Film screening and debate
Un traductor

Un Traductor

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Auditorium Ivan Pictet, Maison de la paix, Geneva

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In the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Fidel Castro declared that his government would treat tens of thousands of victims in Cuban hospitals. Based on the life of the film directors’ father, Un Traductor tells the story of a Russian literature professor at the University of Havana, who is ordered to work as a translator between Cuban doctors and children sent from the USSR to receive medical treatment for cancer. 

The film (2018, 107 minutes, Spanish and Russian with English subtitles) will be followed by a panel discussion in English and French with:

  • Luisa Ballin, Journalist, Head of Press of the Festival FILMAR en América Latina (moderator)

  • Jean-Pierre Gontard, Honorary Professor, the Graduate Institute, Geneva and President, Festival FILMAR en América latina

  • Michael E. Parmly, former US Diplomat

The screening is organised in partnership with the Festival FILMAR en América Latina, which will take place from 15 November to 1 December 2019.

“A handsomely shot Cuba-Canada production that explores this life-and-death diplomacy through one man's unlikely — and government-mandated — participation in it.” – The Hollywood Reporter 

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Entry is free, however seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.