Programmübersicht
Thu 2. Dec 2021
  1. 19:00
    Flee
    Thu 2. Dec

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    Odf 83' | Dänemark, Frankreich, Schweden 2021 | Jonas Poher Rasmussen | Documentary

    For over 20 years, Amin has been hiding a secret that threatens to ruin the life he has built for himself since arriving in Copenhagen. Haunted by the traumas of his past - that he reveals implicitly - he decides to share his story for the first time, with the director, a close friend, who encourages him to come clean. The story then reveals Amin’s harrowing voyage, from his childhood in post-communist Afghanistan to his present as a respected academician in Denmark, about to marry his partner. Created mainly with remarkable images of animation so as to maintain the anonymity of its protagonists, the film takes us on the trying journey of a refugee to find asylum abroad, and invites us into his relationship with homosexuality. Told in the first person, Flee conveys a feeling of closeness and the sensation of genuinely accessing the captivating memories of the main character. It succeeds in subtly interweaving genres, while retaining a healthy touch of humour. A poignant intimate tale, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. (Astrid Silva, Visions du Réel)

    Images: © FinalCutforReal

    OPENING NIGHT

    Words of Welcome

    Sascha Lara Bleuler, Director HRFF Zurich
    Katharina Morawek, President HRFF Zürich
    Ambassador Simon Geissbühler, Peace and Human Rights, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA)

    Talk with Jonas Poher Rasmussen. (Engl.)
    Moderation: Katharina Morawek, President HRFF Zurich

  2. 20:30
    Ostrov – Lost Island
    Thu 2. Dec

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    Odf 90' | Schweiz 2021 | Svetlana Rodina, Laurent Stoop | Documentary

    On the desert island of Ostrov, lost out in the Caspian Sea, a handful of inhabitants live without roads, electricity or jobs, abandoned by the Russian state since the fall of the Soviet Union. Caviar fishing, once the heart of the island’s economy, is now illegal. To feed his family, Ivan regularly goes to sea and, although he has already been imprisoned twice by the authorities for poaching, he remains convinced that Putin will one day save him from misery. Like the majority of Ostrov’s inhabitants, he continues to follow the beliefs and traditions of a country to which he no longer really seems to belong. In this slightly dystopian atmosphere, Svetlana Rodina and Laurent Stoop weave the portrait of a family forced to imagine a future for itself amidst the ruins or to turn towards the outside world, towards Russia and its current events. A documentary with poignant images on an island full of mysteries and contradictions, which reflects the vast expanse of the Russian territory where the myth of a national identity and unity still seem to find a place. (Camille Kaiser, Visions du Réel)

    ARTISTIC WORK AT THE FRINGE OF AN AUTHORITARIAN SOCIETY (Engl.)
    Following the film will be a discussion with the Russian social scientist Dilyara Müller-Suleymanova and the filmmakers Svetlana Rodina and Laurent Stoop on the artistic dialogue concerning life in Russia today.

    Moderation: Emanuel Schäublin, Board HRFF Zurich

Fri 3. Dec 2021
  1. 10:00
    SHADOW GAME - School Screening
    Fri 3. Dec
    OVe 90' | Holland | Eefje Blankevoort, Els van Driel | Documentary

    If it's a game, then it's one of the most dangerous. Every day, teenagers flee war-torn countries, attempting to cross European borders in search of a better future. Hostile nature, fences or armed guards - every step they take towards their final destination might also prove a step towards death. A stunning coming-of-age film in which lives are consumed on the clandestine roads of a fortress continent. (FIFDH Geneva)

    Followed by a talk with the film maker Els van Driel
    Moderation: Lea Bloch, Journalist

  2. 13:30
    My Name is Baghdad - School screening
    Fri 3. Dec
    OVd 96' | Brasilien 2020 | Caru Alves De Souza | Fiction

    Bagdá is surrounded by self-confident role models in her family. However, outside on the streets, in the venues and clubs, the old machismo continues to dominate. Bagdá and her fellow comrades-in-arms confront it defiantly. (MUBI)

    Followed by an animated film talk.
    Moderation: Anna Rosenwasser, LGBT-Expert and feminist author

    Presented with Latin American Center UZH

    Registration for schools by 10.11. at schuleundkultur.zh.ch

  3. 14:00
    Lunana - A Yak in the Classroom - School screening
    Fri 3. Dec
    Odf 109' | Bhutan 2020 | Pawo Choyning Dorji | Fiction

    Struggling with his profession as a teacher, Ugyen is sent to Lunana in northern Bhutan for his final year of training. With a warm welcome, the local children try to win him over but they do not have much time. (Trigon Film)

    Followed by an animated film talk.
    Moderation: Lea Bloch, Journalist

    Presented with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation Switzerland

    Registration for schools until 10.11. at schuleundkultur.zh.ch

  4. 18:00
    Les Enfants Terribles
    Fri 3. Dec

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    OVe 92' | Frankreich, Deutschland, Türkei 2021 | Ahmet Necdet Çupur | Documentary

