Millenium International Documentary Film Festival to promote MDGs

25 May 2010

A community of 400 Polynesians, the flower-growing industry in Kenya and the Congolese civil war are some of the topics being tackled by filmmakers at the second Millenium International Documentary Film Festival in Brussels.

Supported by the United Nations, the Festival – which runs from 12-18 June – casts a spotlight on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by focusing people’s attention on what still needs to be done. The weeklong festival includes a slate of 45 films, a series of special events and panel discussions.

“Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars,” the opening night film on 12 June, tells the story of a group of musicians who escaped the horrific violence of Sierra Leone's civil war, landed in a West African refugee camp and formed a band which has since become an international musical sensation. The band will perform live after the screening.

Other films include “There Once Was an Island,” about a Polynesian community affected by the negative results of climate change; “A Blooming Business,” which focuses on three people exposed to the violent working conditions of the Kenyan flower-growing industry; and “Fighting the Silence,” which uncovers the story of survivors of the Congo civil war.

The Festival is an independent initiative by documentary filmmakers to show that there are men and women with their own lives, stories and identities behind the eight MDGs.

“The documentary film is a process before being a result. It is the fruit of the personal research by a film director who becomes embedded and submerged in the reality of others,” Lubomir Gueorguiev, the President of the Millenium International Documentary Film Festival, said. “Our mission is to present innovative documentaries from around the world that make us face fundamental questions for humanity.”

Among the 17 movies in competition, awards will be given in the following categories: Best Film, Best Development Content (offered by the United Nations Development Programme), Best Human Rights Content (offered by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights), along with the Special Award by the Jury and Audience Award.

Contact Information

Stefania Di Paola, UN/UNDP Office in Brussels
Email: stefania.dipaola@undp.org; Tel: +32 (0)2 5054623

Maxime Kouvaras, Press contact, Millenium International Documentary Film Festival
Email: press@festivalmillenium.org; Tel: +32 486 296755

Festival website: www.festivalmillenium.org

Tickets can be purchased directly at the venues: http://www.festivalmillenium.org/en/infos/

For trailers of all the movies in competition, see:
http://www.festivalmillenium.org/en/programme/

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