Winner of the prestigious Sundance Festival, a stunning documentary and an example of breathtaking field reportage, Last Man in Aleppo, directed by Feras Fayyad, follows the internationally acclaimed White Helmets, an organization of ordinary citizens who are the first to rush towards explosions in hope they will save the lives of their fellow citizens. We had the opportunity to watch the film at the 12th Festival of Tolerance and now it is offered through Restart’s Doku-isolation action. This will be the first film shared on April 6th as part of the new program Festival of Tolerance and UNHCR Croatia Recommend… on the Festival of Tolerance online platforms - Facebook Fan Page, Instagram and Twitter. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the Festival of Tolerance and UNHCR Croatia will recommend refugee-related films, in total twenty of them.
"Today, more than ever, we know how important a home is. A place of safety, comfort, intimacy and happiness. Numerous people, seventy million worldwide, have no home. The coronavirus and the severe earthquake in Zagreb pushed them out of the media, but they have not disappeared. In collaboration with UNHCR, we will propose films for our long days in isolation that emotionally address the issue of refugees in the hope that the solidarity and empathy we now all need, will strengthen and find their way into our society.", said Nataša Popović, director of the Festival of Tolerance.
Everyday life completely stopped, but the wars and persecution did not. And as the whole world unites in the fight against coronavirus, people continue to flee their homes in search of safety. The measures taken by some countries could completely deny access to the right to ask for asylum, so we should not forget about those fleeing war and persecution, says the UNHCR.
“The worst of crises requires the best of humanity. Just like all of us, now refugees need solidarity and compassion more than ever.”, said Giuseppe Di Caro, UNHCR Representative in Croatia.
The cycle will continue on Wednesday, April 8, with the award-winning film Import, directed by Ena Sendijarević, premiered at Cannes 2016. The backbone of the plot is a young Bosnian refugee family who ends up in a small Dutch village after being granted protection in 1994. One absurd situation overtakes another as they try to make their home in the new world. For Friday, April 10, the Festival of Tolerance and UNHCR Croatia recommend the film Borders, signed by Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam, globally known as M.I.A, musician and activist who continually draws attention to the problems of refugees through her work. No wonder, considering she was a refugee herself. The visually attractive, provocative video for Borders suits the end of the week and the online parties and gatherings where we meet our friends.