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Panel Discussion ‘Cinema as an Agent for Change’



In partnership with the European Parliament

Europe is home to some of the most prestigious and world renowned film festivals – Cannes, Venice, Berlin to name a few.  European film makers have come to be known for pushing boundaries, creating thought provoking works of art.  The European Union institutions provide support to films that create a platform for cross-cultural communication, debate and flexion on issues that are facing citizens across borders. One example is the European Parliament’s LUX Prize, which has just celebrated its 10th anniversary of focusing the spotlight on films that discuss some of the main social and political issues of today.   This panel, organized by the European Parliament Liaison Office in partnership with the EU Delegation, will talk about the role of cinema in public debates, films as metaphors for public issues, and how film can be an agent for change by raising social consciousness across borders. Lunch buffet will be provided.


David O’Sullivan, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States


Michael Barker, Co-President and Co-Founder, Sony Pictures Classics


  • Doris Pack, Former Member of European Parliament and LUX Film Prize Coordinator
  • Todd Hitchcock, Director of Programming, American Film Institute Silver Theatre
  • Moderator: James Barbour, Spokesperson and Head of Press and Public Diplomacy, Delegation of the European Union to the United States

  • Sunday, March 12th, 2017
  • 12:45PM–2:00PM ET