The welcome reads, in part:
”Your highly imaginative event plays a special role in domestic cinematography, and its rich programme and the extraordinarily high quality of the films attract the constant attention of the critics and the general public alike.
You devote your talents and efforts to the ideals of humanism and enlightenment, compassion and love. Highlighting the pressing issues of human rights protection, the festival has made a significant contribution to the development of civil society in Russia, raising the level of consciousness of people by putting incisive and vitally important questions to those who attend.
Let your noble work to promote an education in spiritual and moral values continue, which will in turn help the well-being of our country and its citizens“.
The annual Stalker Human Rights Festival runs from 10 to 15 December 2008 in Moscow. Traditionally Stalker starts on the day of the adoption of the UN Declaration on Human Rights. This year is the 60th anniversary of the Declaration.
The programme for the 14th annual Stalker Festival includes 114 films, among them films from Russia, Italy, Spain, Israel, Estonia, Belgium, France, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.