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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 302

European filmmakers deliver refugee crisis appeal to European Parliament

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 22 ottobre 2015

European Parliament President Martin-schulz, Civil Liberties Committee Chair Claude Moraes and Culture Committee Chair Silvia Costa received an appeal today by European filmmakers on the current refugee crisis in Europe – “For A Thousand Lives: Be Human”.The delegation of European film directors and actors of various nationalities called on the European Union to take measures to ensure that member states respond to the refugee crisis by acting jointly, in solidarity, and with humanity, in accordance with the EU’s founding values.After receiving the filmmakers’ appeal, President Schulz said: “I welcome very warmly this initiative. The majority of Europeans favours helping refugees. With this initiative and many others by civil society, we show that we stay mobilized to find a fair solution in a spirit of solidarity and humanity”.”European filmmakers came to the Parliament today because they understand the power of images and that the European Union is also a Union of values in the midst of the refugee crisis. For this reason, they are right to speak out on refugees, as the winter sets in, to call on member states to shake off their complacency and populism, and focus on a practical, organised, compassionate action in place of inertia”, added Civil Liberties Committee Chair Claude Moraes. “Cinema, creativity and culture have a crucial role in raising citizens’ awareness and the responsibility of national and European institutions. We are delighted to have received at the European Parliament the call from directors and actors who, with their valuable work, can give a voice and eyes to the dramatic situation of refugees. We share with them the goal of a more cohesive and inclusive Europe”, concluded Culture Committee Chair Silvia Costa.
Claude Moraes and Silvia Costa held a press conference at 14.30 with French director Michel Hazanavicius (5 Oscars, 6 Césars, 7 Baftas, and 3 Golden Globes for “The Artist”), Italian actress and director Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, German cinema icon Hanna Schygulla, French director Laurent Cantet (Palme d’or for “Entre les murs”), and Polish actor Andrzej Chyra.

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