Millenium Festival inspires film lovers

Over 70 movies will be screened from 22 to 30 March in Brussels

Too Beautiful - Our Right to Fight

The 11th edition of the Millenium Documentary Film Festival is kicking off. It is taking place from 22 to 30 March in Brussels and will present more than 70 documentaries from around the world, three-fourths of which are Belgian premieres. Film lovers say that the Millenium Festival is in fact a window open to the world as well as a sensitive mirror of the events of our lives. At the opening ceremony on 22 March in Bozar will be screened Too Beautiful - Our Right to Fight, by Maceo Frost.

 A Cuban woman, Namibia Flores Rodriguez, hopes one day to win the Olympic gold medal in boxing. Even though her homeland boasts more boxing gold than any other country, women are not allowed to enter the ring. But Namibia is still fighting for her chance.

The awards ceremony will be on 29 March also in Bozar. There will be special screenings dedicated to Romania, and also to the 100th anniversary of Korean cinema.

We will highlight some of the major themes of the globalised world: the consumption in all its forms, challenges of the environment, women's rights, but also the hidden sides of social networks and the unknown America (United States), Zlatina Rousseva, artistic director of the festival said, noting that in the present material world, the festival is a spiritual celebration. We invite you to join our meetings with directors, authors, specialists, debates and exchanges, master classes, festive moments, music and a glass of cheer, Lubomir Gueorgiev, president of the festival added.

The main theme this year will be “Consume at all costs” - at a time when concerns about climate change are so pressing, the festival will highlight the consequences of the huge consumption on the environment. Panorama America, in collaboration with Bozar, marks this thread. The festival invited American photographer Lauren Greenfield who for years is tracing out the ravages of materialism in our civilisation and furnishing documentary evidence of the American dream of wealth and notoriety. Her documentary Generation Wealth - in which she questions the obsession with luxury, accumulation, the aspiration to become rich at any cost - will be presented at the festival. Next in the panorama is the documentary America - a moving and inspiring story of three brothers gathered to take care of their charismatic 93-year-old grandmother.

The film Vacancy showcases the ultimate refuge for the forgotten in the American dream, the motel in the United States is home to a whole population of the forgotten, of drifting humans who, from crisis to crisis - economic and personal - have been dispossessed of everything. In Freedom Is a Big Word, Mohammed Motan Mohammed spent thirteen years of his life in Guantanamo Bay. At the age of 38, he tried his luck in Uruguay, wanting to erase the traumas of detention.

The Great March for Climate action inspired the festival, and a series of powerful documentaries on climate change, the consumption patterns and climate justice will be featured on 24 March. Wide debates will be held in addition to the screenings.

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