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Panel 2009

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Asbestos: a social drama

Round table discussants Eleonora Artesio (Piemonte Regional Health Commissioner), Raffaele Guariniello
(Head district attorney, District of Turin), Nicola Pondrano (General secretary of the Casale Chamber of Labor), authors of the documentary film 600.000 fibre per un respiro Max Carnè, Enza Carpignano; Lorenzo Gigli, Michele Ruggiero, journalists.

On 10 December 2009, the Turin court will hear the class action suit against the head management of Eternit, a Swiss-Belgian multinational, following allegations of culpable disaster and responsibility for the deaths resulting from the willing removal of safety protection in Italian factories. For 80 years Eternit had operated factories in Italy for manufacturing asbestos, which is know to cause pleural mesothelioma, an untreatable lung tumor. It is estimated that in the Casale Monferrato (Alessandria) area alone, where Eternit's largest Italian factory was in operation until 1985, over 2000 workers and residents died of asbestos-related diseases. The extent of the widespread fatalities was also due to the rapid dispersion of asbestos fibers and dust over an area of up to 40 km in diameter. Disease onset can occur even 30-40 years after exposure. According tocharges by the Turin district attorney's office, the company was aware of the fatal danger of asbestos exposure. The evidence is contained in the thousands of documents of direct and indirect testimony. Forming the background to this social drama are the men and women who had to choose between hazardous work, which provided them with a minimum livelihood, and the risks involved, while the State often washed it hands of the matter, just like Pontius Pilatus.

Cinema Massimo

October 13th, 18.1pm

 

 

Quality of the End of Life

Life-prolonging technologies and procedures, quality of the end of life, and existential solitude managed by contemporary medicine are the topics of this brief focus on bioethics on the Festival program. The current debate surrounding end-of-life bioethics in Italy has sharpened the dilemma on the value of life, raising controversy where balanced theoretical and ethical perspectives are needed, instead. Advances in technology and medicine have created complex situations in which opinion leaders and policymakers are struggling to adjust to the new realities. Recent developments and political discussion have stirred up the public’s interest and concern about civil rights and appropriate end-of life-care. Answers from several different viewpoints, perhaps not fully shared, but at least respected, are needed. Discussion panel members are: Hon. Fabio Granata – Popolo delle Libertà (center-right party), Hon. Eugenio Massarella – Partito Democratico (center-left party), Don Ermis Segatti – lecturer in the history of Christianity and extra-European theologies, School of Theology of Northern Italy, Parallel Campus, Turin Fiorello Cortina, creator of the Sharing Consciousness conferences, will moderate.

Cinema Massimo

October 11th, 18.3pm

 

 

Keynote Lecture

WOLFGANG SACHS

GROWTH HAS STOPPED: AN OPPORTUNITY FOR A NEW DEVELOPMENT MODEL

Compounding the climate crisis and the energy crunch is the financial and economic crash. A social and human disaster, but also an opportunity to reconvert and redirect on a path of sustainability a turbo economy that had lost its sense of limits and rules. A unique opportunity to rethink the social, economic and cultural foundations of a model based on unlimited consumption and growth. Man’s environmental footprint has surpassed the planet’s resources. The footprint left by the masses is far smaller than that made by the few. A problem of social inequality that characterizes the relationship between the northern and the southern hemispheres and that within many developed countries as well.

Professor at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, the Environment and Energy, Mr. Sachs is a renowned expert on globalization and sustainability, the environment and development, and new models of wealth. Among his book titles available in Italian translation are Commercio e agricoltura. Dall’efficienza economica alla sostenibilità sociale e ambientale (with Tilman Santarius EMI 2007), Dall’efficienza alla sufficienza (Anima Mundi 2005), Dizionario dello sviluppo (EGA-Ed Gruppo Abele2004), Ambiente e giustizia sociale. I limiti della globalizzazione (Editori Riuniti 2002).

Torino Esposizioni

October 11th, 15.30pm

 

 

Human Rights in Rio's Shanty Towns

DEFENDING HUMAN RIGHTS IN RIO’S SHANTY TOWNS

FOCUS ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN COLLABORATION WITH THE ITALIAN SECTION OF AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

Meeting with Marcelo Freixo, human rights defender and Rio de Janeiro state deputy.

Marcelo Freixo is a human rights activist who has been defending the rights of people living in the poorest areas of Rio de Ja neiro for many years. Currently state deputy, in 2008 he was appointed president of a parliamentary commission investigating the criminal activities of paramilitary militias in Rio de Janeiro’s shanty towns. His life has been in serious danger in the last year. In May 2009, after a plot to assassinate him and his aide was revealed, Amnesty International launched an international urgent action calling for their protection.

Cinema Massimo

October 11th, 16.15pm

 

 

Don't tell

HUMAN RIGHTS AND CENSORSHIP: INDEPENDENT MEDIA AND THE FIGHT AGAINST TOTALITARIAN POWER 

FOCUS ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN COLLABORATION WITH THE ITALIAN SECTION OF AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

Panelists Aye Chan Naing, director of Democratic Voice of Burma. The Democratic Voice of Burma is a Burmese media organization, whose mission is to provide accurate and unbiased news to the people of Burma, to encourage and sustain independent public and to impart the ideals of democracy and human rights to the people of Burma. Zara Tofigh, activist and representative of Iran Human Rights in Italy. Iran Human Rights is formed by a group of human rights activists living in different parts of the world, most of them with Iranian origins or living inside Iran. Their aim is to focus on the human rights situation in Iran and to contribute to its improvement. Mimmo Candito, special correspondent of "La Stampa", Italian chairman of Reporters sans Frontières. Introduced and moderated by: Riccardo Noury, Head of Communications, Italian Section of Amnesty International
 

Cinema Massimo

October 10th, 18.15pm

 

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