Shooting in the Rain

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Hungarian Television correspondent Tislér Géza and MTVA camera director Attila Kilian drove more than 12 hours through rain to Geneva to shoot a television documentary about the 14th CEC Assembly.

With little more than a month to go they were stitching together a film on CEC to be shown on Hungarian TV before the start of the CEC Assembly in Budapest on July 3. The film will also be made available to European networks.

They choose the wettest day of the year to film. And has it been a wet year! 

The crew worked tirelessly through the day interviewing CEC general secretary Guy Liagre firstly by the piece of the Berlin Wall that commemorates a divided Germany in the grounds of the Ecumenical Centre. 

Then it was into the historic Ecumenical Centre Chapel for more filming.

Two Brussels' staff members from two of CEC's commissions, CCME and CSC were in Geneva for the filming.

Churches' Commission for Migrants in Europe general secretary, Doris Peschke, stood before the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva to talk on the role of CCME's work for CEC on refugees and fighting people trafficking and for labour rights of migrants. 

For her interview, Elizabeta Kitanović, executive secretary for Human Rights and Communication Church and Society Commission of CEC took shelter under the three-legged chair monument to landmine victims in front of the Palais des Nations, the UN's European headquarters.

She spoke on CSC's role on ecumenical socio-ethical issues and on its involvement in action and advocacy in relation to the European Union, the Council of Europe, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and European matters in the United Nations.

Assembly coordinator Clarissa Balan then had the camera rolling inside the Ecumenical Centre where she told how her gruelling tasks and fine balancing in organising an assembly in another country should unfurl in Budapest.

The TV crew then drove with the general secretary to Geneva's famous Reformation Monument in the Parc des Bastions, filmed the ubiquitous Water Fountain and the St Pierre Protestant cathedral in the Old Town of Geneva before leaving the same day back to Budapest.

It was raincoats on for the work, but hats off to the TV crew for the work.

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Photo: Peter Kenny
Photo: Peter Kenny