Human Rights Film Festival Zurich
Programmübersicht
Thu 5. Dec 2019
  1. 19:00
    Gods of Molenbeek
    Thu 5. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Sat 7. Dec, 18:00
    OVe 75' | Finnland, Belgien, Deutschland 2019 | Reeta Huhtanen | Doc

    The Molenbeek district of Brussels. A believed jihadi capital to some but familiar home to the 6 year-old boys Aatos and Amine. This is where they listen to spiders, discover black holes and quarrel over who gets to command the flying carpet that is to take them to the lands of their ancestors. They live in the same building, yet come from different worlds.  Together they search for answers to the big questions. Aatos wants a god of his own, as Amine already has Allah but the question is complicated by his friend Flo’s belief that people who believe in God have gone crazy. (catndocs)

    Words of Welcome (German)
    Sascha Lara Bleuler, director HRFF Zurich
    Katharina Morawek, president HRFF Zurich
    Sandra Lendenmann, head of the Human Rights Policy Section within the Human Security Division of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA).

Fri 6. Dec 2019
  1. 09:30
    Gods of Molenbeek - Schulvorstellung
    Fri 6. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Mon 9. Dec, 13:30
    2. Tue 10. Dec, 09:30
    3. Tue 10. Dec, 13:30

    School Screening

    OVd 75' | Finnland, Belgien, Deutschland 2019 | Reeta Huhtanen | Doc

    The Molenbeek district of Brussels. A believed jihadi capital to some but familiar home to the 6 year-old boys Aatos and Amine. This is where they listen to spiders, discover black holes and quarrel over who gets to command the flying carpet that is to take them to the lands of their ancestors. They live in the same building, yet come from different worlds.  Together they search for answers to the big questions. Aatos wants a god of his own, as Amine already has Allah but the question is complicated by his friend Flo’s belief that people who believe in God have gone crazy. (catndocs)

    Followed by a Film Talk, moderated by Aline Juchler

  2. 10:00
    MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. - Schulvorstellung
    Fri 6. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Mon 9. Dec, 14:00

    School Screening

    OVd 97' | Russland 2018 | Stephen Loveridge | Doc

    Charting her experiences of civil war and migration to her rise as a popular but controversial star, this documentary film traces the life of the singer and pop icon M.I.A. Born in Sri Lanka to the founder of the Tamil independence movement, Mathangi ‘Maya’ Arulpragasam – alias M.I.A. – fled to London with her mother and siblings at the age of nine. Her original plan being to become a documentary filmmaker, she returned to Sri Lanka as an art student and began filming her family members. Her journey and her experiences with Sri Lanka’s military regime have shaped her artistic and political attitudes. She began making music and has developed a culture clash aesthetic inspired by street art, hip-hop and various migrant communities in London that has lead to worldwide success. However, her support for the Tamil rebels and her ‘bad girl’ identity have been harshly criticised by mainstream media, politicians and conservative members of the public. Using archive material from the last 22 years, most of which was shot by Maya herself, Steve Loveridge reveals how Maya uses pop music as a political mouthpiece and does not shy away from being an outsider. (Berlinale)

    Talf with the swiss artist, entertainer, rapper and activist Knackeboul, presented by Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation
    Moderation: Tim Bettermann

  3. 13:30
    Rafiki - Schulvorstellung
    Fri 6. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Mon 9. Dec, 09:30

    School Screening

    OVd 83' | Kenya 2018 | Wanuri Kahiu | Fiction

    "Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives,” but Kena and Ziki long for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls resist and remain close friends, supporting each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety. (trigon)

    Talk in German with Anna Rosenwasser, director of Lesbenorganisation Schweiz (LOS)

  4. 14:00
    Les Misérables - Schulvorstellung
    Fri 6. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Tue 10. Dec, 10:00

    School Screening

    OVd 102' | Frankreich 2018 | Ladj Ly | Fiction

    Stephane, only just arrived from Cherbourg, joins the anti criminality brigade of Montfermeil in a sensitive district of the Paris suburbs. Paired up with Chris and Gwada whose methods are sometimes "special" he rapidly discovers the tensions between the various neighborhood groups. When an arrest starts to get out of hand, a drone is filming every move they make.

    Talk in GermanSandrine Charlot Zinsli von Aux Arts etc...

  5. 18:00
    Ghost Fleet
    Fri 6. Dec
    OVe 88' | USA 2018 | Shannon Service, Jeffrey Waldron | Doc

    Much of the seafood in our daily lives – sushi, frozen fish, shrimp cocktail, and the vast amount that goes into pet food – has been caught by slaves. Thailand is one of the world’s largest seafood exporters with a huge fishing fleet that requires thousands of fishermen. Decades of overfishing has decimated fish stocks in the region and today the Gulf of Thailand is one of the most barren parts of the ocean. Thai captains now scramble to find crews willing to travel thousands of miles to find fish. Human traffickers have started to fill the labour shortage by selling men from Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, and other impoverished nations to fishing companies for as little as a few hundred dollars each. Once at sea, these captive men go months, even years, without setting foot on land, earning little or no pay – becoming slaves at sea. Ghost Fleet follows a small group of activists who risk their lives on remote Indonesian islands to find justice and freedom for the enslaved fishermen who feed the world’s insatiable appetite for seafood. Bangkok-based Patima Tungpuchayakul, a Thai abolitionist, has committed her life to helping these ‘lost’ men return home. Facing illness, death threats, corruption, and complacency, Patima’s fearless determination for justice inspires her nation and the world. (Berlinale)

    RESPONSIBILITIES OF GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAINS (German)
    Talk with Bernhard Herold, Solidar Suisse.
    Moderation: Katharina Morawek, president HRFF Zurich

