Discussion and lectures

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. 




Museum of Contemporary Art


06.07.2020. 19:45

The second Tolerance Talk will focus on new ideas and manifestations of fascism and racism in Croatia, Europe and the rest of the world. The Tolerance Talk panellists will discuss the two films from this year’s Festival.

Amfiteatar Bundek


30.06.2020. 20:00

The first Tolerance Talk Darkness behind Closed Doors will focus on the rights of women victims of different forms of violence, including rape, i.e. the rights of women exposed to different forms of secondary victimisation.

Cinema Tuskanac


12.04.2019. 16:00

TOPIC: Clerical sexual abuse

Cinema Kinoteka


11.04.2019. 19:30

TOPIC: female pleasure and the disciplining of the female body

Cinema Kinoteka


10.04.2019. 19:30

TOPIC: fascism

Cinema Kinoteka


09.04.2019. 19:30

TOPIC: Facing Trauma

Cinema Kinoteka


08.04.2019. 19:30

TOPIC: The Crisis of Journalism


26.03.2018. 12:10

12. Festival of Tolerance brings discussion on topics of women abuse, LGBT rights, third age and ecology. Find out all the details in the article.


26.03.2018. 12:05

Zagreb, I love you so much | 11. 4. 2018. | 18:30 | kino Tuškanac


26.03.2018. 12:00

Future of Europe – The Europe we desire | 10. 4. 2018. | 20:00 | cinema Europa

Cinema Europe

What religion means to people?

05.05.2017. 11:00

After the film Sacred. Guest of discussion: Thomas Lennon

Cinema Europa

Holocaust denial: Everyone has their own truth

14.04.2017. 20:30

Discussion is cancelled.

Cinema Tuškanac

Cultural heritage as a nation’s identity

14.04.2017. 19:30

After the film The Destruction of Memory follows the discussion "Cultural heritage as a nation's identity". Guests of the panel are Prof. Dr. Tvrtko Jakovina, teaches World history of the 20th century at Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb; Lana Lovrenčić...

Cinema Europe

All colours of love

13.04.2017. 23:00

After the film Holding the Man, an expert for love, Bruno Šimleša, writer Barbara Matejčić and activist Romana Taylor will discuss differences among us, individuals that suffer because of that and how we can be a bigger support to each other in life and love. 

Cinema Tuškanac

Ecology/Migration/ Chaos & Conflict

13.04.2017. 20:30

A discussion named "Ecology/Migration/Chaos and Conflict" follows after the film The Age of Consequences. Panelists for the discussion are Prof. Dr.  Mirko Bilandžić, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb (Department of Sociology, courses: Terrorism and Society...

Cinema Tuškanac

New life, new future

12.04.2017. 20:30

The movie 'After Spring' brings the story about the Syrian refugee crisis and is followed up with a discussion on the topic of starting a new life and the battle with a new future on an unknown territory, in a new country and in a new community.

Cultural center in Zagreb

Youth and (in)tolerance – bullying and discrimination in schools and how to overcome them

12.04.2017. 19:00

The topic of this roundtable is to discuss the spread of discrimination and discrimination motivated bullying among the youth and how the issue is approached in Croatia, as well as how society deals with discrimination.

Cultural center in Zagreb

Special lecture: Lithuanian cinema

12.04.2017. 17:30

Introducing special lectures by top experts and presenting European cinematography at last year's Festival through the presentation of Svetlana Agrest, Zagreb audience had an opportunity to learn about the 'New wave' of the Ukranian cinematography.

Cinema Tuškanac

War reporting: How easy it is to manipulate public perception

11.04.2017. 20:30

Is there truth without a photograph? How much would we know about World War 2 if there were no images? Discussing the importance of documentaries and photography, their role in the court of public opinion and who are the people who risk their lives to give us the truth that is so easy to manipulate.

Cinema Tuškanac

Military industry – largest war profiteer

10.04.2017. 20:30

After the documentary Shadow world we will have a discussion on the subject of Millitary industry. Discussion guests: Igor Tabak – obris.org analyst Dubravko Gvozdanović – court expert in ballistics, firearms and cold weapons Ratko Martinović  - blogger  of...

Cultural center in Zagreb

Editorial boards under fire – violence against journalists and hate speech in the media

10.04.2017. 19:30

The roundtable entitled 'Editorial boards under fire' will address the exposure of journalists to pressures, threats, violence and incitement aimed at the media and journalists in the public sector and other media.

2nd Festival of Tolerance Montenegro / Podgorica, DODEST hall

Panel discussion on the subject of the Holocaust and remembrance

31.05.2016. 19:00

The project is co-financed from the Europe for citizens fund - EACEA European Remembrance.   

