We Have To Talk
Locarno Talks la Mobiliare
Is a home a haven or a prison? How can victims of war recover their homes from the rubble? Will humanity one day call another planet home? These are some of the questions that will guide the deliberations during the brand new Locarno Talks la Mobiliare. Together with its main partner, the Locarno Festival conceived the talks to create a bridge between cinema and other disciplines – politics, science, art, music and beyond – via the spoken word. In order to expand the cultural discourse at the heart of the Festival and stimulate reflection on our current reality, a common theme will be discussed by a variety of speakers, each leading figures in their respective fields. This year’s theme is “Home”, a symbol with universal resonance whose connotations range from benign to oppressive, comforting to traumatic.
Few have had as wide-ranging a professional engagement with the concept of home as Carla Del Ponte, the first speaker of the Locarno Talks la Mobiliare. As UN Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, she was instrumental in reclaiming homes from the horrors of genocide. Today she’s a member of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, seeking to help those whom the Syrian War has deprived of a home.Giovanni Marchini Camia