an exchange on the application of new technologies such as Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence to artistic creation. Their works in the audiovisual field, affected by these tools, will be the starting point for a critical reflection on the transformations and the impact they represent for artists, the public, and users as a whole. The artists encourage the audience to think about the current debates and challenges that these technologies mean to artists and to reflect on digital rights issues in their usage.

Sunday, June 4. 8 pm.
Centro Cultural San Martín (Sarmiento 1551, CABA)
Free of charge 


Program

Eternal Spring

Canada, 2022
76′, Documentary
L: Chinese
T: Religious persecution
S: Ventana SIMA Studios. Panorama
D: Jason Loftus
C: kathy@thefilmcollaborative.org      

In 2002, practitioners of the spiritual discipline of Falun Gong hack into state television in China to counteract the government’s narrative. The police conduct raids across the city of Changchun and illustrator Daxiong is forced to flee. With 3D animation, Eternal Spring pieces the event back together and brings an unprecedented story to life.
Screenings + Q & A: Sunday, June 4th / 6 to 8 p.m.
Centro Cultural San Martín (1551, Sarmiento St.)

Monday, June 5th / 6 to 8 p.m.
Alianza Francesa (946, Córdoba Ave.)

Star Wars Kid: The Rise of the Digital Shadows

Canada, 2022 
80′, Documentary 
L:  French, English
T: Cyberbullying
D: Mathieu Fournier

Mathieu Fournier’s documentary centers on the first viral phenomenon of the digital age: the Star Wars Kid. In this project, the author of the video, Ghyslain Raza, breaks the silence to speak on his story for the first time. He also talks about our collective experience living in an online world, where we need to make peace with our digital shadows.
Screening: Sunday, June 4th / 9 to 11 p.m.
Centro Cultural San Martín (1551, Sarmiento St.)

H2: The Occupation Lab

Israel, Canada, 2022
94′, Documentary
L: Hebrew
T: Israeli occupation
D: Idit Avrahami and  Noam Sheizaf

Segregated, highly surveilled, heavily filmed and intensely guarded: H2 uncovers the ways in which a single neighborhood in Hebron fuels the entire Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Fifty-four years of military occupation are told through the story of a one-kilometer long street. 
Screening: Wednesday, June 7th / 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Cine York (895, Juan Bautista Alberdi St., Olivos)

Framing Agnes

Canada, 2022
75′, Documentary
L: English 
T: LGBTQIA+ Memory
D: Chase Joynt

Chase Joynt’ Framing Agnes stunningly turns the talk show format on its head in response to the media’s fascination with trans people. The film brings to life six previously unknown stories from the archives of the UCLA Gender Clinic in the decade of the 1950s.
Screening: Wednesday, June 7th / 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Cine INCAA Gaumont (1635, Rivadavia 1635)

Access to all of the #20FICDH program is free of charge at the following venues:

  • Alianza Francesa de Buenos Aires (946, Córdoba Ave., CABA) 
  • Centro Cultural San Martín (1551, Sarmiento St., CABA)
  • Cine Gaumont – Espacio INCAA (1635, Rivadavia Ave.,CABA)
  • Cine York (895, Juan Bautista Alberdi St., Olivos
  • Honorable Cámara de Diputados, Anexo A (841, Rivadavia Ave., CABA)

We will see you all at the #20FICDH From June 1 to 7!

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