The LUX Prize meets the European Youth in Strasbourg

Pepole from EYE 2014

The European Youth Event (EYE) is approaching fast: from 9 to 11 May, the city of Strasbourg will be overrun by a huge wave of young Europeans eager to debate about the future of Europe.


A total of 5,000 people, aged between 18 and 30, will gather just before the European Elections (22 to 25 May) to discuss topics such as youth unemployment, the digital revolution and sustainability, try to define “European values”, and look ahead to the future of the European Union.


“United in diversity” is the motto of the EU. But what does it actually mean? How does it reflect on culture, cinema and integration? To discuss these issues, the LUX Prize has been invited to contribute to the EYE with two panels, which will take place on 10 May.


The challenges, the difficulties and the richness of European cinema will be the main focus of the discussion of the first panel, “Out of Hollywood”.


Frédéric Boyer, artistic director of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York and Les Arcs European Film Festival in France, will meet the president of the European Parliament’s Culture and Education Commission, Doris Pack, and the 2012 LUX Prize winner, Andrea Segre, to discuss the potential of European cinema and the differences between it and Hollywood. Domenico La Porta, editor-in-chief of Cineuropa, will moderate the meeting.


Andrea Segre will also be a key speaker at the second panel, “On the Search for a Better Life in Europe”. The panel, focused on immigration, will be moderated by Nadine Lyamouri-Bajja, an intercultural psychologist involved in the development of the European Voices of Young Refugees in Europe network. Segre's artistic point of view as a filmmaker and documentarian involved in migration issues will be contrasted with the professional experiences of Inmaculada Arnaez, representative of Frontex (the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union) and Marie-Odile Wiederkehr from the French NGO La Cimade. Guinea’s Thierno Diallo will also join the panel, contributing to the discussion with his personal experience as a refugee.


Last but not least, ten former members of the 28 Times Cinema project will attend the European Youth Event and the panels organised by the LUX Prize. As usual, they will be ready to challenge the speakers with difficult questions and make the debate more interesting.


Stay tuned for more news from the EYE!