    In Ahmed Necdet Cupur's film, Les Enfants terribles are his own siblings, all of whom want to escape the life their parents have planned for them, as he did. Mahmut is barely a man but his wedding to bride far too young is already falling apart. Zanep has fire in her veins and is determined not to marry her cousin. Instead, she will do whatever it takes to go to University. The parents struggle to assert their authority and wonder what is happening to the world around them. Les Enfants terribles is a timeless epic disguised as a domestic drama. Zanep and Mamhut fight a war of independence with determination and strategy, in a game of attack and retreat, while never forgetting their main aim: to be able to choose their own path. Ahmed Necdet Cupur captures these heroic fights with consideration and respect through the characters’ subtle emotions. Directed with sobriety, Les Enfants Terribles is a memorable family roman which reflects Turkish society and its current mutations. (Rebecca de Pas, Visions du Réel)

    After the screening there will be a talk with the filmmaker Ahmet Necdet Çupur. (Engl.)
    Moderation: Lea Bloch, Journalist

  5. 18:30
    I am Samuel
    Fri 3. Dec

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    OVe 68' | Kenia, Kanada, UK, USA 2020 | Peter Murimi | Documentary

    Samuel grew up on a farm in the Kenyan countryside, where tradition is valued above all else. He moves to Nairobi in search of a new life, where he finds belonging in a community of fellow queer men where he meets and falls in love with Alex. Their love thrives even though Kenyan laws criminalize anyone who identifies as LGBTQ, and together they face threats of violence and rejection. Samuel’s father, a preacher at the local church, doesn’t understand why his son is not yet married and Samuel must navigate the very real risk that being truthful to who he is may cost him his family’s acceptance. Filmed over five years, I Am Samuel is an intimate portrait of a Kenyan man balancing pressures of family loyalty, love, and safety and questioning the concept of conflicting identities. (Human Rights Watch Film Festival)

    WHEN LOVE IS A CRIME (Engl.)
    After the film, the director Peter Murimi will talk via Zoom about social exclusion, discrimination and criminalisation of people in Kenya based merely on who they love. Graeme Reid, Director of the LGBT rights section at Human Rights Watch, contextualises the theme in a wider human rights context of the region.

    Moderation: Marguerite Meyer, Journalist

  6. 20:30
    Brother's Keeper
    Fri 3. Dec

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    OVe 85' | Türkei, Rumänien 2021 | Ferit Karahan | Documentary

    Strict rules prevail at a remote boarding school in the mountains of Anatolia where Turkish teachers educate gifted Kurdish pupils from the surrounding area. Once a week, the boys are allowed to shower and, like everything else here, this process is monitored. One night, twelve-year-old Memo asks his friend Yusuf if he can sleep in his bed. But, afraid of gossip, Yusuf refuses. The next morning, Memo is sick and cannot attend class. The school’s heating has broken down and an icy winter’s day takes its course. Memo’s condition worsens. He is no longer responsive and Yusuf is only allowed to talk when prompted. Gradually, the events of the previous night are revealed.
    Ferit Karahan’s finely spun drama illuminates a microcosm marked by poverty and fear. Surrounded by snow and frost, the emotional coldness which prevails between teachers and pupils in this authoritarian educational institution become almost physically tangible. (Berlinale)

    Images: © Diren Düzgün

    After the film there will be a talk with the filmmaker Ferit Karahan. (Engl.)
    Moderation: Aline Juchler

  7. 21:00
    The World on a Screen
    Fri 3. Dec

    KOSMOS Infos

    Deutsch 60' | Schweiz | Katharina Morawek | Late Night Lecture

    Series are extremely popular. Besides the usual candidates such as Netflix or Sky, producers in Latin America, the Middle East and in North Africa serve coherent regional markets as well. Series are a form of «Soft Power» that mirror geopolitical and power play issues away from cinema screens. For the audience too, who look beyond local references. This evening combines information and entertainment whilst in a relaxed salon atmosphere. With Anisha Imhasly (Advisor for Diversity and Transcultural Issues) and Ali Sonay (Assistant Lecturer, Institute for Islamic Studies and Modern Oriental Philology, Bern University).

    Moderation: Katharina Morawek, President HRFF Zurich

  8. 21:00
    Imad's Childhood
    Fri 3. Dec

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    OVe 78' | Schweden, Lettland 2021 | Zahavi Sanjavi | Documentary

    After two and a half years in captivity, Imad, his little brother Idan, and their mother Ghazala are released into a displaced persons’ camp in Kurdistan. Healing from the trauma is hard for all of them, but it seems Imad is having a particularly tough time. Not yet five, he has already spent over half his life enduring terror, abuse, and “training” meant to make him heartless. Speaking only Arabic, he cannot communicate with his family, and the only means of expression at his disposal is violence. He hits and spits, and his only game is pretending to be an ISIS fighter who shoots, blows things up, and kills. This poignant film follows him as he takes hesitant steps on the hard road to recovery, guided and held by his mother, his grandmother, and an incredibly supportive therapist. (Docaviv)

    CHILDREN AFTER ISIS IMPRISONMENT: HOW TO REACH PROTECTION AND HEALING? (Engl.)
    Talk with Nicolette Waldmann, Amnesty International expert on the topic of children in armed conflict. For years she has worked on Irak and Syria and is the author of the Amnesty report "Heritage of Terror: The destiny of Yesidi children who survived ISIS.". She has spoken to many Yesidi children und is invested in the elucidation of ISIS criminalities as well as for justice, protection and the healing of survivors.

