Sunday, 19 November 2017

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Happy 10 year anniversary, Ciné-ONU

As part of our aim to inform and engage audiences here at UNRIC, Ciné-ONU, also known as United Nations Cinema, was set up in 2007. Over time, it has garnered immense popularity and is considered to be one of the most successful outreach initiatives in Europe by the United Nations. Starting off with just a few screenings in 2007, Ciné-ONU, now in its 10th year, holds up to four screenings per month to packed audiences of up to 1,200.

In the first half of 2017 alone, Ciné-ONU has already hosted 17 sell-out events, with latest screenings including films such as ‘Among the Believers’ (tackling extremism), ‘A Plastic Ocean’ (to mark the Ocean Conference 2017), and ‘Salam Neighbor’ (in light of World Refugee Day).   

Each event involves the screening of a film covering a specific UN issue and often marking a UN day, followed by a panel discussion with reputed speakers, who are either connected to the film, to the issue in question, or to both.

The events offer the opportunity for participants to watch premieres of highly acclaimed, award-winning documentaries and engage in interactive discussions with senior UN officials and other personalities. Giving the public a chance to start a conversation concerning important global issues also raises awareness of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

What started off as a project in Brussels has spread to multiple cities. Ciné-ONU screenings have now been held in London, Vienna, Madrid, Geneva, Helsinki, Luxembourg, Paris, Strasbourg, Bonn, The Hague, Rome and will soon be making an appearance in Dublin in autumn 2017. In a decade, Ciné-ONU screenings have had a total attendance of over 90,000 and counting, which highlights the success of this initiative.

And there’s more in the pipeline!

We have a list of dates in our Ciné-ONU diary for future screenings to mark important events such as the International Day of Peace (21st September 2017), International Day of the Girl Child (11th October 2017), Urban October, and International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists (2nd November 2017).

Most of all, a big thank you to our audience members and partners who have supported us throughout the 10 years of the Ciné-ONU journey. We hope to build on our success by continuing to screen documentaries on issues that need to be highlighted. The past 10 years have been great – the next 10 years will only get better!

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"City of Ghosts" - Trailer

To mark the Global Film Festival on Migration and the Together Campaign, the United Nations presents 'City of Ghosts'

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