12th-16th October 2016
For some time now, nature has been sending us serious signals indicating that the story is about to be over. However, we are accelerating the process with big efforts. The so-called developed countries lead the way in this delirious process. What is planned for the next twenty years across the world is fifty thousands dams, large-scale activities that will contaminate nature and extremely significant ecosystems under the pretext of mining (Artvin, Bergama, Izmir Efemçukuru…). These so called mining activities lead to terrifying and never-ending wars in which millions of civilians – men, women, and children – have already been killed and raped (Congo, Nigeria, Middle Eastern countries). The mining and refining of tar sands in Alberta, Canada, the hybrid seed industry led by the Netherlands, nuclear energy production… The big corporations’ increasing efforts to grab and exploit, in every sense, the very lands that the local people need for survival, for nourishment… (the sugar production in the cultivated lands of the local people in Cambodia, the production of fodder for EU animals on the land where the people of Kenya need to cultivate their own food).
Advertising plays a significant role in shaping children in particular, and individuals as well as the entire society by repeating the same sentences over and over again. Advertisements are of critical importance in the formation of memory, the cultural and social memories, and in the rewriting of history and ethics. The advertisement industry polishes, brightens, and makes bigger what is already big and successful. Simply put, advertising makes the following statement: Buy whatever you want, consume, nothing is important other than personal pleasures. You can resort to any means to buy what you want to buy. If you don’t, you are an idiot.
We cannot live in peace. On the contrary, violence and exploitation are on the rise. The question is how to free ourselves from all the injustice and inequality, from a fierce consumer culture that is left to exploit and expand. Let’s find new perspectives, alternative ways of living, and alternative energies.
The voice of the subaltern is fading each and every day, becoming inaudible. Their rights are constantly violated and it is normalized. There are serious obstacles thwarting collective organization, using one’s mother tongue, living one’s sexual preferences, everyone’s right to live in a clean environment and protecting workers’ rights. And the society is becoming used to all these inequalities. The words ‘solidarity’ and ‘sharing’ have been forgotten. BIFED aims to convey stories of empathy, sharing, and solidarity.
BIFED accepts that the ecological balance and diversity is the prerequisite for a sincere respect for the rights of the Other, for the peace and civilization. We hold this festival for this reason. BIFED cares about the local, the small-scale, the slower; in other words BIFED cares about the genuine.
Looking forward to see you in October at BIFED 2016.
BIFED 2016 team.