    Moderation: Alexandra Karle (Manager Amnesty International Switzerland)

    Presented with Amnesty International Switzerland
    Winner of Film Prix Célestine by Interfilm Switzerland

  9. 23:00
    District 9
    Fri 3. Dec

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    E 112' | USA | Neill Blomkamp | Fiction

    Thirty years ago, aliens arrive on Earth -- not to conquer or give aid, but -- to find refuge from their dying planet. Separated from humans in a South African area called District 9, the aliens are managed by Multi-National United, which is unconcerned with the aliens' welfare but will do anything to master their advanced technology. When a company field agent (Sharlto Copley) contracts a mysterious virus that begins to alter his DNA, there is only one place he can hide: District 9. (rottentomatoes)

    Images: © 2009 Columbia TriStar Marketing Group, Inc.

    NOCTURNE
    The cult film produced by Peter Jackson will be shown as a Late Night Special with an introduction by film specialist and sci-fi-expert Simon Spiegel.

Sat 4. Dec 2021
  1. 11:30
    Imad's Childhood
    Sat 4. Dec

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    OVe 78' | Schweden, Lettland 2021 | Zahavi Sanjavi | Documentary

    After two and a half years in captivity, Imad, his little brother Idan, and their mother Ghazala are released into a displaced persons’ camp in Kurdistan. Healing from the trauma is hard for all of them, but it seems Imad is having a particularly tough time. Not yet five, he has already spent over half his life enduring terror, abuse, and “training” meant to make him heartless. Speaking only Arabic, he cannot communicate with his family, and the only means of expression at his disposal is violence. He hits and spits, and his only game is pretending to be an ISIS fighter who shoots, blows things up, and kills. This poignant film follows him as he takes hesitant steps on the hard road to recovery, guided and held by his mother, his grandmother, and an incredibly supportive therapist. (Docaviv)

  2. 13:00
    Brother's Keeper
    Sat 4. Dec

    KOSMOS Tickets

    OVe 85' | Türkei, Rumänien 2021 | Ferit Karahan | Documentary

    Strict rules prevail at a remote boarding school in the mountains of Anatolia where Turkish teachers educate gifted Kurdish pupils from the surrounding area. Once a week, the boys are allowed to shower and, like everything else here, this process is monitored. One night, twelve-year-old Memo asks his friend Yusuf if he can sleep in his bed. But, afraid of gossip, Yusuf refuses. The next morning, Memo is sick and cannot attend class. The school’s heating has broken down and an icy winter’s day takes its course. Memo’s condition worsens. He is no longer responsive and Yusuf is only allowed to talk when prompted. Gradually, the events of the previous night are revealed.
    Ferit Karahan’s finely spun drama illuminates a microcosm marked by poverty and fear. Surrounded by snow and frost, the emotional coldness which prevails between teachers and pupils in this authoritarian educational institution become almost physically tangible. (Berlinale)

    Images: © Diren Düzgün

  3. 15:00
    Wet Sand
    Sat 4. Dec

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    OVd 115' | Schweiz, Georgien 2021 | Elene Naveriani | Fiction

    A village at the Georgian Black Sea with friendly people believing to know each other. One day, Eliko is found hanged and his granddaughter Moe is called to organise the funeral. She is confronted with a web of lies and the tragic consequences of Eliko’s hidden love life with Amnon over the last twenty-two years. The truth however freed Moe’s capability to love and provokes the villagers to take a stand. (Swiss Films)

    Images: © Maximage Sister distribution

    A talk follows the screening with the director Elene Naveriani.
    Moderation: Jenny Billeter, Kino Xenix

  4. 15:30
    Writing with Fire
    Sat 4. Dec

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    OVe 94' | India 2021 | Sushmit Ghosh, Rintu Thomas | Documentary

    Meera films the testimony of a rape victim with her iPhone before confronting the police for their inaction. For Meera, thorough journalism is the key to justice. That's why she founded the only newspaper in the whole of India published entirely by Dalit women, the so-called "untouchables" – the very lowest caste. Every day, they report on the most explosive issues and fight for social change, even if it means risking their own safety. WRITING WITH FIRE follows at close quarters a determined group of women who question the social system and boldly break with tradition. (ZFF)

    Images: © Black Ticket Films

    NEW(S) WAVES BY WOMEN (Engl.)
    We are joined via Skype by the film protagonists Meera Devi, Bureau Chief and Shyamkali Devi, Senior Reporter of Khabar Lahariya to receive an update on the status of their newspaper and its legitimacy to fight women’s rights. How has the newspaper evolved since the films’ release in 2014 and how have its new(s) waves contributed to the battle for women's rights in India? Together with Elena Valdameri (Postdoctoral Researcher, History of the Modern World, ETH Zürich), we discuss how activist efforts such as done by the Khabar Lahariya team can help the emancipation of women in Indian society.

