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Human rights fest set for Geneva

Film festival runs from March 10 - 18

Human rights violations in China, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, child labor, immigration and terrorism will be the themes at this year’s Intl. Film Festival on Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland, running March 10-18.

Vanessa Redgrave will join France’s former U.N. ambassador Stephane Hessel and writer Russell Banks on the jury, which will bestow the Sergio Vieira de Mello Award for artistic quality in film sponsored by the city of Geneva as well as the World Organization Against Torture Award, acknowledging filmmakers’ commitment to human dignity.

Belgian director Thierry Michel and Israeli helmer Amos Gitai will be on hand for the screenings of their respective pics “Congo River, Beyond Darkness” and “News From the House.”

This year the event is organizing actions of solidarity for Tibet, Chechnya and human rights defenders and victims of violations in China.

Fest will take place during the 62nd session of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights.

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