Tolerance talk

Current social events (the issue of refugees, women's rights, minorities, hooliganism at sporting events, intolerance towards other and different) increasingly reveal certain social and cultural antagonisms, so the need to speak out about injustices, insisting on the dialogue and cooperation of the entire community in the fight against discrimination is one of the main objectives of the 11th Festival of Tolerance.

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 eleventh edition of the Festival brings seven discussions related to the movies that will be shown at the Festival. The movies with the follow-up discussions are 'The Age of Consequences', 'Sacred, 'The Destruction of Memory', 'Under Fire', 'Denial', 'Holding The Man' and 'Shadow World'.

'The Age of Consequences' is a movie that investigates the impacts of climate change, resource scarcity, migration and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability. Whether a long-term vulnerability or sudden shock, the film explains how water and food shortages, extreme weather, drought and sea-level rise function as accelerants of instability and catalysts of conflict. The ensuing discussion will deal with the issues of ecology, migration, chaos and conflict and will host participants who deal with these pressing issues from a professional standpoint.

The director Thomas Lennon is the guest of this year's Festival and his movie 'Sacred' will be screened at the Festival. What makes the movie special is the fact that it was created by more than 40 filmmaking teams who bring the stories of the daily use of faith and spiritual practice. At a time when religious hatreds dominate the world's headlines, this film explores faith as primary human experience, and how people turn to ritual and prayer to navigate the milestones and crises of private life. The film's director commissioned or sourced footage from top independent filmmakers from more than 25 countries – and a wide range of religious traditions – each team contributing a single scene. The film is followed up by a discussion about the meaning of religion to the common man in his everyday life.

'The Destruction of Memory' is a film about the destruction of architecture, books and art in war times and how to preserve culture and art in such cruel conditions. The ensuing discussion examines the concept of cultural heritage as the identity of a nation.

The big issue of denying the Holocaust will be the topic of the discussion right after the movie 'Denial' by Mick Jackson. The movie is based on the acclaimed book 'Denial: Holocaust History on Trial' and recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt's (Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (played by Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a holocaust denier. In the English legal system, in cases of libel, the burden of proof is on the defendant; therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team led by Richard Rampton (played by Tom Wilkinson) to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred.

The discussion dealing with the issue of gay love will follow after the movie 'Holding the Man'. The movie was directed by Niel Armfield and it brings a warm and witty story about a 15-year long romance between the young actor Timothy Conigrave and the captain of the football team John Cale and how their love endured in the cruel times of prejudices and the dangerous disease of the 1980's.

'Underfire' is a movie about Tony Vaccaro, a Second World War photographer who created some of the most impressive photos of the notorious war. The topic of the discussion that follows right after the movie is about war reporting and manipulating the public.

Another war-related discussion will be the one following the movie 'Shadow World', dealing with the issues of a military industry as the biggest war profiteer. Based on Andrew Feinstein's book 'The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade', John Grimonprez directed the movie 'Shadow World' which shows how the international trade in weapons – with the complicity of governments and intelligence agencies, investigative and prosecutorial bodies, weapons manufacturers, dealers and agents – fosters corruption and undermines democracy. The movie reveals the real costs of war and the follow-up discussion will be directly related to the issue of military war profiteering.

By pointing out the glitches in the process of integration, such as the lack of willingness to achieve a truly pluralist society, the sluggishness of institutions in carrying out the objectives, the lack of basic tools to construct and develop an integrated community, leads to opening the social dialogue and encourages other festivals to speak out on these important and current issues.

These are the issues, dealt with not only in the movies but also in the ensuing discussions, that initiate the opening of a dialogue with the purpose of developing a genuinely tolerant society in the full sense of the word.


Along with the abovementioned discussions, this year the Festival is organizing a roundtable discuss style to address the topic of emigrating to another country, that is immigration to a new territory and an attempt to start a new life in refugee camps.

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 – 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


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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