The Amani Harmonic Foundation supported documentary film-maker MAEVIA GRIFFITHS, to produce her first film “Elles, les (in)visibles” (They, the invisible) which was selected for the 16th Geneva International Oriental Film Festival (FIFOG), 21-27 June 2021.
Her highly acclaimed documentary reveals the experiences of several vulnerable and exploited women undocumented workers compelled by situations of conflict and poverty in their home countries to seek clandestine work and income in Geneva. The film shows the ‘tip of the iceberg’, suggesting widespread practices of exploitation by employers (largely domestic and service sectors) and landlords.
The FIFOG, a key film event in the Swiss cultural landscape, promotes cinema, diversity and intercultural dialogue. Supported by more than 200 partners, it presents an annual program accompanied by some sixty guests. On this occasion, several juries award numerous prizes.
While continuing to explore the most original and innovative cinematographies, the FIFOG celebrates and explores this irrepressible human feeling and aspiration that haunts and fructifies the imaginations of so many artists. “There is a strength in me, a fierce will, which pushes me towards hope and light.”, wrote Yves Saint-Laurent.
The images/photos show the public screening of the film, Maevia presenting the film and Marilyn Pigott in conversation with Maevia after the successful screening to a full capacity audience.