International documentary film festival “Inconvenient Films” will present a special program of documentaries exploring the issue of discrimination during its upcoming 11th edition.
Festival organizers want to draw the attention to the widespread phenomenon of discrimination by inviting people to expose the violations of their rights through storytelling.
Festival team believes that encouraging people to share their personal stories of discrimination can help many to break the silence. Stories, both open and anonymous, will reach the readers in the media and social networks.
“Often the concept of discrimination remains abstract to many. However, many personal stories, sometimes very painful, other times – more inspiring, lies beneath it. Sharing stories can make us understand how often we actually face discrimination on our daily basis,” says Gediminas Andriukaitis, director of the festival.
Laws in Lithuania prohibit both harassment and direct and indirect discrimination based on age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnic origin, religion or belief. Initiators of the campaign name language, social status, gender identity and marital status as the addition to the basis named in the law.
The campaign of „Inconvenient films“ aims to focus the attention not only to the cases of discrimination defined by law but also to the micro-aggressions that are same as offensive, but more difficult to frame into the definition of a violation of legal terms.
People who have a story to share are invited to send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stories with the hashtag #NEdiskriminacijai and #manoistorija will be published before the festival.
Lithuanian residents who have faced the discrimination have a right to appeal to the Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsman. The complaint may be submitted in writing or filling out an electronic form. It will also be accepted by e-mail or fax. For more information: https://goo.gl/CcqtPc
The special program dedicated to discrimination will present documentaries that respond to longstanding and urgent human rights issues through different creative expressions. The program is composed of documentaries that were recently premiered in world’s film festivals. During the festival “Inconvenient films” held on October 12 – November 5 the special program will be presented in various Lithuanian cities and will include events and discussions.
“Inconvenient Films” –Inconvenient Films is an international competitive human right documentary film festival, taking place in various cities and towns across Lithuania. Established in 2007 as an annual film event, it is currently the biggest documentary film festival in the country and the only film festival of this kind in the Baltic States region. Every year documentary program is enriched by a range of artistic, social, cultural projects and initiatives.
This year the special program on discrimination is supported by the European Commission.