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Good morning from the Geneva Solutions newsroom. With the crisis escalating in Ukraine, it could be easy to lose sight of other human rights issues and violations happening in countries across the world and being discussed during this month’s Human Rights Council.

Opening tomorrow, Geneva’s International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights’ vast programme tells some of those personal stories while also exposing some uncomfortable truths closer to home, as our story below describes.

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Je suis noires (I am Black) co-director Rachel M'Bon. (Credit: FIFDH)

📽️Racism in the spotlight. The programme of the 20th International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights opening tomorrow in Geneva reflects an era of profound upheaval: the pandemic, of course, but also other issues such as racism from another age. The death of George Floyd triggered a wave of testimonies from across the world. In Switzerland too, voices are being raised against “a systemic, institutional and ordinary racism” that is rooted in everyday mentalities. For Rachel M'Bon, co-director with Juliana Fanjul of the film Je Suis Noires (I am Black), broadcast as part of the theme, Black and Swiss: putting an end to systemic racism, it is time to find solutions so that being a black woman and Swiss is a normality.

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