Festival

2022 EDITION
The eighth Human Rights Film Festival Zurich will take place from 1 to 6 December 2022 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.

HISTORY
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

SPECIAL EVENTS

CALL TO ACTION

Get to know organisations that work towards a fair world by positioning themselves socially and sustainably and that invite citizens to participate.
Pass by and discover the various actions, installations & performances at Kosmos.

Do you want to be part of the next edition? Contact the curator at josephine.tedder@humanrightsfilmfestival.ch

Programm 2021 in collaboration with
SOCIAL FABRIC, ARCHITECTURE FOR REFUGEES, FASHION REVOLUTION SCHWEIZ, DATA CAFÉ, ANTONIO SCARPONI / CONCEPTUAL DEVICES, SOS MÉDITERRANÉE SCHWEIZ, SOLINETZ ZÜRICH, NOW YOU SEE ME MORIA, AKTION VIERVIERTEL, EINBÜRGERUNGSGESCHICHTEN.CH

HANGOUT BAR KASHEME

We are lucky to present anew the Kasheme Bar as our official late night hangout with the best cocktails in town.
Grab a seat and lets cheers to the new festival edition.

Address: Neugasse 56, 8005 Zurich

Archive

2022 is the eighth edition of the festival. The film programmes of 2015–2021 can be viewed here.

Program 2021
Thu 2 Dec 2021
  1. 19:00
    Flee
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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)

Program 2020
Thu 3 Dec 2020
  1. 19:00
    Cat in the Wall
    OVe 92' | Bulgarien, UK, Frankreich 2019 | Mina Mileva, Vesela Kazakova | Fiction

    Cat in the Wall tells the true story of how a cat, stuck in a wall, changes the lives of aspirational migrants, benefit fraudsters and gentrified Brexiteers.
    As documentarians, Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova have always been fearless. The duo’s rage permeates their first foray into fiction, Cat in the Wall. An examination of society’s absurdities and unfairness through the eyes of Irina, a single Bulgarian mother whose place in London is challenged in every way, turning her into a metaphoric “cat in the wall”, just like the real one. (Locarno Film Festival)

    Words of Welcome
    Sascha Lara Bleuler, Direktorin HRFF Zurich
    Katharina Morawek, Präsidentin HRFF Zurich
    Kathrin Frey, Filmbeauftragte Stadt Zürich Kultur

    Screening followed by a Q6A with the filmmakers Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova

  2. 20:30
    Exil
    OVe 121' | Deutschland, Belgien, Kosovo 2020 | Visar Morina | Fiction

    First, there’s a dead rat hanging on the door of the house where Xhafer lives with his wife and children. Then the emails he sends are ‘accidentally’ no longer being received. The signs that this pharmaceutical engineer is being bullied and harassed in his workplace are increasing. Even if neither his wife nor his colleagues seem to believe him, this man, who is originally from Kosovo but who has been well integrated for years, feels more and more outcast from his (German) community. Or is he losing touch with reality?
    In his second feature-length film, director Visar Morina dissects the psychological effects of social exclusion and presents them here as an interplay between belonging and alienation. Morina combines subtle images that gradually shift according to his protagonist’s state with meticulous performances from his ensemble, to describe the importance of personality when it comes to integrating into another society, and how quickly cracks can develop in the supposedly firm construct that is identity. (Berlinale 2020)

Fri 4 Dec 2020
  1. 09:30
    Los Lobos – School Screening
    Odf 94' | Mexiko 2019 | Samuel Kishi Leopo | Fiction

    “You are strong wolves. Wolves don´t cry. Wolves bite. They howl. And they protect their home.”

    Eight year old Max and his younger brother Leo don't have much, but they have each other and their mother Lucía. And they share a dream as well: To visit Disneyland one day. The family has recently emigrated to the USA from Mexico, and while Lucía tries to finance their new life by doing odd jobs, the two brothers spend their days in their sparsely furnished one-room flat. The walls of the room, which they are forbidden to leave, become a projection screen for imaginative adventures and open a window on their new life. Director Samuel Kishi Leopo recalls aspects of his own childhood in Los Lobos and resituates them in a currently highly charged context – brutally honest and yet poetic, melancholic and full of hope. (Berlinale 2020)

    Im Anschluss animiertes Gespräch mit Jennifer Niedermann, Moderatorin und Spoken Word Artistin

  2. 10:00
    The Grizzlies – School Screening
    OVd 104' | Kanada 2018 | Miranda de Pencier | Fiction

    In a small Arctic town struggling with the highest suicide rate in North America, a group of Inuit students' lives are transformed when they are introduced to the sport of lacrosse.
    An unflinching and uplifting story of how northern youth transformed a town.
    From the producers of Angry Inuk and Beginners.