2nd Festival of Tolerance Montenegro / Podgorica, Great Hall KIC

Panel discussion on the subject of reconciliation as a mechanism of distancing from the past

31.05.2016. 12:00

10th. Festival of Tolerance Zagreb, Cinema Tuškanac

Normal: You are, you aren't

15.04.2016. 22:00

Discussion was held on Friday at 10 pm at the Tuškanac cinema after the movie „Natural Disorder“. Movies lead character has physical limitations, but mentally he is the same as his colleagues. At the discussion we will debate what „normal“ really is..

10th. Festival of Tolerance Zagreb, Cinema Tuškanac

Round table: The young - our strenght, how the young develop intercultural dialogue

15.04.2016. 14:00

Round table called „The young - our strength, how the young develop intercultural dialogue“ was held on Friday 15.04.2016. at Tuškanac cinema at 2 pm. The moderator of the round table is Mr. Zoran Pribičević and the participants are professors Romina Makoret, Linda Šimunović Nakić...

Cinema Tuškanac

Lecture: Throughout History To The “New Wave” Of Ukrainian Cinema

15.04.2016. 12:00

Svetlana Agrest- Korotkova 15.04.2016. Cinema Tuškanac – 12 h The Ukrainian cinematography has long been part and parcel of the cinematic world, contributing to its development with highly creative personalities such as Aleksander Dovzhenko and Mikhail Kaufman...

10th. Festival of Tolerance Zagreb, Cinema Europa

Generation Z: No mercy, please

14.04.2016. 22:15

Discussion will take place at cinema Tuškanac on Thursday at 10:15 pm after the movie „Correction Class“. At the discussion we will debate the questions which the movies plot revolves around  such as; are children cruel, are they exposed to cruelty at school and in their own homes just...

10th. Festival of Tolerance Zagreb, Cinema Europa

Animal kingdom: A cage, a trap, a snare

14.04.2016. 18:00

Discussion will be held on Thursday at 6 pm at Europa cinema after the documentary „Racing Extinction“.  Scientists predict that in 100 years time there will be only 50 percent of animal species left on Earth.

10th. Festival of Tolerance Zagreb, Cinema Tuškanac

Adoption: Fighting for family

13.04.2016. 20:30

Discussion was held on Wednesday, at 9:30 PM at cinema Tuškanac after the documentary "The long way home". The film deals with adoptees that are trying to find their biological parents and starts many questions about adoption.

Cinema Tuškanac

Lecture: Primo Levi: Chemistry, Literature And Memory

13.04.2016. 10:00

LUIGI DEI Rector of University of Florence LECTURE  / PRIMO LEVI: CHEMISTRY, LITERATURE AND MEMORY 13.04.2016. Cinema Tuškanac – 10 h Video of the lecture: Luigi Dei, PhD, a professor of physical chemistry and rector at the University of Florence...

10th. Festival of Tolerance Zagreb, Cinema Europa

Democracy: The beauty of differences

12.04.2016. 18:00

Discussion after the movie Through my lens. The guests discussed whether we have become immune to the pictures of horror, which are so common today unlike in the past. Discussion guests: Borna Sor Silvestar Kolbas Damir Očko  

10th. Festival of Tolerance Zagreb, Cinema Tuškanac

Behind the iron curtain: VCR heroes

11.04.2016. 22:15

The discussion after the movie Chuck Norris vs. communism sparked many questions about censorship and how it influenced the films from the 80s. The guest debated if schools should have a pop culture class and that the film gives hope, that there is subtlety and beauty in these times of extreme...

10th. Festival of Tolerance Zagreb, Cinema Tuškanac

Terrorism: Thought behind an explosion

11.04.2016. 20:45

At the discussion held after the film Watching the moon at night we talked about the history of terrorism and its background, or who is behind it and what is the future of the world. The guests concluded that we shouldn’t fear terrorism, but continue to live a normal life. Discussion guests: dr.

10th. Festival of Tolerance Zagreb, Cinema Tuškanac

Europe today: Racial revolution?

10.04.2016. 20:00

The first discussion of the 10th Festival of Tolerance ties in to the film We are young. We are strong, from the director Burhan Qurbani, set of a spirited debate about xenophobia, race, civic upbringing, historic legacy and future of Europe. Discussion guests: prof. dr.  Tomislav Sunić   dr.

10th. Festival of Tolerance Zagreb, Lauba

Round table: "Challenges of Europe"

07.04.2016. 17:00

Round table: "Challenges of Europe" In order to encourage the general public to think about the current biggest challenge of Europe, we are organising a round table entitled "Challenges of Europe", which will be held on April 7th at 17h, in cooperation with our partners...

Mini teater

Discussion: 70 year anniversary since the end of WW2


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