I am delighted to welcome all our guests today at the opening ceremony of our festival. I would like to say a few words to welcome you all here and especially our guests from the international community. Many of you may know, that we have been working very hard on the developing Iraq's first Human Rights film Festival BAGHDAD EYE. Our festival is the first attempt ever in Iraq to use the art of the cinema to raise awareness, and to help spread the culture of human rights in the spirit of tolerance, justice, freedom, love and harmony. Our aim is to reach Iraqi audiences who face all kind of violations and struggles to maintain the basic human rights values in their complex lives. The 11 selected films that will be screened at the Festival will be focusing on three human rights issues: * violence and discrimination against women
* children's rights
* and freedom of expression and opinion
In addition to the screenings, we will be holding panel discussions involving academics, researchers and experts on Iraq's human rights issues. It would be impossible for us to launch Baghdad eye without the support of: * Czech organization, People In Need
* as well as the United Nations Development Programmer (UNDP) * United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) * United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
* and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights I would like to take this opportunity and express my gratitude to all Iraqis who supported the festival and their wonderful work in helping us to bring it all to fruition. I also personally would like to thank the Prague team for displaying discipline, patience and creativity. My special 'thank you' goes to Zuzana Pauková, who injected energy and passion into her work with us to bring this Festival alive. I thank you all for coming, wish you all the best and enjoy the films.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
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