– Back in attendance. After the special edition of 2020 almost entirely online due to the limitations imposed by the pandemic, the journalism festival organized by the weekly Internazionale and the Municipality of Ferrara returns again this year with live appointments.
From 1 to 3 October 2021 the Este city will host 100 events for over 100 hours of programming with 137 guests from 27 countries. An opportunity to reconnect with major international issues and to understand the events that occurred during the pandemic. The fifteenth edition, which will open on Friday 1 October, after the preview on Thursday 30 September with the concert by ColapesceDimartino (in collaboration with Ferrara sotto le stelle), will try to provide the tools to understand current events.
There is a need to make a different chronicle of what happens in the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel, at the International festival we will talk about it with Omar Shakir, Israel and Palestine director for Human rights watch, Adam Shatz, London Review of Books, Alain Gresh of Orient XXI, Mariam Barghouti, a journalist born in Ramallah and Mohammed El Kurd, a Palestinian poet and activist who documented the forced evictions of Sheikh Jarrah. And then the question of Afghanistan, where the Taliban returned to power. We will also try to understand the conservative and populist turn of Poland and Hungary with the Hungarian historian Ferenc Laczo, who will confront Eugen Stancu, a Romanian journalist and the Polish sociologist Karolina Wigura.
Then a reflection on the treatment of addictions and problematic behaviors, from San Patrignano to centers for difficult adolescents, with the philosopher, writer and vice president of the Abele Group, Fabio Cantelli Anibaldi (among the protagonists of Netflix’s Sanpa docuseries), the president of A Good Law Luigi Manconi and the American journalist Kenneth R. Rosen, author of rehab reports for young people. A complex issue that raises sensitive issues such as respect for personal freedom, the use of coercion and the role of the state.
Among the guests of this edition also the Turkish writer and journalist Ece Temelkuran and the writer Claudia Durastanti. Several insights dedicated to the climate crisis with, among others, Ndoni Mcunu, founder of Black women in science and the Argentine writer Martin Caparros.
As is in the style of Internazionale then, specific appointments will be dedicated to understanding what is happening in Latin America, Burma, North Africa and Syria with the writer and activist Yassin al Haj Saleh. In Ferrara there was also a discussion between Kübra Gümüşay, a Turkish linguist who lives in Germany and an activist against hate speech, and the Italian sociolinguist Vera Gheno on the need to speak differently, for a more conscious use of language.