    Co-presented by Solidar Suisse

  6. 18:30
    XY Chelsea
    Fri 6. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Sat 7. Dec, 21:00
    E 92' | UK 2019 | Tim Travers Hawkins | Doc

    How did a war in Iraq founded on deception end up with the court marshall of the truth teller? This question frames XY Chelsea, a documentary set in the aftermath of the release from prison of Chelsea Manning, a former U.S. Army soldier and intelligence analyst convicted of violating the Espionage Act in 2013, after leaking classified U.S. documents to WikiLeaks. Manning’s information revealed illegal practices—such as torture and abuse of detainees and the unreported deaths of over 15,000 civilians—engaged by the U.S. military.
    While imprisoned, Manning, a trans woman, also began to transition medically. The film offers insight to her motivations for whistleblowing, and ultimately, for taking on the U.S. government. What is seemingly a portrait of a polarizing figure in recent American history also doubles for the blueprint on how patriotic Americans can resist an unlawful ruler. (Tribeca Film Festival)

    HEROES OR TRAITORS – WHISTLEBLOWERS IN THE SPOTLIGHT (German)
    Talk with Adam Quadroni (Whistleblower of the Bündner Baukartell scandal) and Alex Biscaro ( Transparency International Schweiz)

    Moderation: Oliver Classen (Mediensprecher Public Eye)

    Co-presented by Public Eye

  7. 20:30
    One Child Nation
    Fri 6. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Sun 8. Dec, 18:30
    OVe 85' | China, USA 2019 | Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang | Doc

    For Wang, now a first-time mother, investigating the policy of forcibly restricting family size in China spawns traumatic recollections from her own family’s recent past. These stories, in turn, unleash a dizzying number of revelations from journalists, officials, parents, and activists about the widespread enforcement of sterilization, child abandonment, and state-sponsored kidnappings. With chilling clarity, Wang’s new documentary reveals how relentless propaganda brainwashed and terrorized countless Chinese citizens into committing unspeakable crimes against fellow villagers and family members. Through interviews with both victims and instigators, along with revelatory data regarding the sheer number of abandoned children (nearly all of them infant girls), One Child Nation breaks open decades of silence on a vast, unprecedented social experiment that shaped—and destroyed—countless lives. (Sundance Film Festival)

    CHINA: FROM ONE CHILD POLITICS TO MASS SURVEILLANCE THROUGH APPS (Engl.)
    Skype-Talk with Sophie Richardson, Human Rights Watch
    Moderation: Flavia Giorgetta

    Co-presented by Human Rights Watch

  8. 21:00
    Temblores
    Fri 6. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Sat 7. Dec, 15:30
    OVe 107' | Guatemala, Frankreich, Luxemburg 2019 | Jayro Bustamante | Fiction

    When Pablo arrives at his family’s house outside Guatemala City, everyone is already waiting tensely for this beloved brother, son and husband to appear. Everyone at the clan’s villa is horrified: Pablo has fallen in love with another man, Francisco. In doing so, he is calling into question all the values by which this deeply religious evangelical family lives. In spite of resistance from his relatives, Pablo moves in with Francisco, who is closely linked to the city’s subculture and leads a completely different, liberated existence. Pablo loses his old home, but somehow never really settles in the new one. His wish to unite the two worlds turns out to be a dead end. Putting their faith before everything else, his relatives are adamant that Pablo can be ‘healed’. With help from their ultra-religious community, the family does everything in its power to get their prodigal son back on track, no matter the cost.
    In his very personal second film, Jayro Bustamante makes use of a consistently direct cinematic style to describe one individual’s bid to break away and find their identity and a sense of belonging. In a deeply repressive society God loves the sinner, but not the sin itself. (Berlinale)

    Q&A with the filmmaker Jayro Bustamante
    Moderation: Marcy Goldberg

Sat 7. Dec 2019
  1. 11:00
    Shooting the Mafia
    Sat 7. Dec
    OVe 97' | Irland, USA 2019 | Kim Longinotto | Doc

    In the streets of Sicily, beautiful, gutsy Letizia Battaglia pointed her camera straight into the heart of the Mafia that surrounded her and began to shoot. The striking, life-threatening photos she took documenting the rule of the Cosa Nostra define her career. Battaglia married young and had children, yet her restless spirit refused to renounce her passions. Breaking with tradition, she devoted herself to photojournalism. Battaglia’s lens was defiant: though her life was in danger she fearlessly captured everyday Sicilian life—from weddings and funerals to the brutal murders of women and children—to tell the narrative of the community she loved that had been forced into silence. (Sundance Film Festival)

    TRACKING THE MAFIA (German)
    Talk with Paolo Bernasconi, lawyer and menber of the Swiss Section of the International Commission of Jurists
    Moderation: Andreas Fagetti (Journalist WOZ)

    Co-presented by ICJ-CH – Schweizerische Sektion der Internationalen Juristenkommission

  2. 13:00
    Maternal
    Sat 7. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Sun 8. Dec, 15:30
    OVe 91' | Italien, Argentinien 2019 | Maura Delpero | Fiction

    Lu and Fati are teen mums living in a religious shelter in Buenos Aires. Sister Paola arrives there to take her final vows. But the girls’ impending motherhood faces her with a challenging situation.
    In a country where abortion is not yet legal, Delpero’s first fiction film deals with a significant social issue by starting from an emblematic setting where pregnant and often underage girls cohabit with women who will never be mothers. The director subtly plays on this underlying tension, building a narrative brought to life by the protagonists’ glances and silences. (Locarno Film Festival)

