Open discussions related to the topics of selected movie and documentary projections were introduced last year in the ninth edition of the Festival of Tolerance – JFF Zagreb, as an answer to the needs and suggestions of our faithful audiences.
The idea was to create a public platform for an exchange of opinions, questions and answers, agreements and disagreements. Besides experts in the relevant social fields, these discussions are also open to the audience, as an important factor in co-creating public opinion, stimulating of cultural communication with an aim of building a more open and tolerant society.
The programme of this year's Festival started with a shorter edition in Ljubljana in January 2016, which featured a panel discussion with the theme of the “70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War”, announcing the future activities and the main part of the programme, organized in co-operation with Mini Teatar from Ljubljana, anchored by the distinguished Slovenian journalist Ksenija Horvat.
The discussion was also participated by eminent experts from Slovenia, Italy and Croatia, as well as Branko Lustig, the president of the Festival of Tolerance and a Holocaust survivor.
The date for the discussion, September 2, has not been chosen by chance. This date officially marks the end of the Second World War, whose consequences can be felt to this day. This is especially the case in our region, where a constant problem is posed by relating antifascism to communism, which we are unfortunately witnessing through current (un)political events in Croatia. There have also been talks of the process of confronting with our past and accepting it, with an aim of developing a better and more tolerant future.
Every year we strive to offer our audiences a richer programme with better quality. Apart from discussions as a novelty, for the needs of the Festival in Ljubljana, we have introduced an additional discussion in the form of video conference, which was held on February 26, live streaming from Zagreb and Ljubljana. The topic of “absence of place for marking the Holocaust in Croatia and Slovenia”, eminent speakers, experts from social, cultural and political life, as well as senior officials, discussed the current situation in both countries, about the relationship towards the Holocaust and facing the past in general, as well as (not) accepting our common past.
This programme, which proved to be quite successful, was co-financed by Europe for Citizens Programme / EACEA European Remembrance.
The jubilee 10th Festival of Tolerance this year brings numerous discussions, a round table under the auspices of UNHCR on certainly the most current topic of today – the issue of refugees and the so-called refugee crisis. A talk will be held to discuss the causes and consequences, challenges and possibilities and ways how to solve this problem. The European Union still has not found a convincing answer to the posed challenges, from the very bureaucracy, quotas, paper work to human trafficking and inhuman building of fences in border regions. There is a growing presence of stratification among member states, which brings into question the solidarity within the EU and a possible scenario of spreading the “refugee crisis” to the “crisis within the EU”.
Through questions and answers, participant expertise, experience and perception of the audience and reasoning, together we will nurture the culture of tolerant and polite communication, create a culture of dialogue and help to express public opinion in the time to which we belong.
The project is co-financed from the Europe for citizens fund - EACEA European Remembrance.
Sorry, at the moment this entry is only available in Croatian. The project is co-financed from the Europe for citizens fund - EACEA European Remembrance.
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