The Debates

Once again, the festival has invited well-known personalities to participate in the debates, such as Michel Warschawski, Yves Aubin de la Messuzière, Hervé de Charrette, Elias Sambar and more.

The Panelists

November  30 at 20h00: Opening Night
Leila Shahid, general delegate of Palestine to the European Union, Belgium Luxemburg.
Yael Ben Yefet, organizer of the Tent Protest Movement and oppositional Tel Aviv City Council member for City for All (Ir lekulam).
Nabil Ayouch, filmmaker
Moderator: Dominique Vidal, historian and journalist specializing in the Middle East.

December 1 at 20h30: Arab Spring
Bertrand Badie, professor of international relations and political science at Sciences Po, Paris.
Nicolas Dot-Pouillard (to be confirmed), researcher at the Département des études contemporaines of the Institut français du Proche-Orient (IFPO, Beirut).
Moderator: Sylvie Braibant, editor-in-chief, TV5 Monde.
December 2 at 20h30: Lebanon and Syria
Farouk Mardam-Bey, editor of the Sindbad collection at Actes Sud.
Samir Aita, director of the Arab edition of Le Monde Diplomatique and president of the Cercle des économistes arabes.
Moderator: Hoda Saliby, journalist for Courrier International, specialized in the Middle East.
December 3: Iraq and Kurdistan
Hamit Bozarslan, professor at the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) specializing in Middle Eastern minorities.
Chris Kutshera, journalist and photographer, expert on the Kurdish people.
Moderator: Christian Chesnot, journalist and photographer, working for the radio station France-Inter, specialized in the Middle East. In 2004 he was kidnapped in Iraq along with Georges Malbrunot.
December 4 at 20h30: Iran
Bernard Hourcade, research director emeritus at the CNRS specializing in Iran and the Persian world.
Shervin Ahmadi, editor of the Persian edition of Le Monde Diplomatique.
Moderator: Agnès Rotivel, journalist at La Croix, specialist on the Middle East.

December 5 at 20h30: Strangers in their Own Land
Akram Belkaïd, journalist and essayist, contributor to, Le Monde Diplomatique and Le Quotidien d'Oran.
Sébastien Boussois, journalist, professor of international relations and President of the Cercle des chercheurs sur le Moyen-Orient (CCMO).
Moderator: Jean-Pierre Sereni, journalist, specialist on the Middle East.

December 6 at 20h30: And the Place of Women
Filmmakers Sahera Dirbas, Nadine Naous, Norma Marcos & Mahtab Mansour
Moderator: Françoise Germain-Robin, international reporter for L'Humanité.
December 7 at 20h30: Dare we laugh at everything?
Christophe Alévêque (to be confirmed), comedian and columnist.
Vanessa Rousselot, filmmaker
Moderator: Morgan Canda, journalist.
December 8 at 20h30: Israel
Michel Warschawski, anti-Zionist activist, President of the Alternative Information Center (AIC) in Jerusalem.
Gadi Algazi, historian, anti-occupation activist, co-founder of the Arab-Jewish activist groups Taayush and Tarabut.
Moderator: Daniel Mermet (to be confirmed), journalist at France Inter, host of the radio talkshow « Là-bas si j'y suis ».
December 9 at 20h30: Gaza
Régis Garrigue, medical doctor in charge of Help Doctors, an NGO active in Gaza.
Moderator: Mohamed Kaci, journalist at TV5 Monde, host of the television programme « Maghreb Orient Express ».

December 10 at 20h30: Palestine
Yves Aubin de la Messuzière, former French ambassador, director of the Bureau of North African and Middle-Eastern Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, research associate at the Institut d'études politiques de Paris.
Hervé de Charrette, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, President of the Institut français de finance islamique.
Jean-Paul Chagnollaud, professor of political science at the Université de Cergy-Pontoise, director of the Institut de recherches et d'études Méditerranée Moyen-Orient (Iremmo).
Moderator: Denis Sieffert, managing editor of Politis.
December 11 at 17h30: The Walled-in City of Jerusalem
Elias Sanbar, historian, essayist, poet, Palestinian Ambassador to UNESCO. 
Danielle Bidard-Reydet, former senator, President of the Pour Jérusalem association.
Moderator: René Backmann, journalist, international affairs columnist at the magazine Le Nouvel Observateur.

December 12 at 20h30: Time for Outrage!
Stéphane Hessel, Writer, poet, diplomat and ambassador. Member of the French Resistance deported to Buchenwald, contributor to the editing of the 1948 UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and, most recently, the author of the best-selling Indignez-vous! (3 million copies sold worldwide).
Moderator: Ahmed El-Keiy, journalist at France Ô, host of the television show « Toutes les France ».
December 13 at 20h30: Closing Night
Udi Aloni & members of the Freedom Theatre
Benjamin Barthe, journalist at Le Monde, Palestinian correspondent for nine years.

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