    Moderation: Josefa Haas, Reporters without Borders
    Presented with Reportagen

  5. 18:00
    Grosser Baum auf Reise – Taming the Garden
    Sat 4. Dec

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    Odf 92' | Schweiz, Deutschland, Georgien 2021 | Salomé Jashi | Documentary

    A powerful man, who is also the former Prime Minister of Georgia, buys some 100-year-old trees. His men uproot them, some of them as tall as 15-storey buildings, and bring them to his private garden: through villages, over hills and across the Black Sea. To archieve this, other trees must be cut, electric cables moved and new roads paved through mandarin plantations. The film takes the concept of uprooting from its metaphorical meaning to an oppressive, tangible and yet surreal reality. An ode to the rivalry between men and nature. (Swiss Films)

    Followed by a talk with the director Salomé Jashi and a respresentative of Greenpeace. (Engl.)
    Moderation: Chantal Hirschi

    Presented with Greenpeace Schweiz and Film Festival Diritti Umani Lugano

  6. 18:30
    The Case You
    Sat 4. Dec

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    OVe 80' | Deutschland 2020 | Alison Kuhn | Documentary

    Just how far is it acceptable to push actors in the name of cinema? And at what point do you cross the boundary where acting becomes sexual assault? These are the questions raised by the testimony of six young women who were manipulated and sexually abused during an audition. They knew beforehand that the film they were auditioning for was about incest, and they were familiar with the director’s controversial work. But during the audition, without prior discussion, they were groped, beaten, and forced to undress. These traumatizing experiences resurfaced when a few years later it transpired that the footage of the auditions had been made into a documentary.

    The women aren’t just fighting back through the courts. They have banded together to tell their story on camera, in a sort of antidote to the toxic audition. The director of The Case You, Alison Kuhn, is one of them. This neutralizes the camera’s potentially predatory eye and turns the lens into a liberating channel to express anger and demand justice. (IDFA)

    Images: © Lenn Lamster

    SEXUALISED VIOLENCE IN FILM AND BEYOND IT
    Alison Kuhn (Director) und Aileen Lakatos (Protagonist), Agota Lavoyer (Opferhilfe Kanton Solothurn) und Simone Eggler (Brava) speak of sexualised violence in film business and beyond it. How do such violations happen? Which relevant power plan and societal images are at play here? What does it mean for the involved parties? And what needs to change?

    Moderation: Rafaela Roth, Journalist NZZ am Sonntag

    Presented with Brava (former TERRE DES FEMMES Switzerland)
    Supported by SWAN – Swiss Women’s Audiovisual Network Association

  7. 20:30
    Should the Wind Drop
    Sat 4. Dec

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    OVe 100' | Armenien, Frankreich, Belgien 2021 | Nora Martirosyan | Fiction

    Alain, played by the captivating Grégoire Colin, arrives in Stepanakert, capital of Nagorno-Karabakh, to assess the airport and open this self-proclaimed republic to the world. But Alain knows nothing about this strange territory or its inhabitants, and things don't go according to plan... Selected at Cannes, Armenian director Nora Martirosyan's first film impresses with its formal mastery and its restrained and delicate screenplay. (FIFDH Geneva)

    Images: © SISTER PRODUCTIONS

    Introduction by Eliane Menghetti, board member of ICJ-CH

    Presented with ICJ-CH – International Commission of Jurists - Swiss Section

  8. 21:00
    I am growing a moustache - Transtrender Chronicles
    Sat 4. Dec

    KOSMOS Infos

    D 60' | Schweiz | Sascha Rijkeboer | Performance

    Sascha Rijkeboer is a pop activist, visibilist, Instagram story-quing and featured at this years Human Rights Film Festival Zurich with a new Spokenword programme. Sascha performs texts that deal with the identity of trans and non-binary people, transmasculinity and the constraints of a heteronormative society. A mix of themes are reflected upon: Our own privileges, the complexity of a pluralist society offering a million subject formats, but a set of coercive rules too. But most and for all, the performance invites us to laugh out loud about being different, not being, as well as being «normal».

    Free entry

    Tip: Sascha Rijkeboer is the protagonist of the short film «Being Sascha» (OVe 35’ | Manuel Gübeli | Switzerland, Germany 2020 | Doc), visible here online on demand. Sascha’s name wasn’t always Sascha. But now it is. Sascha doesn’t identify as a man or as a woman, but as trans non-binary. A story about what it means to live in a society that wasn’t expecting you. A glimpse into a life that allows us to question our own categories. And a film about what it means to be oneself.

  9. 21:00
    Shadow Game
    Sat 4. Dec

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    OVe 90' | Holland 2021 | Eefje Blankevoort, Els van Driel | Documentary

    If it's a game, then it's one of the most dangerous. Every day, teenagers flee war-torn countries, attempting to cross European borders in search of a better future. Hostile nature, fences or armed guards - every step they take towards their final destination might also prove a step towards death. A stunning coming-of-age film in which lives are consumed on the clandestine roads of a fortress continent. (FIFDH Geneva)

    «THE GAME» AS A DANGEROUS REALITY - HOW CAN NGOs AND CIVIL SOCIETY HELP? (Engl.)
    Talk with Michel Anglade (Director and UN Representative, Geneva Advocacy Office, Save the Children) and Els van Driel (filmmaker Shadow Game) on the situation of unaccompanied children and youth along migrant routes and ways in which NGOs and civil society can help improve the situation.