  3. 13:30
    Another Day of Life
    Sat 7. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Mon 9. Dec, 21:00
    OVe 86' | Polen, Spanien 2018 | Raúl de la Fuente, Damian Nenow | Doc Animation

    Ryszard Kapuscinski (1932-2007) was one of the 20th century’s principal and most colourful war reporters. He reported on 27 revolutions during his career, was imprisoned 40 times and sentenced to death four times. He was primarily active in Africa as a correspondent for a Polish news agency. When civil war erupted in Angola in 1975, he was the only foreign reporter on the ground. His book Another Day of Life describes how that diamond and oil-rich country was used as a Cold War pawn.
    Kapuscinski’s writing style is subjective, sometimes even surreal. This animated adaptation does complete justice to his form of literary reportage. Hallucinatory impressions of chaotic firefights are recorded in a graphic-novel-like style. Interviews with the main characters were made in real life, 40 years later – some have become successful, others have gone mad. This is a story, but no work of fiction. (Rotterdam Film Festival)

    BETWEEN RESPONSIBILITY AND DANGER: JOURNALISTS IN WAR ZONES (German)
    Discussion with Kurt Pelda (war journalist) and Monika Bolliger (Middle East correspondent)
    Moderation: Barbara Lüthi (SRF)
    Co-presented by Reportagen

  4. 15:30
    Temblores
    Sat 7. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Fri 6. Dec, 21:00
    OVe 107' | Guatemala, Frankreich, Luxemburg 2019 | Jayro Bustamante | Fiction

    When Pablo arrives at his family’s house outside Guatemala City, everyone is already waiting tensely for this beloved brother, son and husband to appear. Everyone at the clan’s villa is horrified: Pablo has fallen in love with another man, Francisco. In doing so, he is calling into question all the values by which this deeply religious evangelical family lives. In spite of resistance from his relatives, Pablo moves in with Francisco, who is closely linked to the city’s subculture and leads a completely different, liberated existence. Pablo loses his old home, but somehow never really settles in the new one. His wish to unite the two worlds turns out to be a dead end. Putting their faith before everything else, his relatives are adamant that Pablo can be ‘healed’. With help from their ultra-religious community, the family does everything in its power to get their prodigal son back on track, no matter the cost.
    In his very personal second film, Jayro Bustamante makes use of a consistently direct cinematic style to describe one individual’s bid to break away and find their identity and a sense of belonging. In a deeply repressive society God loves the sinner, but not the sin itself. (Berlinale)

  5. 16:00
    I Want to Break Free
    Sat 7. Dec
    OVe 90' | diverse | diverse | Short Films

    PRISONER OF SOCIETY
    OVe | Rati Tsiteladze | Georgia 2018 | 16’
    An intimate journey into the world and mind of a young transgender woman trapped between personal desire for freedom and the traditional expectations of her parents amid the growing tensions provoked by LGBT politics in Georgia.

    GARDI
    OVe | Lendita Zeqiraj | Kosovo, Croatia, France 2018 | 15
    Several women from different generations of the same family loudly confront each other with their views on life, love, desire, and the patriarchy, while the only boy is looking for an escape.

    ALL THESE CREATURES
    E | Charles Williams | Australia 2018 | 13'
    An adolescent boy attempts to untangle his memories of a mysterious infestation, the unravelling of his father, and the little creatures inside us all.

    SOEURS JARARIJU
    OVe | Jorge Cadena | Schwitzerland 2018 | 22’
    Viviana and Yandris, two teenage sisters from the Wayuu ethnic group in Colombia, discover their traditions through ancestral rituals. When their father dies, the sisters leave their country in an act of courage.

    BROTHERHOOD
    OVe | Meryam Joobeur | Tunesia, Canada 2018 | 25'
    Mohamed is deeply shaken and suspicious when his estranged eldest son returns home to rural Tunisia with a mysterious young wife. A wrenching drama is infused with the emotional complexities of a family reunion, the consequences of past wounds, and misunderstanding.

    What a great present for our 5th anniversary!
    5 freedom loving shorts curated by John Canciani, artistic director oft he International Short FilmFestival Winterthur. Followed by a Q&A with the director of Sœurs Jarariju Jorge Cadena. (Engl.)
    Moderation: Janis Huber
    Co-presented by Kurzfilmtage Winterthur

  6. 18:00
    Gods of Molenbeek
    Sat 7. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Thu 5. Dec, 19:00
    OVe 75' | Finnland, Belgien, Deutschland 2019 | Reeta Huhtanen | Doc

    The Molenbeek district of Brussels. A believed jihadi capital to some but familiar home to the 6 year-old boys Aatos and Amine. This is where they listen to spiders, discover black holes and quarrel over who gets to command the flying carpet that is to take them to the lands of their ancestors. They live in the same building, yet come from different worlds.  Together they search for answers to the big questions. Aatos wants a god of his own, as Amine already has Allah but the question is complicated by his friend Flo’s belief that people who believe in God have gone crazy. (catndocs)

  7. 18:30
    Talking About Trees
    Sat 7. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Sun 8. Dec, 20:30
    OVe 93' | Frankreich, Sudan, Deutschland 2019 | Suhaib Gasmelbari | Doc