    Anschliessendes Filmgespräch mit RFK Human Rights und Andreas Graf, Head of Human Rights & Anti-Discrimination bei der FIFA.
    Die Robert F. Kennedy Stiftung Schweiz hat gemeinsam mit dem Kompetenzzentrum für Menschenrechte der Universität Zürich «Speak Truth To Power» ein facettenreiches Programm zur Menschenrechtsbildung an Schulen entwickelt. Das begleitende Buch kann über info@rfkhumanrights.ch bestellt werden.

  3. 13:30
    And Then We Danced – Schulvorstellung
    OVd 106' | Schweden, Georgien 2019 | Levan Akin | Fiction

    Merab is a dreamy and passionate young dancer, of whom his coach thinks to be a bit too soft: after all, traditional Georgian dancers are supposed to embody strength. Hailing from a family of dancers, Merab has trained with his dance partner Mariam since childhood, and everything seems to develop towards a relationship even beyond the ballroom. One day, when a new dancer appears on the scene, electricity fills the room. The mysterious Irakli’s ability to dominate the characters he dances with precision not only attracts the coach’s attention. While Merab and Irakli compete for a sought-after place in the main ensemble of the Georgian State Ballet, an affection between the two begins to bloom, becoming ever more difficult to supress. AND THEN WE DANCED is a light-hearted narration about yearning, self-realisation and the rebellion of a liberal generation in a conservative and highly homophobic society. (ZFF 2019)

    Im Anschluss animiertes Gespräch mit Tobias Urech (LGBTIQ-Aktivist und Vorstandsmitglied Milchjugend)

  4. 14:00
    Les Hirondelles de Kaboul – School Screening
    Fd 80' | Frankreich, Schweiz 2019 | Zabou Breitman, Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec | Animation

    Summer 1998 – Kabul under Taliban rule. Zunaira and Mohsen are young and in love. Despite the daily violence and misery, they hope for a better future. One day, a foolish gesture causes life to take an irrevocable turn.

    Anschliessendes Filmgespräch mit RFK Human Rights und Farooq Haq, Mitglied der afghanischen Königsfamilie im Exil in der Schweiz.
    Die Robert F. Kennedy Stiftung Schweiz hat gemeinsam mit dem Kompetenzzentrum für Menschenrechte der Universität Zürich «Speak Truth To Power» ein facettenreiches Programm zur Menschenrechtsbildung an Schulen entwickelt. Das begleitende Buch kann über info@rfkhumanrights.ch bestellt werden.

  5. 17:30
    Los Lobos
    Odf 94' | Mexiko 2019 | Samuel Kishi Leopo | Fiction

    “You are strong wolves. Wolves don´t cry. Wolves bite. They howl. And they protect their home.”
    Eight year old Max and his younger brother Leo don't have much, but they have each other and their mother Lucía. And they share a dream as well: To visit Disneyland one day. The family has recently emigrated to the USA from Mexico, and while Lucía tries to finance their new life by doing odd jobs, the two brothers spend their days in their sparsely furnished one-room flat. The walls of the room, which they are forbidden to leave, become a projection screen for imaginative adventures and open a window on their new life. Director Samuel Kishi Leopo recalls aspects of his own childhood in Los Lobos and resituates them in a currently highly charged context – brutally honest and yet poetic, melancholic and full of hope. (Berlinale 2020)

    Welcome remarks
    Leo Kaneman, founder and honorary president HRFF Zurich
    Pietro Mona, Swiss Ambassador for Development, Refugee and Migration

    Education plays a key role in ensuring that migrants, refugees and internally displaced persons have better socio-economic prospects in their destination countries or after their return. Education is a fundamental human right and a catalyst for the creation of a just and peaceful society.
    The panelists and the audience will discuss what can be done to protect the right to education for children with a migration background. The film "Los Lobos" will be presented before.

    Participants of the podium:
    -Michael Anders, Director of Education, City of Zurich
    -Valeria Kunz, Head of Education, Save the Children Switzerland
    -Christine Löw, Director of the UN Women's Liaison Office in Geneva

    Moderation: Dana Landau

  6. 18:15
    Otac/Father
    OVe 120' | Serbien, Frankreich, Deutschland 2020 | Srdan Golubović | Fiction