    Moderation: Marcy Goldberg

    Presented with Save the Children

Sun 5. Dec 2021
  1. 11:00
    Should the Wind Drop
    Sun 5. Dec

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    OVe 100' | Armenien, Frankreich, Belgien 2021 | Nora Martirosyan | Fiction

    Alain, played by the captivating Grégoire Colin, arrives in Stepanakert, capital of Nagorno-Karabakh, to assess the airport and open this self-proclaimed republic to the world. But Alain knows nothing about this strange territory or its inhabitants, and things don't go according to plan... Selected at Cannes, Armenian director Nora Martirosyan's first film impresses with its formal mastery and its restrained and delicate screenplay. (FIFDH Geneva)

    Images: © SISTER PRODUCTIONS

  2. 11:30
    Ostrov – Lost Island
    Sun 5. Dec

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    Odf 90' | Schweiz 2021 | Svetlana Rodina, Laurent Stoop | Documentary

    On the desert island of Ostrov, lost out in the Caspian Sea, a handful of inhabitants live without roads, electricity or jobs, abandoned by the Russian state since the fall of the Soviet Union. Caviar fishing, once the heart of the island’s economy, is now illegal. To feed his family, Ivan regularly goes to sea and, although he has already been imprisoned twice by the authorities for poaching, he remains convinced that Putin will one day save him from misery. Like the majority of Ostrov’s inhabitants, he continues to follow the beliefs and traditions of a country to which he no longer really seems to belong. In this slightly dystopian atmosphere, Svetlana Rodina and Laurent Stoop weave the portrait of a family forced to imagine a future for itself amidst the ruins or to turn towards the outside world, towards Russia and its current events. A documentary with poignant images on an island full of mysteries and contradictions, which reflects the vast expanse of the Russian territory where the myth of a national identity and unity still seem to find a place. (Camille Kaiser, Visions du Réel)

  3. 13:00
    Les Enfants Terribles
    Sun 5. Dec

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    OVe 92' | Frankreich, Deutschland, Türkei 2021 | Ahmet Necdet Çupur | Documentary

    In Ahmed Necdet Cupur's film, Les Enfants terribles are his own siblings, all of whom want to escape the life their parents have planned for them, as he did. Mahmut is barely a man but his wedding to bride far too young is already falling apart. Zanep has fire in her veins and is determined not to marry her cousin. Instead, she will do whatever it takes to go to University. The parents struggle to assert their authority and wonder what is happening to the world around them. Les Enfants terribles is a timeless epic disguised as a domestic drama. Zanep and Mamhut fight a war of independence with determination and strategy, in a game of attack and retreat, while never forgetting their main aim: to be able to choose their own path. Ahmed Necdet Cupur captures these heroic fights with consideration and respect through the characters’ subtle emotions. Directed with sobriety, Les Enfants Terribles is a memorable family roman which reflects Turkish society and its current mutations. (Rebecca de Pas, Visions du Réel)

  4. 15:00
    Grosser Baum auf Reise – Taming the Garden
    Sun 5. Dec

    KOSMOS Tickets

    Odf 92' | Schweiz, Deutschland, Georgien 2021 | Salomé Jashi | Documentary

    A powerful man, who is also the former Prime Minister of Georgia, buys some 100-year-old trees. His men uproot them, some of them as tall as 15-storey buildings, and bring them to his private garden: through villages, over hills and across the Black Sea. To archieve this, other trees must be cut, electric cables moved and new roads paved through mandarin plantations. The film takes the concept of uprooting from its metaphorical meaning to an oppressive, tangible and yet surreal reality. An ode to the rivalry between men and nature. (Swiss Films)

  5. 15:30
    Mis hermanos sueñan despiertos
    Sun 5. Dec

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    OVe 85' | Chile 2021 | Claudia Huaiquimilla | Fiction

    Ángel and his younger brother Franco have been incarcerated in a juvenile prison for a year. Despite the difficulties, they have formed a solid group of friends with whom they spend their days sharing dreams of freedom. Everything changes when the arrival of a rebellious young man offers a possible escape: the only door to make those dreams come true. (Locarno Film Festival)

    Presented with the Latin American Center UZH

  6. 18:00
    Flee
    Sun 5. Dec

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    Odf 83' | Dänemark, Frankreich, Schweden 2021 | Jonas Poher Rasmussen | Documentary

    For over 20 years, Amin has been hiding a secret that threatens to ruin the life he has built for himself since arriving in Copenhagen. Haunted by the traumas of his past - that he reveals implicitly - he decides to share his story for the first time, with the director, a close friend, who encourages him to come clean. The story then reveals Amin’s harrowing voyage, from his childhood in post-communist Afghanistan to his present as a respected academician in Denmark, about to marry his partner. Created mainly with remarkable images of animation so as to maintain the anonymity of its protagonists, the film takes us on the trying journey of a refugee to find asylum abroad, and invites us into his relationship with homosexuality. Told in the first person, Flee conveys a feeling of closeness and the sensation of genuinely accessing the captivating memories of the main character. It succeeds in subtly interweaving genres, while retaining a healthy touch of humour. A poignant intimate tale, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. (Astrid Silva, Visions du Réel)

