From 25th to 29th of March in the framework of the European week against racism an international Film Festival “Open Your Eyes!” will take place in Saint-Petersburg. A Festival was thought as an independent public forum for discussions and exchange of opinions on possibilities of overcoming the problem of racism and xenophobia in Saint-Petersburg, Russia and Europe. The aim of the Film Festival is – on one hand attract the attention of the public of Saint-Petersburg to the problems of xenophobia and contribute to the strengthening tolerance in the society, on the other – bring together already existing initiatives of the citizens on the ground of opposing racism and xenophobia, and create a solid community able to effectively counteract development of right-wing movement in Saint-Petersburg This year the Festival will take place in one of the biggest alternative movie theatres of the city – “Rodina”. The program of the Festival includes:
- Run of the contemporary fiction and documentary movies dedicated to the problems of racism and xenophobia
- Set of discussions with participation of the specially invited experts – well-known human rights activists, journalists, film directors, representatives of the city authorities, NGO activists – organisers and participants of the specific projects on fighting xenophobia from Russia and Europe
- Exposition of the work of young photographers from different countries devopted to the problem of racial and ethnic intolerance in Saint-Petersburg.Enter to all events of the Film Festival is free of charge.