    Suliman and three further members of the ‘Sudanese Film Club’ have decided to revive an old cinema. They are united not only by their love of cinema and their passionate desire to restore old film stock and draw attention to Sudanese film history once more, but also by the fact that they have all enjoyed a film education in exile. Tirelessly, they try to get the cinema’s owners on their side and make the place operational again, but repeatedly find themselves up against considerable resistance. In the meantime, they sit together and talk about the past – including their experiences of persecution and even torture as oppositional artists. They also read out old letters written while in exile and dream of a Sudan in which art and intellectual thought can be free. ‘We are smarter than them, but not as strong,’ is how they unanimously summarise their situation. It is in laconic moments such as these that the viewer is able to perceive the friendship, as well as the bond and ideological solidarity that exists in the struggle for common ideals. Suhaib Gasmelbari puts the history of Sudanese cinema at the centre of his film and at the same time sheds light on the current situation in a country shaken by ongoing crises. (Berlinale)

    BIG DEBATE AT KOSMOS FORUM 20:15
    REVOLUTION AS OPIUM FOR THE PEOPLE?
    After thirty years of autocratic rule, Omar Bashir was ousted in spring 2019. Since then a popular protest movement and the military are wrestling over power and the future of the country. What are the protesters in Sudan doing differently or better than their forerunners in Syria, Egypt, Yemen, or Tunisia? How to they deal with foreign governments trying to interfere in the political transition process? And what kind of transnational solidarity is conducive to a democratic, peaceful, and sustainable transformation of the political system in Sudan?

    Discussion with the filmmaker Suhaib Gasmelbari, Magdi El-Gizouli (Autor Rift Valley Institute) and Nada Hafiz (film student Strasbourg)
    Moderation: Monika Bolliger

  8. 20:30
    Truth Detectives
    Sat 7. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Sun 8. Dec, 13:00
    OVe 90' | Deutschland 2017 | Anja Reiss | Doc

    All around the world, human rights activists, journalists and lawyers
    collect evidence of human rights violations – with the help of victims. Using mobile devices to film and photograph their experiences, they become digital witnesses. Amateur videos of bombs exploding, people being abused or even shot dead are distributed almost in real time via social media. Digital investigators use various forensic methods, from internet tracking to DNA analysis, to analyse and verify this deluge of images, supporting them with other evidence and scientific expertise. These criminological investigations have only one purpose: to bring to justice those who violate human rights. We meet investigative teams who use these cutting-edge technologies to document their research into the war in Ukraine, the destruction of Mali’s cultural heritage, the search for mass graves in Colombia and the “Black Friday” bomb attacks in Gaza. We witness the entire investigative procedure, from training and visiting the scene of the crime, securing and analysing forensic evidence, to presenting their evidence in court. (IDFA)

    CRIME AND PUNISHMENT IN A POST-TRUTH WORLD (German)
    Talk with the filmmaker Anja Reiss and Serge Droz (Senior Advisor ICT4Peace Foundation) about the challenges and possibilities of new technologies in the field of digital evidence.
    Moderation: Marguerite Meyer

    Co-presented by ICT4Peace Foundation

  9. 21:00
    XY Chelsea
    Sat 7. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Fri 6. Dec, 18:30
    E 92' | UK 2019 | Tim Travers Hawkins | Doc

    How did a war in Iraq founded on deception end up with the court marshall of the truth teller? This question frames XY Chelsea, a documentary set in the aftermath of the release from prison of Chelsea Manning, a former U.S. Army soldier and intelligence analyst convicted of violating the Espionage Act in 2013, after leaking classified U.S. documents to WikiLeaks. Manning’s information revealed illegal practices—such as torture and abuse of detainees and the unreported deaths of over 15,000 civilians—engaged by the U.S. military.
    While imprisoned, Manning, a trans woman, also began to transition medically. The film offers insight to her motivations for whistleblowing, and ultimately, for taking on the U.S. government. What is seemingly a portrait of a polarizing figure in recent American history also doubles for the blueprint on how patriotic Americans can resist an unlawful ruler. (Tribeca Film Festival)

Sun 8. Dec 2019
  1. 11:30
    Thank You for the Rain
    Sun 8. Dec
    OVe 87' | UK, Norwegen, Kenia 2017 | Julia Dahr, Kisilu Musya | Doc

    Kenyan farmer Kisilu Musya records climate change’s roller-coaster ride of flash floods and devastating droughts. For the past five years, he’s kept a video diary documenting the damaging effects of wild weather on his family’s life and livelihood. Convinced that planting trees is the answer to counteracting global warming in his community, Kisilu organizes local farmer groups, makes endless presentations and, with the support of his wife and Norwegian filmmaker Julia Dahr, takes his message all the way to the COP—the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change. But is anyone listening? This emotional, earnest and essential film about climate change is driven by Kisilu’s point of view. It gives voice to a natural leader who expects politicians to be doing as much as he is—to care and to be interested in hearing from those directly affected by the environmental transformations taking place on this planet we all share. (Hot Docs)
    Introduction by Georg Klingler, Greenpeace Switzerland

    OF INDIVIDUAL NEEDS AND PLANETARY DUTIES (Engl.)
    The first image of the earth from outer space has founded the modern environmental movement. 50 years later, climate change is making us increasingly aware that our local actions have an impact on our planet. In her lecture, the astrophysicist Ravit Helled directs the view away from the individual to the planets: Does knowledge about planet formation and the uniqueness of the Earth change our individual needs and attitudes? Does planetary thinking make it possible to see the big picture instead of small bits and pieces? How common is life in the universe?

