Ciné-ONU is one of the United Nations most successful outreach initiatives in Europe. It involves the screening of a film relevant to a specific UN issue, followed by a Q&A with reputed speakers - either connected to the film, to the issue in question, or to both.
It offers the opportunity to participants to watch premieres of highly acclaimed, award-winning documentaries and address questions to senior UN officials and other personalities.
The initiative started small in 2007, screening films to audiences of less than 40 at the UNRIC office in Brussels. Since then, it has grown exponentially and monthly film screenings now have audiences of up to 1,200.
Cine-ONU screenings have been held in many cities including London, Vienna, Madrid, Geneva and Helsinki, with a total attendance of over 85,000 people.
The team has received very positive feedback from the audience;
Examples of past events include:
“The Price we Pay” on the reality of big-business tax avoidance, which has seen multinationals depriving governments of trillions of dollars in tax revenues, paving the way to historic levels of inequality.
“Virunga”, an Oscar-nominated documentary about Virunga National Park, one of the most bio-diverse places in the world and home to the last of the mountain gorillas. A small and embattled team of park rangers protect this UNESCO world heritage site from armed militia, poachers and the dark forces struggling to control Congo's rich natural resources.
“Cowspiracy” increasingly uncovers what appears to be an intentional refusal to discuss the issue of animal agriculture, while industry whistle blowers and watchdogs warn him of the risks to his freedom and even his life if he dares to persist.
“Citizenfour” 2015’s winner of the Oscar Academy Award in the category Best Documentary Feature, giving audiences unprecedented access to encounters with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong, as he hands over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the NSA.
The Brussels based United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe - UNRIC provides information on UN activities to the countries of the region. It also provides liaison with institutions of the European Union in the field of information. Its outreach activities extend to all segments of society and joint campaigns, projects and events are organized with partners including the EU, governments, the media, NGOs, schools and local authorities.
United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe (UNRIC Brussels)
Residence Palace, Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 155, Block C2,7th and 8th floor, Brussels 1040, Belgium
Tel.: +32 2 788 8484 / Fax: 32 2 788 8485