    After Nikola’s wife has attempted suicide, the casual labourer’s two children are taken away from him and placed with foster parents. A temporary arrangement, it is alleged. However, following an assessment of Nikola’s housing conditions, the head of the social welfare office in their small Serbian village decides that Nikola is too poor to provide an adequate living environment for his children. The reticent Nikola decides to lodge a complaint with the Ministry of Social Affairs in Belgrade. He is determined to cover the 300 kilometres to the capital on foot. In this way, he intends to show the authorities how far he is willing to go for his children – literally.
    Srdan Golubović finds authentic, moving images to tell this tale of inequality. His quiet but resilient protagonist explores not only the country, but also the boundaries between right and wrong. Resolved not to give in to his mounting desperation, this tenacious father embarks on a heroic journey that redefines the word hero. (Berlinale 2020)

  7. 20:30
    Made in Bangladesh
    OVe 95' | Bangladesch, Dänemark, Frankreich 2019 | Rubaiyat Hossain | Spielfilm

    Shimu, 23, works in a garment factory on the outskirts of Dhaka. Faced with increasingly harsh working conditions, she decides to form a trade union. Regardless of the management's threats and disagreement of the husbands: together, the female workers decide to go through with it. The young director Rubaiyat Hossain accurately depicts both the difficult conditions in which our clothes are made and the boundless courage of these women. Based on a true story, the film is carried by admirable performances. (FIFDH 2020)

    FAST FASHION: RESPONSIBILITY FOR FASHION LABELS AND CONSUMERS (Panel in German)

    Panelists: Simone Wasmann (Solidar Suisse) and Elisabeth Schenk (Public Eye)
    Moderation: Marcy Goldberg

    Co-presented byPublic Eye, Solidar Suisse and International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights, Geneva

  8. 21:00
    Cat in the Wall
    OVe 92' | Bulgarien, UK, Frankreich 2019 | Mina Mileva, Vesela Kazakova | Fiction

    Cat in the Wall tells the true story of how a cat, stuck in a wall, changes the lives of aspirational migrants, benefit fraudsters and gentrified Brexiteers.
    As documentarians, Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova have always been fearless. The duo’s rage permeates their first foray into fiction, Cat in the Wall. An examination of society’s absurdities and unfairness through the eyes of Irina, a single Bulgarian mother whose place in London is challenged in every way, turning her into a metaphoric “cat in the wall”, just like the real one. (Locarno Film Festival)

Sat 5 Dec 2020
  1. 11:00
    Made in Bangladesh
    OVe 95' | Bangladesch, Dänemark, Frankreich 2019 | Rubaiyat Hossain | Spielfilm

    Shimu, 23, works in a garment factory on the outskirts of Dhaka. Faced with increasingly harsh working conditions, she decides to form a trade union. Regardless of the management's threats and disagreement of the husbands: together, the female workers decide to go through with it. The young director Rubaiyat Hossain accurately depicts both the difficult conditions in which our clothes are made and the boundless courage of these women. Based on a true story, the film is carried by admirable performances. (FIFDH 2020)

  2. 11:30
    A Thousand Cuts
    OVe 110' | USA 2020 | Ramona S. Diaz | Doc

    In 2016, outsider candidate Rodrigo Duterte upset the political establishment in the Philippines by winning the presidency and promising vengeance and violence. Within hours of taking office, bodies piled up in the streets. Rappler, the country’s top online news site, investigated the murders and revealed a government-sanctioned drug war targeting poor addicts instead of lucrative dealers. In an attempt to suppress independent reporting, Duterte unleashed a powerful disinformation campaign that spread like wildfire throughout social media.
    Filmmaker Ramona S. Diaz follows key players from two sides of an increasingly dangerous war between press and government. Representing the journalists is fearless Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, who, despite arrests and harassment, continues to publish articles holding a lawless regime accountable. On the other side, influencers such as pop-star-turned-government-secretary Mocha Uson start incendiary social media movements and General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa spearheads a public execution campaign against addicts. As each side digs in, we become witness to an epic and ongoing fight for the integrity of human life and truth itself—a conflict that extends beyond the Philippines into our own divisive backyard. (Sundance 2020)

    PHILIPPINES: DEMOCRACY IN DANER

    Skype Talk with Carlos Conde, Philippines Expert of Human Rights Watch
    Moderation: Annette Hug, author and translator of Philippines Literature

    Präsentiert mit Human Rights Watch und Reportagen

  3. 13:00
    Otac/Father
    OVe 120' | Serbien, Frankreich, Deutschland 2020 | Srdan Golubović | Fiction