    Images: © FinalCutforReal

    FLIGHT FROM AFGHANISTAN
    Panel about the current situation in Afghanistan und the conditions for LGBT* asylum seekers in Switzerland. With Corinne Troxler (Schweizerische Flüchtlingshilfe) and Stefan Faust (Queeramnesty Switzerland).
    Moderation: Nicola Diday

  7. 18:30
    Shadow Game
    Sun 5. Dec

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    OVe 90' | Holland 2021 | Eefje Blankevoort, Els van Driel | Documentary

    If it's a game, then it's one of the most dangerous. Every day, teenagers flee war-torn countries, attempting to cross European borders in search of a better future. Hostile nature, fences or armed guards - every step they take towards their final destination might also prove a step towards death. A stunning coming-of-age film in which lives are consumed on the clandestine roads of a fortress continent. (FIFDH Geneva)

  8. 20:30
    Der Ast, auf dem ich sitze
    Sun 5. Dec

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    Odf 102' | Schweiz, Deutschland 2020 | Luzia Schmid | Documentary

    The wealth of the world is unequally distributed. One of the profiteers is the canton of Zug, a tax haven in the heart of Switzerland, where more and more wealth is accumulating – and missing elsewhere? Since the middle of the 20th century, the small town on the shores of an idyllic lake has risen to become an important business location. Filmmaker Luzia Schmid remembers her childhood in Zug and lets those people speak who have experienced the changes at first hand: her father, her sister, a trustee, a politician and other contemporary witnesses, critics and profiteers. A personal economic film that embeds tax policy both historically and globally, exposes barefaced ambivalences and dares to question morality. (Zurich Film Festival)

    TAX HAVEN SWITZERLAND – BOOSTER FOR GLOBAL INEQUALITY
    Dominik Gross (Expert for International Finance and Tax Policy, Alliance Sud) and Rita Kesselring (Anthropologist with research focusing on global extractivism in Southern Africa, Basel University) discuss how the fight against global inequality is simultaneously one of international tax justice and the responsibility of politics and economics therein.

    Moderation: Iwan Schauwecker

    Presented with Solidar Suisse

  9. 21:00
    Writing with Fire
    Sun 5. Dec

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    OVe 94' | India 2021 | Sushmit Ghosh, Rintu Thomas | Documentary

    Meera films the testimony of a rape victim with her iPhone before confronting the police for their inaction. For Meera, thorough journalism is the key to justice. That's why she founded the only newspaper in the whole of India published entirely by Dalit women, the so-called "untouchables" – the very lowest caste. Every day, they report on the most explosive issues and fight for social change, even if it means risking their own safety. WRITING WITH FIRE follows at close quarters a determined group of women who question the social system and boldly break with tradition. (ZFF)

    Images: © Black Ticket Films

Mon 6. Dec 2021
  1. 09:30
    Lunana - A Yak in the Classroom - School screening
    Mon 6. Dec
    Odf 109' | Bhutan 2020 | Pawo Choyning Dorji | Fiction

    Struggling with his profession as a teacher, Ugyen is sent to Lunana in northern Bhutan for his final year of training. With a warm welcome, the local children try to win him over but they do not have much time. (Trigon Film)

    Followed by an inciteful film talk.
    Moderation: Claudia Solanes

    Presented with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation Switzerland

    Registration of schools by 10.11. at schuleundkultur.zh.ch

  2. 10:00
    My Name is Baghdad - School screening
    Mon 6. Dec
    OVd 96' | Brasilien 2020 | Caru Alves De Souza | Fiction

    Bagdá is surrounded by self-confident role models in her family. However, outside on the streets, in the venues and clubs, the old machismo continues to dominate. Bagdá and her fellow comrades-in-arms confront it defiantly. (MUBI)

    Followed by an animated film talk.
    Moderation: Annina Brühwiler, journalist und skate-coach

    Presented with Latin American Center UZH

    Registration for schools by 10.11. at schuleundkultur.zh.ch

  3. 13:30
    SHADOW GAME - School Screening
    Mon 6. Dec
    OVe 90' | Holland | Eefje Blankevoort, Els van Driel | Documentary

    If it's a game, then it's one of the most dangerous. Every day, teenagers flee war-torn countries, attempting to cross European borders in search of a better future. Hostile nature, fences or armed guards - every step they take towards their final destination might also prove a step towards death. A stunning coming-of-age film in which lives are consumed on the clandestine roads of a fortress continent. (FIFDH Geneva)

    Followed by a talk with the filmmaker Els van Driel
    Moderation: Claudia Solanes

  4. 14:00
    La mif School screening
    Mon 6. Dec
    Ode 110' | Schweiz 2021 | Fred Baillif | Fiction