    After the screening, a 20-minute guided climate meditation will take place to process the film and as an introduction to the lecture.
    Lecture: Prof. Dr. Ravit Helled, Center for Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology, University of Zurich (in English)
    Meditation: Flavia Ghidossi

    Co-presented by Greenpeace

  2. 13:00
    Truth Detectives
    Sun 8. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Sat 7. Dec, 20:30
    OVe 90' | Deutschland 2017 | Anja Reiss | Doc

    All around the world, human rights activists, journalists and lawyers
    collect evidence of human rights violations – with the help of victims. Using mobile devices to film and photograph their experiences, they become digital witnesses. Amateur videos of bombs exploding, people being abused or even shot dead are distributed almost in real time via social media. Digital investigators use various forensic methods, from internet tracking to DNA analysis, to analyse and verify this deluge of images, supporting them with other evidence and scientific expertise. These criminological investigations have only one purpose: to bring to justice those who violate human rights. We meet investigative teams who use these cutting-edge technologies to document their research into the war in Ukraine, the destruction of Mali’s cultural heritage, the search for mass graves in Colombia and the “Black Friday” bomb attacks in Gaza. We witness the entire investigative procedure, from training and visiting the scene of the crime, securing and analysing forensic evidence, to presenting their evidence in court. (IDFA)

  3. 15:00
    What You Gonna Do When the World is on Fire?
    Sun 8. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Mon 9. Dec, 18:00
    E 123' | USA 2018 | Roberto Minervini | Doc

    It is the summer of 2017. A tidal wave of police killings has hit the African-American community. A group of Black Panthers seeks justice. But racism and violence are engrained in the cogs of white justice. Roberto Minervini creates a highly charged counter shot to his previous film Louisiana (The Other Side). Shot in highly contrasted black and white, the film is as lyrical as it is political. The filmmaker creates a chilling portrait of race relationships in Donald Trump’s United States. Rampant and murderous racism grows while people on the street try to survive amongst enormous challenges and violence. Roberto Minervini himself has been subject to police violence while shooting the film. His articulate way of framing and gaining access to people allows him to obtain a degree of intimacy that almost blurs the boundaries between fiction and documentary. What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? is further proof of Minervini’s status as one of the most relevant and challenging filmmakers working in non fiction film today. (Visions du Reel)

  4. 15:30
    Maternal
    Sun 8. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Sat 7. Dec, 13:00
    OVe 91' | Italien, Argentinien 2019 | Maura Delpero | Fiction

    Lu and Fati are teen mums living in a religious shelter in Buenos Aires. Sister Paola arrives there to take her final vows. But the girls’ impending motherhood faces her with a challenging situation.
    In a country where abortion is not yet legal, Delpero’s first fiction film deals with a significant social issue by starting from an emblematic setting where pregnant and often underage girls cohabit with women who will never be mothers. The director subtly plays on this underlying tension, building a narrative brought to life by the protagonists’ glances and silences. (Locarno Film Festival)

  5. 18:00
    Advocate
    Sun 8. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Tue 10. Dec, 18:00
    OVe 110' | Israel, Kanada Schweiz 2019 | Rachel Leah Jones, Philippe Bellaiche | Doc

    Israeli human-rights lawyer Lea Tsemel is a force that won’t be deterred. Having defended Palestinians against a host of criminal charges in Israeli courts for nearly five decades, she is a staunch supporter of compassion within the court system. Frequently subjected to harsh criticism in the press and in the public view, Tsemel remains optimistically steadfast in her belief that justice can be served.In this impressive documentary, Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaïche masterfully juxtapose two of Tsemel’s cases, one professional and the other personal: the defense of a minor accused of attempted murder and a past case in which she defended her activist husband from an accusation of treason against the state. Delicately animated sequences conceal defendants’ identities as Tsemel frankly addresses their best possible chances for acquittal, while interviews with Tsemel’s adult children reveal her unique ability to see the humanity of those accused. Advocate is an original, provocative film that both exposes the human fallout of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict and provides hope for a peaceful resolution. (Sundance FF)

    COURTING CONFLICTS: THE FIGHT AGAINST DISCRIMINATION OF PALESTINIAN DEFENDANTS (Engl.)
    Discussion with the filmmaker Rachel Leah Jones and Michael Warschawski (activist and husband of Lea Tsemel)
    Moderation: Jenny Billeter

    Co-presented by Omanut

  6. 18:30
    One Child Nation
    Sun 8. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Fri 6. Dec, 20:30
    OVe 85' | China, USA 2019 | Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang | Doc

    For Wang, now a first-time mother, investigating the policy of forcibly restricting family size in China spawns traumatic recollections from her own family’s recent past. These stories, in turn, unleash a dizzying number of revelations from journalists, officials, parents, and activists about the widespread enforcement of sterilization, child abandonment, and state-sponsored kidnappings. With chilling clarity, Wang’s new documentary reveals how relentless propaganda brainwashed and terrorized countless Chinese citizens into committing unspeakable crimes against fellow villagers and family members. Through interviews with both victims and instigators, along with revelatory data regarding the sheer number of abandoned children (nearly all of them infant girls), One Child Nation breaks open decades of silence on a vast, unprecedented social experiment that shaped—and destroyed—countless lives. (Sundance Film Festival)

  7. 20:30
    Talking About Trees
    Sun 8. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Sat 7. Dec, 18:30
    OVe 93' | Frankreich, Sudan, Deutschland 2019 | Suhaib Gasmelbari | Doc

    Suliman and three further members of the ‘Sudanese Film Club’ have decided to revive an old cinema. They are united not only by their love of cinema and their passionate desire to restore old film stock and draw attention to Sudanese film history once more, but also by the fact that they have all enjoyed a film education in exile. Tirelessly, they try to get the cinema’s owners on their side and make the place operational again, but repeatedly find themselves up against considerable resistance. In the meantime, they sit together and talk about the past – including their experiences of persecution and even torture as oppositional artists. They also read out old letters written while in exile and dream of a Sudan in which art and intellectual thought can be free. ‘We are smarter than them, but not as strong,’ is how they unanimously summarise their situation. It is in laconic moments such as these that the viewer is able to perceive the friendship, as well as the bond and ideological solidarity that exists in the struggle for common ideals. Suhaib Gasmelbari puts the history of Sudanese cinema at the centre of his film and at the same time sheds light on the current situation in a country shaken by ongoing crises. (Berlinale)

