The seventh Human Rights Film Festival Zurich will take place from 2 to 7 December 2021 at Kino Kosmos in Zurich. Over six days, we will show artistically strong films that explore human rights issues – avoiding stereotypes or moralistic finger-pointing. Afterwards there will be discussions with directors, protagonists and experts. In this way, what we have seen can be placed in a larger context. We believe in the power of cinema as an art form and in the film festival as a meeting place for people who want to deal with a complex world.
Born in 2015, the Human Rights Film Festival Zurich takes place every year on the occasion of the International Day of Human Rights on 10th December. We show feature-length documentaries and fiction films. The programme reflects a variety of human rights themes in different geographic and social contexts. We present compelling films that combine a convincing artistic language with the exploration of pressing human rights issues. Topics include flight and migration, the war in Syria, women’s rights, LGBTI-rights, responsibilities of multinationals as well as the relation between resources, energy and human rights. Panel discussions after the screenings widen the scope of the programme and offer the possibility to contextualize and discuss the films. The festival thus offers a platform for passionate dialogue between films and human rights.
Sascha Lara Bleuler, Director Human Rights Film Festival Zurich