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Luxembourg film festival highlights world social problems

07.10.2013 From our online archive
The Cinéma du Sud Festival is back this year to raise awareness about the world's social issues by showing how people around the world are trying to make a change for the better in a series of screenings over the next two months.

(MSS) The Cinéma du Sud Festival is back this year to raise awareness about the world's social issues by showing how people around the world are trying to make a change for the better in a series of screenings over the next two months.

Originally launched by a number of NGOs, the “South Cinema” festival has put focus on global problems since it's creation in 2010.

This year's edition puts people who work to make a chance for the better, fighting problems like HIV/AIDS, extreme poverty and hunger and gender equality in the spotlight, together with the individuals and victims, who suffer the realities of epidemics, starvation and poorly structured societies.

To combat HIV/AIDS and malaria, and eradicate extreme poverty and hunger are just two examples of the eight goals the Millennium Declaration, signed by members of the United Nations General Assembly in 2000, was set to reach by 2015, but as of 2013, results are mixed.

Extreme poverty in all regions of the world is declining, and considerable process has been made in achieving primary education for all boys and girls, as well as reducing infant mortality.

But as the festival aims to emphasise, we tend to perceive these changes in numbers and figures, and perhaps forget that behind the statistics are real people and their lives, which Cinéma du Sud will be putting in the spotlight from October 10 until December 5 with screenings of a new film once a week at Ciné Utopia.

Tickets are available at the regular Utopia rate; however a “smart purchase” of four tickets for 24 euros valid for all nine films is also available.

All the films will start at 6.30pm on the respective dates and the program includes:

  • People and numbers, October 10 (Greek with English subtitles)
  • Pierre Rabhi, au nom de la terre, October 17 (French with English subtitles)
  • Vandana Shiva - Von Saatgut und Saatgutmultis, October 24 (German)
  • Dirty Paradise, October 31 (French with English subtitles)
  • War Child, November 7 (English)
  • Ceci c'est ma terre... Hébron, November 14 (Arabic, Hebrew and English with English subtitles)
  • Born into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids, November 21 (English and Bengali with French and Dutch subtitles)
  • Voices of Transition, November 28 (English
  • Sweet Dreams, December 5 (English and Kinyarwanda with English subtitles)

For additional information visit cinemadusud.lu.