Event information

11 March 2017, 15:00-18:00

International film festival and forum on human rights - Fighting hunger and poverty: the cases of Brazil and India


Portrait of Dilma Rousseff Portrait of Dilma Rousseff


The International film festival and forum on human rights (FIFDH) and the Geneva Academy welcome former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, who along with her predecessor Luiz Inacio ‘Lula’ da Silva initiated ‘Fome Zero’ (Zero Hunger), one of the most ambitious programmes to fight hunger on such a scale. It enabled more than 20 millions of Brazilians to escape hunger.

India has about 200 million undernourished people. Under the pressure of civil society and after several hard-fought legal battles, the Supreme Court has successfully implemented a system to ensure the delivery of food to the poorest, often subject of speculation and corruption. Can these two examples be replicated elsewhere ? What are, in both cases, the lessons learned ?

A talk with Dilma Rousseff will start the event. It will be followed by the screening of the film An Insignificant Man and a panel discussion on economic, social and cultural rights.


Colin Gonsalves, Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India, social and economic rights defender, and Founder of the Human Rights Law Network

Dilma Rousseff, Former President of Brazil

Christophe Golay, Research Fellow and Strategic Adviser, Geneva Academy


Darius Rochebin, Journalist, RTS


Fighting hunger and poverty: the cases of Brazil and India

A talk with Dilma Rousseff on the occasion of the International film festival and forum on human rights. It was followed by the screening of the film An Insignificant Man and a panel discussion on social and economic rights.


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