Passion that has made a dream come true

The Gift from Beate” is a documentary film that describes a series of facts of women’s fights to establish human rights since the end of the WWII. Helping its screening in Switzerland and all over Europe and beyond has become my passion since 2005.

In 2010, School of Orientall and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. will present the film “The Gift from Beate”, followed by a symposium on the strategies and challenges of modern women to move forward to make human rights for women better built-in society.

The event is a result of a lot of work done by my friend in London, Rela Iwano. After meeting Ms Beate S. Gordon in Paris in March 2009, Rela started working to make her dream to come true; “I want to have Beate to come to London to talk to us”. She is a freelancer. She had no connection with sponsors for the event. She walked all the way through.

I organised a presentation of “The Gift from Beate” for the first time in Switzerland in Geneva in May 2006. I knew nothing about what should be done to organise a film event without a sponsor or budget. I had no professional knowledge on the film industry or events. None. I worked from scratch with Ryo, a good friend of my in Geneva, who shared the same passion for the film.

Passion was the key word, for Beate, Rela and myself, and many other women & men who worked to present the film in their own cities.

I have seen the film unleashing energy of women in all the cities where the film was presented in Europe and beyond; in Switzerland, Italy and Morocco.

“The Gift from Beate” is non-commercial and has to be presented by citizens’ volunteers or municipalities since its release in Tokyo in 2005. The messages of the film is always fresh and has power.

In fact, the film has been initiated by a group of Japanese women chaired by Ms Ryoko Akamatsu, who had wished to create a documentary film to record the facts of women’s fights to make their human rights recognised and built-in in Japanese society. Passion was the key word that motivated the group, later named “The Gift from Beate Film Committee”.

What is “The Gift from Beate”? What in the film inspires us so much? — If you wish to know it, let’s meet at SOAS on 9 March! I’ll be there. Look forward to seeing you there,

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Author: Yoshiko KURISAKI (栗崎由子)

I am Yoshiko Kurisaki, Japanese, executive consultant specializing in cross-cultural management between Europe and Japan. Being based in Geneva, I travel between Europe and Japan. Culture may be a stop factor in business. That said, if you go beyond that, culture is a vaIuable source of inspirations and innovation. I help European businesses to turn cultural barriers to innovation.   栗崎由子(くりさき よしこ)、ダイバーシティ マネジメント コンサルタント。二十余年間欧州の国際ビジネスのまっただ中で仕事をしてきました。その経験を生かし、日欧企業むけにビジネスにひそむ異文化間コミュニケーションギャップを解消し、国籍、文化、性別など人々の違いを資源に変えることのできるマインドセットを育てるための研修やコンサルティングを行なっています。文化の違いは”面倒なこと”ではなく新しい価値を生み出す源泉です。日本人の良さを国際ビジネスに生かしながら、違いを資源に変えて価値を創造しましょう。ジュネーブ在住で、日本とスイスを往復しています。

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