  8. 21:00
    Reconstructing Utoya
    Sun 8. Dec
    OVe 98' | Schweden, Norwegen, Dänemark 2018 | Carl Javér | Doc

    White lines on a dark stage evoke the scene of the 2011 attack that plunged Norway's open and democratic society into a state of shock. Together with a group of young people, four survivors reconstruct their recollections of the massacre that took place at a youth camp on the island of Utøya. Carl Javér's film quietly observes a space in which scenes are re-enacted and means of processing trauma and communicating personal experience are made visible. Fleeing from gunshots, hiding in fear, not knowing what is coming next – these are experiences that straddle the borderline between life and death. But within the supportive environment of the group, the participants also manage to reclaim their laughter. (Berlinale)

Mon 9. Dec 2019
  1. 09:30
    Rafiki - Schulvorstellung
    Mon 9. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Fri 6. Dec, 13:30

    School Screening

    OVd 83' | Kenya 2018 | Wanuri Kahiu | Fiction

    "Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives,” but Kena and Ziki long for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls resist and remain close friends, supporting each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety. (trigon)

    Talk in German with Anna Rosenwasser, director of Lesbenorganisation Schweiz (LOS)

  2. 10:00
    Minding the Gap - Schulvorstellung
    Mon 9. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Tue 10. Dec, 14:00

    School Screening

    OVd 98' | USA 2018 | Bing Liu | Doc

    First-time filmmaker Bing Liu's documentary Minding the Gap is a coming-of-age saga of three skateboarding friends in their Rust Belt hometown hit hard by decades of recession. In his quest to understand why he and his friends all ran away from home when they were younger, Bing follows 23-year-old Zack as he becomes a father and 17-year-old Keire as he gets his first job.

    Talk in Englisch with Oliver Percovich, director of Skateistan presented by Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation
    Moderation: Tim Bettermann

  3. 13:30
    Gods of Molenbeek - Schulvorstellung
    Mon 9. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Fri 6. Dec, 09:30
    2. Tue 10. Dec, 09:30
    3. Tue 10. Dec, 13:30

    School Screening

    OVd 75' | Finnland, Belgien, Deutschland 2019 | Reeta Huhtanen | Doc

    The Molenbeek district of Brussels. A believed jihadi capital to some but familiar home to the 6 year-old boys Aatos and Amine. This is where they listen to spiders, discover black holes and quarrel over who gets to command the flying carpet that is to take them to the lands of their ancestors. They live in the same building, yet come from different worlds.  Together they search for answers to the big questions. Aatos wants a god of his own, as Amine already has Allah but the question is complicated by his friend Flo’s belief that people who believe in God have gone crazy. (catndocs)

    Followed by a film talk, moderated by Aline Juchler

  4. 14:00
    MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. - Schulvorstellung
    Mon 9. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Fri 6. Dec, 10:00

    School Screening

    OVd 97' | Russland 2018 | Stephen Loveridge | Doc

    Charting her experiences of civil war and migration to her rise as a popular but controversial star, this documentary film traces the life of the singer and pop icon M.I.A. Born in Sri Lanka to the founder of the Tamil independence movement, Mathangi ‘Maya’ Arulpragasam – alias M.I.A. – fled to London with her mother and siblings at the age of nine. Her original plan being to become a documentary filmmaker, she returned to Sri Lanka as an art student and began filming her family members. Her journey and her experiences with Sri Lanka’s military regime have shaped her artistic and political attitudes. She began making music and has developed a culture clash aesthetic inspired by street art, hip-hop and various migrant communities in London that has lead to worldwide success. However, her support for the Tamil rebels and her ‘bad girl’ identity have been harshly criticised by mainstream media, politicians and conservative members of the public. Using archive material from the last 22 years, most of which was shot by Maya herself, Steve Loveridge reveals how Maya uses pop music as a political mouthpiece and does not shy away from being an outsider. (Berlinale)

    Anschliessendes Gespräch mit dem Schweizer Künstler, Entertainer, Rapper und Aktivisten Knackeboul, präsentiert von der Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation
    Moderation: Tim Bettermann

  5. 18:00
    What You Gonna Do When the World is on Fire?
    Mon 9. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Sun 8. Dec, 15:00
    E 123' | USA 2018 | Roberto Minervini | Doc

    It is the summer of 2017. A tidal wave of police killings has hit the African-American community. A group of Black Panthers seeks justice. But racism and violence are engrained in the cogs of white justice. Roberto Minervini creates a highly charged counter shot to his previous film Louisiana (The Other Side). Shot in highly contrasted black and white, the film is as lyrical as it is political. The filmmaker creates a chilling portrait of race relationships in Donald Trump’s United States. Rampant and murderous racism grows while people on the street try to survive amongst enormous challenges and violence. Roberto Minervini himself has been subject to police violence while shooting the film. His articulate way of framing and gaining access to people allows him to obtain a degree of intimacy that almost blurs the boundaries between fiction and documentary. What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? is further proof of Minervini’s status as one of the most relevant and challenging filmmakers working in non fiction film today. (Visions du Reel)

  6. 18:30
    Volunteer
    Mon 9. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Tue 10. Dec, 21:00
    OVe 94' | Schweiz 2019 | Anna Thommen, Lorenz Nufer | Doc

    A film about the unprecedented Swiss grassroots movement of regular citizens who rise to aid thousands of refugees stranded at the European borders. In rich and safe Switzerland people from all backgrounds leave their regular life behind to support people in need. There is a Swiss farmer and his wife who keep cows in the Swiss Alps, a former commander of the Swiss Army, an elder rich lady residing at the lakeside, and a successful comedian and entertainer. These unexperienced volunteers take on an adventure that will change their lives for ever.