    «Ihr sagt, ihr seid für uns da, aber in Wirklichkeit sind wir alleine!» In einem Heim in Genf für Mädchen aus schwierigen familiären Verhältnissen zanken sich die Heimleiter*innen und die jungen Frauen täglich. Auch zwischen den Teenagern knallt es oft, sie beleidigen einander, schreien, schlagen zu und versöhnen sich wieder. Der Filmemacher Fred Baillif, selber ehemaliger Sozialarbeiter, beweist mit seinem zweiten Spielfilm erneut sein grosses Talent in Laien-Schauspielführung und für den gewieften Wechsel zwischen Inszenierung und Improvisation. Über zwei Jahre hat er mit den tatsächlich im Heim wohnhaften Mädchen im Vorfeld gearbeitet und jede einzelne ihre Geschichte erzählen lassen. Eindrücklich verwebt er diese oft von sexualisierter Gewalt geprägten Traumata mit dem emotional intensiven Heim-Alltag in der «Ersatzfamilie». Gleichzeitig entlarvt der Film gravierende Mängel des Schweizerischen Jugendschutzsystems und die Überforderung der Sozialarbeiter*innen. (slb)

    Followed by talk with protagonists (FR/DE)
    Moderation: Sandrine Charlot Zinsli

    Presented with Aux Arts Etc ... and Ambassade de France en Suisse

    Registration for schools until 10.11. at schuleundkultur.zh.ch

    Images: © Joseph Areddy / Stephane Gros

  5. 17:30
    La mif
    Mon 6. Dec

    KOSMOS Tickets

    Ode 110' | Schweiz 2021 | Fred Baillif | Fiction

    A group of teenage girls have been placed in a residential care home with social workers. This forced “family” experience creates unexpected tensions and intimacies. An incident triggers a chain of over-reactions. The fall-out reveals the weaknesses of the retrograde juvenile system, as well as the demons that haunt “La Mif”. A social drama, mirroring our ill-mannered morals. (Swiss Films)

    Followed by talk with protagonists (FR/DE)
    Moderation: Sandrine Charlot Zinsli

  6. 18:30
    Mis hermanos sueñan despiertos
    Mon 6. Dec

    KOSMOS Tickets

    OVe 85' | Chile 2021 | Claudia Huaiquimilla | Fiction

    Ángel and his younger brother Franco have been incarcerated in a juvenile prison for a year. Despite the difficulties, they have formed a solid group of friends with whom they spend their days sharing dreams of freedom. Everything changes when the arrival of a rebellious young man offers a possible escape: the only door to make those dreams come true. (Locarno Film Festival)

    Presented with the Latin American Center UZH

  7. 20:30
    Rouge
    Mon 6. Dec

    KOSMOS Tickets

    OVe 86' | Frankreich, Belgien 2020 | Farid Bentoumi | Fiction

    Nour has just been hired as a nurse at the chemical plant where her father, a worker's union representative and loyal employee, works. In the midst of the factory's health inspection, a journalist is carrying out an investigation on waste management. These two young women discover little by little that the factory, a pillar of the local economy, is hiding plenty of secrets. Between lies about pollutant emissions, false medical records and accident cover-ups, Nour will have to choose: keep quiet or betray her father to let the truth be heard.(Festival de Cannes)

    Followed by a talk with the Director Farid Bentoumi.
    Moderation: Marcy Goldberg

    Presented with Public Eye

  8. 21:00
    Wet Sand
    Mon 6. Dec

    KOSMOS Tickets

    OVd 115' | Schweiz, Georgien 2021 | Elene Naveriani | Fiction

    A village at the Georgian Black Sea with friendly people believing to know each other. One day, Eliko is found hanged and his granddaughter Moe is called to organise the funeral. She is confronted with a web of lies and the tragic consequences of Eliko’s hidden love life with Amnon over the last twenty-two years. The truth however freed Moe’s capability to love and provokes the villagers to take a stand. (Swiss Films)

    Images: © Maximage Sister distribution

Tue 7. Dec 2021
  1. 10:00
    La mif School screening
    Tue 7. Dec
    Ode 110' | Schweiz 2021 | Fred Baillif | Fiction

    «Ihr sagt, ihr seid für uns da, aber in Wirklichkeit sind wir alleine!» In einem Heim in Genf für Mädchen aus schwierigen familiären Verhältnissen zanken sich die Heimleiter*innen und die jungen Frauen täglich. Auch zwischen den Teenagern knallt es oft, sie beleidigen einander, schreien, schlagen zu und versöhnen sich wieder. Der Filmemacher Fred Baillif, selber ehemaliger Sozialarbeiter, beweist mit seinem zweiten Spielfilm erneut sein grosses Talent in Laien-Schauspielführung und für den gewieften Wechsel zwischen Inszenierung und Improvisation. Über zwei Jahre hat er mit den tatsächlich im Heim wohnhaften Mädchen im Vorfeld gearbeitet und jede einzelne ihre Geschichte erzählen lassen. Eindrücklich verwebt er diese oft von sexualisierter Gewalt geprägten Traumata mit dem emotional intensiven Heim-Alltag in der «Ersatzfamilie». Gleichzeitig entlarvt der Film gravierende Mängel des Schweizerischen Jugendschutzsystems und die Überforderung der Sozialarbeiter*innen. (slb)

