Barbara Hendricks and Amos Gitaï: artistic commitment to human rights
As Philanthropia’s donors are sensitive to human rights, for three years the Foundation has been supporting the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH) taking place in Geneva in March.
This year’s support focussed on a conversation between Barbara Hendricks and Amos Gitaï during which each artist outlined the moral imperatives driving their commitment to human rights, and the way it shapes their creation work. An intellectual but also highly emotional moment that energized the audience.
“I did not choose activism, activism chose me”, says the Swiss and Swedish singer Barbara Hendricks, born in Arkansas during segregation, and an active witness to the struggles led by Martin Luther King. She is one of the most admired artists in the world and the only UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador for Life, appointed in 1987. Amos Gitaï, an internationally renowned Israeli filmmaker, has demonstrated throughout his career that cinema can be a powerful political tool and form of resistance. Longtime friends, they are both connected by a common passion for music, cinema, and world affairs. Barbara Hendricks appeared in Gitaï’s film Désengagement in 2007, and Gitai has recently directed the opera, Otello de Verdi in Naples.
Photo © Miguel Bueno / FIFDH