    KOSMOPOLITICS AT KOSMOS FORUM 20:15
    SHOULD SOLIDARITY BE PUNISHED? (German)
    Talk with the filmmaker Lorenz Nufer, the protagonists Michael Räber und Michael Grossenbacher and Lisa Salza, Amnesty International.
    Moderation: Noëmi Landolt (journalist WOZ)

    Co-presented by Amnesty International

  7. 20:30
    Los Silencios
    Mon 9. Dec
    OVdf 89' | Brasilien, Kolumbien, Frankreich 2019 | Beatriz Seigner | Fiction

    The young Nuria flees the civil war in Colombia. She arrives at dawn on a mysterious island in the furthest reaches of the Amazon. Nuria gradually understands that her father, who supposedly died in a landslide caused by an oil company, may be hiding in their house. The violence and collective memory of Latin America intertwine in this bewitching film, tinged with magical realism. (FIFDH Geneva)

    AFTER THE WAR – COLUMBIA’S STRUGGLE FOR PEACE
    Discussion with Arancha Garcia del Soto, coordinating the work of the Colombian truth commissions exile team’s work with victims and survivors in Europe. Where does Colombia stand with regards to the peace process? How are victim/survivors in exile involved in the work of the truth commission?
    Moderated by Nicola Diday, international peacebuilder.

  8. 21:00
    Another Day of Life
    Mon 9. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Sat 7. Dec, 13:30
    OVe 86' | Polen, Spanien 2018 | Raúl de la Fuente, Damian Nenow | Doc Animation

    Ryszard Kapuscinski (1932-2007) was one of the 20th century’s principal and most colourful war reporters. He reported on 27 revolutions during his career, was imprisoned 40 times and sentenced to death four times. He was primarily active in Africa as a correspondent for a Polish news agency. When civil war erupted in Angola in 1975, he was the only foreign reporter on the ground. His book Another Day of Life describes how that diamond and oil-rich country was used as a Cold War pawn.
    Kapuscinski’s writing style is subjective, sometimes even surreal. This animated adaptation does complete justice to his form of literary reportage. Hallucinatory impressions of chaotic firefights are recorded in a graphic-novel-like style. Interviews with the main characters were made in real life, 40 years later – some have become successful, others have gone mad. This is a story, but no work of fiction. (Rotterdam Film Festival)

Tue 10. Dec 2019
  1. 09:30
    Gods of Molenbeek - Schulvorstellung
    Tue 10. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Fri 6. Dec, 09:30
    2. Mon 9. Dec, 13:30
    3. Tue 10. Dec, 13:30

    School Screening

    OVd 75' | Finnland, Belgien, Deutschland 2019 | Reeta Huhtanen | Doc

    The Molenbeek district of Brussels. A believed jihadi capital to some but familiar home to the 6 year-old boys Aatos and Amine. This is where they listen to spiders, discover black holes and quarrel over who gets to command the flying carpet that is to take them to the lands of their ancestors. They live in the same building, yet come from different worlds.  Together they search for answers to the big questions. Aatos wants a god of his own, as Amine already has Allah but the question is complicated by his friend Flo’s belief that people who believe in God have gone crazy. (catndocs)

  2. 10:00
    Les Misérables - Schulvorstellung
    Tue 10. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Fri 6. Dec, 14:00

    School Screening

    OVd 102' | Frankreich 2018 | Ladj Ly | Fiction

    Stephane, only just arrived from Cherbourg, joins the anti criminality brigade of Montfermeil in a sensitive district of the Paris suburbs. Paired up with Chris and Gwada whose methods are sometimes "special" he rapidly discovers the tensions between the various neighborhood groups. When an arrest starts to get out of hand, a drone is filming every move they make.

    Anschliessend findet ein Filmgespräch mit Sandrine Charlot Zinsli von Aux Arts etc... statt.

  3. 13:30
    Gods of Molenbeek - Schulvorstellung
    Tue 10. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Fri 6. Dec, 09:30
    2. Mon 9. Dec, 13:30
    3. Tue 10. Dec, 09:30

    School Screening

    OVd 75' | Finnland, Belgien, Deutschland 2019 | Reeta Huhtanen | Doc

    The Molenbeek district of Brussels. A believed jihadi capital to some but familiar home to the 6 year-old boys Aatos and Amine. This is where they listen to spiders, discover black holes and quarrel over who gets to command the flying carpet that is to take them to the lands of their ancestors. They live in the same building, yet come from different worlds.  Together they search for answers to the big questions. Aatos wants a god of his own, as Amine already has Allah but the question is complicated by his friend Flo’s belief that people who believe in God have gone crazy. (catndocs)

  4. 14:00
    Minding the Gap - Schulvorstellung
    Tue 10. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Mon 9. Dec, 10:00

    School Screening

    OVd 98' | USA 2018 | Bing Liu | Doc

    First-time filmmaker Bing Liu's documentary Minding the Gap is a coming-of-age saga of three skateboarding friends in their Rust Belt hometown hit hard by decades of recession. In his quest to understand why he and his friends all ran away from home when they were younger, Bing follows 23-year-old Zack as he becomes a father and 17-year-old Keire as he gets his first job.

