Written by Amma Aburam
On February 18, an HoryouTV documentary screening was held in Geneva at the Maison des Arts du Grutli. This was one of the five screenings held by the Horyou Geneva team. The event was a diverse gathering of around 50 people from the area for the showing of these four new HoryouTV documentaries: Tous a Table, ASCOVIME, Un Meilleur a Venir (A Better Future) and Hip Hop Saves Lives. Among the attendees were various organizations from Geneva such as EcoAttitude, One Action and Une Main pour le Lendemain (A hand for tomorrow). Personalities like artist Florentina Tintiris Keller, filmmaker Rui Noguiera and Atona Damachi from Ours Magazine were also present.
The documentaries highlighted associations from various locations. In Paris, we saw Flavio Nervegna, who through his association, Tous a Table, organized the first gastronomical, musical and solidarity festival at Carreau du Temple (a covered market in the third arrondissement of Paris). From the South of France, a documentary about the association Un Meilleur a Venir following Jules Morain and Stephanie Pereira, two youths sharing their vision of bettering the lives of the homeless through concrete actions. We also virtually traveled to Cameroon with Doctor Georges Bwelle behind the association ASOVIME. Bwelle founded ASOVIME after dealing with his father’s sudden illness and realizing that it could have been prevented had they had the proper facilities. Bwelle became a doctor and with ASOVIME, he travels to rural areas to provide free medical care. Finally, we followed Hip Hop Saves Lives with Chad Harper in New York City, where he teaches kids humanity and history through hip hop music and dance.
The screenings were followed by presentations from local personalities and organizations about their recent work. They were introduced by Karin Nolte, Horyou’s Geneva partner from Classique Alternance, an association for promoting classical music for youth. The first speaker was Gerard Turcato from Saek Thmey. This organization built a school in Cambodia in order to educate kids through an all-inclusive curriculum. Their main focus is preparing underprivileged kids for jobs, mainly in tourism. Here, with the help of trained teachers, students can learn foreign languages and how to succeed in the booming tourism field. Mauren Brodbeck, a multifaceted artist, presented her inspiring life story and how art contributes to bettering humanity. For her, life is about looking within and finding yourself — never losing that inner child and doing the things that deep down we know are meant for us. She is an avid painter, photographer, actress and singer in the expression of her true self. Michel Auer, founder of the Auer Photo Foundation, spoke about reviving photography for preserving human history. With an impressive collection of 500 vintage cameras, 21,000 books, 50,000 original photos developed, Auer is also featured at the Auer Photo Foundation gallery in Hermance, Switzerland. Finally, Rui Noguiera spoke of his cinematic passion and achievements as a film columnist. He is a major film collector and the past director of CAC Voltaire, Center for Cinema Arts in Geneva, now the Maison des Arts du Grutli, where the screening took place. It was an inspiring group of people for a very receptive audience.
Discover the documentaries here: https://www.horyou.com/tv