It takes a nation to protect the nation
Tues 11 Nov 6.30 -9 pm: Film screening followed by Panel Discussion
‘Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus’
Thurs 13 Nov 6.30-9pm: Film Screening followed by Panel Discussion
‘The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story Of Aaron Swartz’
Sat 15 Nov 6.30 – 9pm: Closing night
‘Freedom Short, Music and Teasers With ‘Ai Weiwei: The FAke Case’ bonus clips
The art competition is organised by Passion for Freedom, an independent group of friends standing up for freedom of speech and artistic expression.
The annual international festival is a rare collection of works of “courageous artists” in the categories of film, photography, painting, sculpture, publications, journalism, book, performance and other forms of artistic expression. So far the competition has featured hundreds artists from all over the world, including Sarah Maple, Steve Rosenthal, Robb Leech, Firoozeh Bazrafkan, Mehdi-Georges Lahlou among others.
“Brave” artists from around the world such as Ai Weiwei (who spent three months in prison and is banned from contacting the media), Jafar Panahi (several times arrested on charges of propaganda against the Islamic Republic), Johan van der Dong (no galleries in Europe have courage to show his work for the fear of attacks), Ferri Farahmandi, Azadeh Behroozi and many others, showed their works at the PFF festival and still have the courage to create despite the threat to their lives and the safety of their family. Some are forced to hide behind a nickname, others withdraw their works or self-censor themselves to avoid “offending religious feelings”.
WHAT IS FREEDOM?
HOW EASY IS IT TO LOSE IT?
HOW HARD IS IT TO GET IT BACK?
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