Fifth edition of Educational mornings with Mirko Ilić and Branko Lustig!
Beside the rich film program which comprises 57 different documentaries, short and feature films, the International Talent Workshop for young filmmakers, the thematic exhibition ‘Anti-masonic Posters’ the Jewish Film Festival stands out with its Educational Mornings. These non-institutional educational happenings which the festival has been organizing since 2009 aim to inform young people about the holocaust and about the value of tolerance – as youngsters are the most important element in building a democratic society.
The program was launched to bring the tragedy of the holocaust closer to the students, and by doing so, to teach them the values of tolerance and acceptance of diversity. In the last four years the educational morning were visited by approximately 5.500 students. Introducing the medium film to educate about the holocaust, it offers a platform to extend knowledge about the Holocaust in an understandable way and to share discussion. With this program the festival got well-known far beyond Croatia's state borders. This year it has again been recommended by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sport and the Agency for Education.
At the set of this year's first educational morning, 20th May 12 o'clock in Kino Europa, the internationally known designer and lecturer Mirko Ilić, who is also the designer of the visual identity of the festival, will hold a multimedia-presentation during which he will elaborate neofascist iconography omnipresent in public areas of territories of former Yugoslavia and beyond. His lecture “Symbols of hate” deals with local and regional issue of suppression and ignorance of visual symbols and hate speech of neo-Nazi groups (skinheads, neo-Nazis or radical soccer fans), which have recently increased in strength, in frequency and violence. As an introduction the german short film “Sein Kampf” will be shown. The director Jakob Zapf depicts a story of defiance, of repression and redemption, of two brothers who belong to the extreme right. This program is intended for high school and college students.
The 2nd program on this year's educational agenda is designed for seven- and eight-graders. It will take place in Zagreb on 23rd May at Kino Europa at 12 o'clock, and in Rijeka on the 7th of June in Art-kino Croatia, also at 12 o'clock. It will start with the screening of the feature film “Wunderkinder”. The director Markus Rosenmüller portrays musically gifted children who start to develop a deep and very sincere friendship towards each other, which makes them overcome their religious and ethnic differences. Following the screening, Branko Lustig will hold a lecture on his personal experiences from concentration camps, the Nazi regime and from his own rich life experiences he will spread the message of forgiveness, of love for your neighbor and of forgiveness. Precisely for the purpose of teaching today’s children about the atrocities of WWII concentration camps, Branko Lustig has been tireless in retelling his experiences from the camps; about the horrors that must not happen ever again.