Igor Stepanov on the Stalker International Human Rights Film Festival

posted 13 Jan 2012, 12:45 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 13 Jan 2012, 12:57 ]
Over the years the Festival has become an important event in the cultural life of Russia and a distinctive barometer that reflects the spectrum of human rights issues through the art of the cinema.

The history of the Stalker Festival 
In the 1990s film directors often addressed the theme of Stalin’s repressions and the problems faced by prisoners. This is how the name “Stalker” appeared, taken from the famous film of the same name by Andrei Tarkovsky. The Stalker International Film Festival on Human Rights has been held in Moscow since 1995. It is an annual event. 

The festival traditionally starts on 10 December, the day of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. At the opening ceremony the special Stalker Prize is presented to the heroes of the documentary films to be shown at the Festival whose lives have been dedicated to protecting human rights. During the year that follows, the prize-winning films are screened in Russia’s regions as part of the charitable activities of the Stalker Festival. The President of the Festival is the well-known film director Marlen Khutsiev. [Read more]

Igor Stepanov
General Producer of the Stalker International Human Rights Film Festival 
13 January 2012