On the occasion of its 20th anniversary (December 2020), the European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ) organised REstART, an online festival that aimed at creating a collective reflection on justice, solidarity and repair in today’s Europe in the aftermath of personal and societal trauma, conflict, and harm. Throughout one week, different artworks and creative projects as well as live talks and workshops (i.e. 20 contributions including films, documentaries, theatre play readings, photo exhibitions, books, games, music, or pre-recorded presentations) were part of the programme of the festival, attended by a total of 538 participants from all over the world.
REstART had, and still has, two main ambitions:
- to give visibility to artworks dedicated to the restorative justice field: indeed, in recent years, many artists and creative minds collected restorative stories and transformed them into films or theatre plays or documentaries or books to make them accessible and known to the wider public;
- to create synergies between artists (especially those experienced in participatory methodologies) and restorative practitioners, as both these professionals may involve individuals and/or groups in sharing their personal stories and truths and in participating in the making of a new joint story and dialogical truth.
One year later, we wish to focus more on this last point by creating a moment for exchange between artists, practitioners and others interested in this topic. During these two hours interactive dialogue session we will have the opportunity to listen to some creative minds of the restorative justice field, reflecting on the links between arts and restorative justice, and get to know some artists not (yet!) working in restorative justice, but whose work is deeply linked to values of justice, solidarity and repair. We wish REstART to become a platform for exchange of knowledge and experience and we wish to build on these experiences to further plan our real live REstART Festival in December 2025!
Also, on the same evening, we will organise a discussion on a the film "Another Justice" (2016, directed by Chloé Henry-Biabaud and Isabelle Vayron), telling the story of the restorative encounters between Agnes and Leonard after the murders of Agnes' daugther and grandchild (scroll down to view the trailer). The film will be available between 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) and 10 December (last day of the UNiTE campaign) only to registered participants. Chloé and Isabelle wrote an article about this film in our publication "Restorative Imagination: Artistic Pathways. Ideas and experiences at the intersection between art and restorative justice" (pp.130-132, eds. Biffi & Pali, 2017).
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