Florence November 27th - December 4th 2015

International documentary film festival


4,500 Celebrities and Film Professionals Raise their Voices FOR A THOUSAND LIVES: BE HUMAN.

Emmanuelle Béart, Susanne Bier, Alfonso Cuarón, Dany Boon, Daniel Craig, Jean Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Bruno Ganz, Michael Haneke, Agnieszka Holland , Isabelle Huppert, Aki Kaurismäki, Claude Lanzmann , Sophie Marceau, Mike Leigh, Cristian Mungiu, Pawel Pawlikowski, Isabella Rossellini, Marjane Satrapi, Til Schweiger, Ulrich Seidl, Thomas Vinterberg and many more…

The Filmmakers appeal appeal to their national governments and the European Commission to handle the humanitarian crisis in accordance with the basic values of the European Union, which stipulate “respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities (...) in a society in which pluralism, nondiscrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men prevail."
(Article 2, Treaty on E.U. 2008)

The Filmmakers appeal for immediate action to be taken and above all, to
place these basic values at the core of asylum politics:

The European Union must offer legal ways for people fleeing war, terror, or political persecution to seek protection in the E.U. by setting up infrastructures in their countries of origin, and in third party countries, where they can apply for asylum. This will stop forcing them to take illegal routes, and risk their lives.

European nations must act in solidarity as we are facing the biggest
refugee crisis since WWII.
The Dublin convention has obviously led to absurd and unjust burdens for the border countries of the E.U. Consequently, immediately repealing the Dublin convention and enforcing a better division of refugees among the E.U. states is a must.

The European Countries must create living conditions for refugees that embrace human rights, personal freedom, dignity and physical safety without restriction, and devote the necessary means to ensure that refugees can work legally, get access to education and build a new life.

Europe must act now. Let’s not risk another life!

Shocked by the recent events that took the current humanitarian crisis right into the heart of the EU, Belgian documentary filmmaker Nathalie Borgers and Austrian producer Ursula Wolschlager have started an initiative calling on European film professionals to raise their voices concerning the current situation. It became viral and gained thousands of
supporters within a week.


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