Give voice to those who have none 2013

 
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SPECIAL CATEGORY 2013 “GIVE VOICE TO THOSE WHO HAVE NONE” – SHORT FILM COMPETITION


“GIVE VOICE TO disABILITY – BREAKING THE SILENCE OF PREJUDICE”
During the fifth edition of the Sabaoth International Film Festival (S.I.F.F.) which will be held in Milan from the 13nd to the 16th of March, 2013 there will be a SPECIAL COMPETITION for short films on the theme of “(dis)ABILITY”.

In the last editions, the S.I.F.F. gave voice and visibility to issue of abuse suffered by women, in particular domestic violence, with a series of round tables, discussions and screenings (2011) and in 2008 to the massacres in Orissa, (India).

This time, the objective is to bring to the forefront the hidden faces and problems related to the world of those who are physically and/or mentally challenged and to either narrate the numerous wonderful stories of integration or denounce the prejudice and violence still suffered by those who are “differently able”. We hope to provoke the same question in all of us: “what if I’m the different one?”

The Special Category films should be maximum 3 minutes long and can either:
  1. narrate inspiring stories of challenges that have been overcome and victories that have been achieved, focusing on the “different” ways abilites can be expressed, (audible dialogue with Italian subtitles is permitted);
  2. denounce injustice, prejudice and violence towards those who are physically and/or mentally challenged, (no audible dialogue is permitted).
We believe that ignorance is birthed out of fear and that prejudice is birthed out of ignorance. If we open the door to “the other”, considering ourselves not “different to” but “similar to”, then we can plant a tiny seed that will one day blossom into one of the numerous fruits of acceptance and integration.

The English expression “physically and mentally challenged” really spoke to us.
Everyone, at one time or another, faces challenges that are emotional, physical or mental. Maybe, if we unite our strengths, we can face these challenges TOGETHER and walk the path of bridging the gap between ourselves and “others” that, at times, seems so distant.
We will speak of the violence that disabled people are often subject to, and that is frequently hidden in the silence of those who are unable to speak.
We will also “give voice” to the untirable families and to the extraordinary workers who run the same race together, a race that more than often is uphill and solitary, trying to understand together how we can better sustain the network that already exists and identify where the holes in the net are.
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Short Film Competition
GIVE VOICE TO disABILITY
BREAKING THE SILENCE
OF PREJUDICE”
 

The Festival aims at becoming a place in which those who “have no voice”, can express their tragedy, thus creating a greater awareness in the general public. Every human being deserves respect and the right to live in dignity yet violence. Our aim is to help those who are suffering the consequences of violence (both men and women) to embark on a path of healing that will lead them out of those psychological and spiritual prisons (within them and outside of them) in which many victims of abuse are trapped.

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