Columbia Global Centers | Paris 4 rue de Chevreuse, Paris 6e
Screen shot from Hello, Dictator, Orbán, the EU and the Rule of Law. Courtesy of UNAFF
For the 15th time, the Arts Arena presents UNAFF and its Traveling Film Festival (TFF). Founded in 1998, UNAFF has screened documentaries by international filmmakers dealing with human rights, the environment, women’s issues, children, refugee protection, homelessness, racism, disease control, universal education, war and peace. Many selections have gone on to win Oscars and other major awards.
Two films will be screened. A discussion and coupe de champagne will follow.
RESURRECTION! AIRTO MOREIRA & THE PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND (20 min) Brazil/US, Director/Producer: Dale Djerassi
Two powerful forces in the world of jazz come together when world renowned Brazilian percussionist Airto Moreira meets the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band on Mardi Gras morning in New Orleans. This is music as medicine for the soul!
DICTATOR. ORBÁN, THE EU AND THE RULE OF LAW (89 min) Germany/Hungary, Director: Michael Wech, Producer: Leopold Hoesch
Since the summer of 2020, the majority of the EU states has been fighting to make the granting of EU funds conditional: Only those nations that abide by the rule of law should receive funds. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is vehemently opposed, and with his blackmailing veto, he plunged the EU into a deep crisis. German Chancellor Merkel finally mediated. Was it appeasement of the autocrat?
This film takes on new urgency today. Angela Merkel is out of office, and Viktor Orbán has just been reelected by a wide margin. He now not only challenges the EU's rule of law but also the EU's sanctions against his friend Vladimir Putin's Russia as it brutally invades Ukraine.
The post-screening discussion will be led by UNAFF’s Founder and Director Jasmina Bojic.