Australian Film Premiere and Panel Discussion to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The Embassy of Switzerland, in partnership with the ANU Film Group, the ANU Law Reform & Social Justice, Amnesty International Australia and the ANU Centre for European Studies, celebrates the 70th anniversary of the UDHR by hosting the Australian premiere of Markus Imhoof's Eldorado, a critically acclaimed film on challenges faced by refugees over the last 70 years.
Eldorado is a unique documentary drawing parallels between the perilous journeys refugees take to reach Europe today and Imhoof's own childhood through Giovanna, a refugee child taken in by his family during World War II. Giovanna's story is interwoven with 2017 testimonies from a number of African and Middle Eastern refugees. From the Italian warship saving desperate people from the sea to the camps where refugees are exploited by organised crime, each footage shot echoes yesterday's tragedies of people whom basic human rights have been denied.
As Stefano Vescovi, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Switzerland in Australia, states: "Like the Southern Cross, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights shines out like a beacon to help orientate us, always and wherever we are."
For the very first time, different organisations - ANU Film Group, ANU Law Reform & Social Justice, Amnesty International Australia, ANU Centre for European Studies - unite their efforts with the Embassy of Switzerland to give a voice to the voiceless.
The screening will be followed by a 30 minute discussion on the current state of the 'age of rights' with the following guest speakers:
• Nai Jit Lam, Deputy Regional Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Canberra,
• Kate Waterford, Vice President, Board of Amnesty International Australia,
• Dr Kim Huynh, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences and author of Where the Sea Takes Us (2008, Collins)
Matthew Zagor, Associate Professor ANU College of Law, will moderate and conclude the discussion.
Swiss wine & cheese will be served after the discussion.