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Uruguay Celebrates Women's Empowerment Through Film

  • The Spanish documentary

    The Spanish documentary "Garbanzos with sugar" by Antonio Aguilar will screen at the festival, which runs until Saturday. | Photo: Captura

Published 21 June 2016

The International Film Festival of Human Rights will highlight children and adolescents as this year's theme.

Uruguay launched its fifth International Film Festival of Human Rights, or “We Must See,” on Monday to promote women’s empowerment, focusing on children and adolescents.

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The festival, which runs until Saturday, will feature at least 18 feature films and 13 short films from across Europe, the United States and Syria, among others. The event also examined local issues regarding women’s rights, citing on its website that last year, 40 women were victims of femicide.

“We aim to display, from different angles and approaches, some of the many cases of discrimination and subjugation suffered by women in their daily lives, in order to help create a ‘different positioning’ on these issues,” says the festival’s website. “At the same time, (we aim to) reflect and to assume the burden of our place in society, deconstructing relative ‘truths’ that only through individual and collective we may break.”

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The opener was a film on the Indigenous Guarani community that spans both Paraguay and Argentina, a directorial debut for the Argentine Luis Zorraquin. A Brazilian short,”What time will she return,” will close the festival.

Films will compete in six categories, with prizes from US$500 to US$1,000.
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