    Talk in English with Oliver Percovich, director of Skateistan presented by Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation
    Moderation: Tim Bettermann

  5. 18:00
    Advocate
    Tue 10. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Sun 8. Dec, 18:00
    OVe 110' | Israel, Kanada Schweiz 2019 | Rachel Leah Jones, Philippe Bellaiche | Doc

    Israeli human-rights lawyer Lea Tsemel is a force that won’t be deterred. Having defended Palestinians against a host of criminal charges in Israeli courts for nearly five decades, she is a staunch supporter of compassion within the court system. Frequently subjected to harsh criticism in the press and in the public view, Tsemel remains optimistically steadfast in her belief that justice can be served.In this impressive documentary, Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaïche masterfully juxtapose two of Tsemel’s cases, one professional and the other personal: the defense of a minor accused of attempted murder and a past case in which she defended her activist husband from an accusation of treason against the state. Delicately animated sequences conceal defendants’ identities as Tsemel frankly addresses their best possible chances for acquittal, while interviews with Tsemel’s adult children reveal her unique ability to see the humanity of those accused. Advocate is an original, provocative film that both exposes the human fallout of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict and provides hope for a peaceful resolution. (Sundance FF)

  6. 18:30
    Midnight Traveler
    Tue 10. Dec
    OVd 87' | USA, UK, Katar 2019 | Hassan Fazili | Doc

    Fateful developments and surprising twists in the lives of their protagonists are welcome ingredients for documentary filmmakers. But when the director and his family are themselves the protagonists in their own film, every threatening situation becomes a conflict of conscience. Is it right to film every dramatic moment or is it morally wrong to think about a good film scene in the midst of misfortune?
    In 2015, a death threat from the Taliban saw Afghan director Hassan Fazili and his wife Fatima Hussaini, also a filmmaker, in exactly this situation. Together with their two daughters Nargis (11) and Zahra (6), they flee from their homeland to distant Europe in search of safety. The couple, and their two daughters, use their mobile phones to film their journey, which was to last several years. On the Balkan route, during long and uncertain stays in various refugee camps, they draw strength from documenting their difficult situation. Despite adversities and setbacks, the parents never once lose their humanity. They bear all manner of hardships and hope for a better future for their daughters, who become more and more independent as the long journey progresses. (Berlinale)

    BIG DEBATE AT KOSMOS FORUM 20:15
    HUMAN RIGHTS DAY:
    THE RIGHTS OF DISPLACED CHILDREN

    Welcome
    Leo Kaneman, founder and honorary president of HRFF Zurich Barbara Schedler, deputy head of the Human Security Division, FDFA

    The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child protects the rights of every child – from Switzerland to Tajikistan. It protects children from discrimination, and guarantees their right to education and healthcare as well as to play, rest and leisure. Even in our everyday lives, we cannot take it for granted that children's rights are safeguarded. So how do we ensure these rights for children who have often been displaced for years, children who are at risk of abuse and exploitation? When they arrive in a safe host country, how can we help them with practical challenges like learning the local language, joining a school, getting a job, or dealing with psychological and physical trauma?
    Our panellists will engage in an open debate with the audience to discuss what can and must be done to protect and promote the rights of displaced children. The event will open with a screening of Midnight Traveler, a film depicting how Afghan director Hassan Fazili, his wife and two daughters escaped persecution in their homeland. It is a moving testimony that gives a face to children and adults who have been displaced and the risks they are exposed to.
    To mark the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, this year's Human Rights Film Festival Zurich will focus on children's rights on International Human Rights Day on 10 December.

    Panellists:
    Hassan Fazili, filmmaker
    Rolf Widmer, Director of International Social Service and Director of the association Tipiti Switzerland
    Verena Knaus, UNICEF, senior policy advisor
    Jochen Ganter, project coordinator Doctors Without Borders
    Moderator: Rafaela Roth, Tages Anzeiger

    Co-presented by Präsentiert mit Eidgenössisches Departement für auswärtige Angelegenheiten EDA, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) und trigon-film

  7. 20:30
    Born in Evin
    Tue 10. Dec
    OVe 98' | Deutschland, Österreich 2019 | Maryam Zaree | Doc

    Director and actor Maryam Zaree seeks to shed light on the circumstances of her own birth in Evin, one of Iran’s most notorious prisons for dissidents. Forty years ago, the Shah, and the Iranian monarchy with him, was overthrown. After gaining power, Ayatollah Khomeini, the new head of state and religious leader, had tens of thousands of political opponents arrested and tortured, including the filmmaker’s parents. The family, that was later able to flee to Germany, has never discussed this period of their lives in detail. After years of hesitation, Maryam Zaree finally decides to address the decades of silence: how did their trauma as a result of persecution and violence inscribe itself in the bodies and souls of the survivors and their children? How do survivors cope on a personal level with the fact that the perpetrators still enjoy positions of power with impunity? And what does it mean politically when one of the parties involved tries to cut through the dense undergrowth of repression that exists amongst the closest members of her family? (Berlinale)

  8. 21:00
    Volunteer
    Tue 10. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Mon 9. Dec, 18:30
    OVe 94' | Schweiz 2019 | Anna Thommen, Lorenz Nufer | Doc

    A film about the unprecedented Swiss grassroots movement of regular citizens who rise to aid thousands of refugees stranded at the European borders. In rich and safe Switzerland people from all backgrounds leave their regular life behind to support people in need. There is a Swiss farmer and his wife who keep cows in the Swiss Alps, a former commander of the Swiss Army, an elder rich lady residing at the lakeside, and a successful comedian and entertainer. These unexperienced volunteers take on an adventure that will change their lives for ever.