    Followed by talk with protagonists (FR/DE)
    Moderation: Sandrine Charlot Zinsli

    Presented with Aux Arts Etc ... and Ambassade de France en Suisse

    Registration for schools until 10.11. at schuleundkultur.zh.ch

    Images: © Joseph Areddy / Stephane Gros

  2. 18:00
    Zinder
    Tue 7. Dec

    KOSMOS Tickets

    OVe 82' | Frankreich, Niger, Deutschland 2021 | Aïcha Macky | Documentary

    In the city of Zinder, Niger, in the heart of the Sahel, young people form gangs to deal with the lack of work and prospects. These groups called “Palais” come from the Kara Kara district, historically home to lepers and outcasts. Zinder-born director and activist Aicha Macky returns to her hometown to tell the story of this disenfranchised youth. She talks with these men, whose bodies and the territory in which they live are profoundly scarred by the violence that has passed through them—a pervasive violence the roots of which go back to the time of colonisation. Among them: Siniya Boy, a member of the “Palais Hitler”, who wants to set up a security company with his fellow bodybuilders; and Bawa, a former Palais leader who turned taxi driver, haunted by memories of the atrocities committed. Their friends live off black market petrol, smuggled from the Nigerian border. Aicha Macky paints a moving portrait of Zinder, which she dedicates to the youth of her country. (Visions du Réel)

    Words of Welcome
    Léo Kaneman, Honorary President HRFF Zurich
    Christine Löw, Representative Director Department of Peace and Human Rights (DPHR), Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA

    PEACE AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE SAHEL (Engl.)
    Many countries in the Sahel region, which stretches from Senegal and Mali across the entire African continent to Sudan and Eritrea, are confronted with poverty, social inequality, high population growth as well as impunity, corruption and human rights violations. In the city of Zinder, in the heart of the Sahel, young Nigeriens organise themselves into gangs to face the lack of prospects. Zinder-born director and activist Aicha Macky returns to tell the story of these young people.
    The Sahel is a priority region of Swiss foreign policy, as stated in the Sub-Saharan Africa Strategy 2021-2024. Switzerland is committed to the protection of fundamental individual rights, compliance with international humanitarian law, including humanitarian access, and civil society freedoms. Through its engagement, Switzerland contributes to the promotion of peace and the resolution of conflicts. It promotes dialogue with and between all actors as well as preventive measures against terrorism, violent extremism and transnational crime.
    Human rights violations or the insufficient guarantee of fundamental freedoms are a sign that peace and security are at risk. How is this reflected in the different countries of the Sahel? How can the basic needs of the population be brought into focus and stability in the region be promoted?

    Participants of the podium:
    - Aicha Macky, Filmmaker, Director of Zinder
    - Marie-Emilie Dozin, Head of Advocacy and Communication for the Global Protection Cluster at UNHCR

    Moderation: Flavia Giorgetta

    Presented with the Federal Department for Foreign Affairs, FDFA

  3. 18:30
    La mif
    Tue 7. Dec

    KOSMOS Tickets

    Ode 110' | Schweiz 2021 | Fred Baillif | Fiction

    A group of teenage girls have been placed in a residential care home with social workers. This forced “family” experience creates unexpected tensions and intimacies. An incident triggers a chain of over-reactions. The fall-out reveals the weaknesses of the retrograde juvenile system, as well as the demons that haunt “La Mif”. A social drama, mirroring our ill-mannered morals. (Swiss Films)

  4. 20:30
    Réveil sur Mars – Wake up on Mars
    Tue 7. Dec

    KOSMOS Tickets

    Odf 74' | Schweiz, Frankreich | Dea Gjinovci | Documentary

    A 10-year-old Roma boy living in Sweden attempts to come to terms with the mysterious Resignation syndrome that has put his two sisters in a coma. The tight-knit family is trying to rebuild a normal life far from their native Kosovo where they were victims of persecution. While their entire future hangs in the balance of a pending asylum request, the little boy dreams of building a spaceship to leave it all behind. (Swiss Films)

    MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES CAUSED BY FLIGHT AND RESIGNATION (Engl.)
    The two girls in Réveil sur Mars are affected by a rare virus: The «resignation syndrom» is triggered by traumatic experience of flight as well as fear of a decision regarding asylum in the arrival country. Following the film, Dea Gjinovci (Director) and Marcos Moyano (Psychologist and Mental Health Advisor at MSF with longtime experience in the treatment of victims in regions affected by war and conflict) enter discussion.

    Moderation: Dana Landau

    Presented with mit Doctors Without Borders

  5. 21:00
    Rouge
    Tue 7. Dec

    KOSMOS Tickets

    OVe 86' | Frankreich, Belgien 2020 | Farid Bentoumi | Fiction

    Nour has just been hired as a nurse at the chemical plant where her father, a worker's union representative and loyal employee, works. In the midst of the factory's health inspection, a journalist is carrying out an investigation on waste management. These two young women discover little by little that the factory, a pillar of the local economy, is hiding plenty of secrets. Between lies about pollutant emissions, false medical records and accident cover-ups, Nour will have to choose: keep quiet or betray her father to let the truth be heard.(Festival de Cannes)