On March 20, 2008, the Swiss parliament approved the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. The Fribourg International Film Festival decided to mark the anniversary.
The press release issued for the occasion notes that “despite the fact that the protection and promotion of cultural diversity in the field of cinematography enjoys extra anchorage thanks to the federal law on film, it currently finds itself in an increasingly difficult position… The Fribourg International Film Festival—whose declared goal it is to contribute actively to the support of cultural diversity in Switzerland—seizes the occasion of this anniversary, as well as cinematographic current affairs, to give carte blanche to the Swiss minister of culture. It has invited Federal Councilor Pascal Couchepin to present a film from Asia, Latin America, or Africa in Fribourg. The head of the Federal Department of Home Affairs has cast his choice on a major classic of Indian cinema, which he will personally present on March 17: Satyajit Ray’s Aparajito, shot in 1956.”