    After Nikola’s wife has attempted suicide, the casual labourer’s two children are taken away from him and placed with foster parents. A temporary arrangement, it is alleged. However, following an assessment of Nikola’s housing conditions, the head of the social welfare office in their small Serbian village decides that Nikola is too poor to provide an adequate living environment for his children. The reticent Nikola decides to lodge a complaint with the Ministry of Social Affairs in Belgrade. He is determined to cover the 300 kilometres to the capital on foot. In this way, he intends to show the authorities how far he is willing to go for his children – literally.
    Srdan Golubović finds authentic, moving images to tell this tale of inequality. His quiet but resilient protagonist explores not only the country, but also the boundaries between right and wrong. Resolved not to give in to his mounting desperation, this tenacious father embarks on a heroic journey that redefines the word hero. (Berlinale 2020)

  4. 14:45
    Exil
    OVe 121' | Deutschland, Belgien, Kosovo 2020 | Visar Morina | Fiction

    First, there’s a dead rat hanging on the door of the house where Xhafer lives with his wife and children. Then the emails he sends are ‘accidentally’ no longer being received. The signs that this pharmaceutical engineer is being bullied and harassed in his workplace are increasing. Even if neither his wife nor his colleagues seem to believe him, this man, who is originally from Kosovo but who has been well integrated for years, feels more and more outcast from his (German) community. Or is he losing touch with reality?
    In his second feature-length film, director Visar Morina dissects the psychological effects of social exclusion and presents them here as an interplay between belonging and alienation. Morina combines subtle images that gradually shift according to his protagonist’s state with meticulous performances from his ensemble, to describe the importance of personality when it comes to integrating into another society, and how quickly cracks can develop in the supposedly firm construct that is identity. (Berlinale 2020)

  5. 15:45
    Days of Cannibalism
    OVe 78' | Frankreich, Südafrika, Niederlande 2020 | Teboho Edkins | Doc

    Days of Cannibalism accounts the social impact of a completely different economic model on a traditional society. When Chinese entrepreneurs arrive in Lesotho, in the district of Thaba Tseka, everything changes. Old structures begin to disintegrate, and latent violence threatens to explode. What is it going to be: to eat or to be eaten? (Visions du Reel 2020)

    Followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker Teboho Edkins (Engl.)
    Moderation: Josephine Tedder

  6. 17:30
    The Cave
    OVe 106' | Dänemark, Deutschland, Katar 2019 | Feras Fayyad | Doc

    In the besieged Syrian city of Ghutta, which suffered the worst chemical attack recorded in the last 25 years, the inhabitants have built a makeshift hospital in the cavernous depths of the earth. As the conflict rages on, pediatrician Amani Ballour tries to do her job, despite some patients refusing to be treated by a woman. Above all, it is about saving lives, comforting people, obtaining medicines, feeding staff and the patients. After winning an Oscar for Last Men in Aleppo, Feras Fayyad returns to the FIFDH with this documentary, also nominated for the Oscar. (FIFDH 2020)

    MEDICAL ORDER WITHIN THE CHAOS OF WAR (Engl.)
    Panel with the filmmaker Feras Fayyad and Imad Aoun, Communications & Advocacy Adviser of MSF Switzerland.
    Moderation: Rafaela Roth (Journalist NZZ am Sonntag)
    Co-presented by Médecins Sans Frontières

    The Cave ist the winner of the Prix Célestine awarded by Interfilm Schweiz.

  7. 18:00
    Lovemobil
    OVe 106' | Deutschland 2019 | Elke Margarete Lehrenkrauss | Doc

    When night falls in rural Germany, old VW-caravans decorated with flashy lights line the highway roads which lead through potato fields and dark forests. Inside these buses prostitutes from Eastern Europe and Africa await their clients who are passing by. The film portrays these women who came from far away in search for money and a better life. Until one day, in the ghostly atmosphere, a murder of one of the sex workers happens and shakes up the whole scene causing everybody to take action. A film about a microcosm that describes a society at the outer edge of globalized capitalism. (Locarno 2019)

    SEX FOR SALE: SEXWORKERS BETWEEN SELF-DETERMINATION AND PRECARIATE (Panel in German)

    Panelists:
    Filmmaker Elke Lehrenkrauss
    Lelia Hunziker (Geschäftsführerin FIZ – Fachstelle Frauenhandel und Frauenmigration).
    Moderation: Noëmi Landolt (Journalistin WOZ)

  8. 20:30
    17 Blocks
    E 98' | USA 2019 | Davy Rothbart | Doc

    In 1999, nine-year-old Emmanuel Sanford-Durant and his family began filming their daily lives in America’s most dangerous neighbourhood — just 17 blocks behind the U.S. Capitol. They’ve been filming ever since. Made in a unique collaboration with filmmaker and journalist Davy Rothbart, and spanning two decades, 17 BLOCKS illuminates a nation’s ongoing crisis through one family’s raw, stirring, and deeply personal saga.

    RACISM AND CLASSISM (Panel in German & English)
    Panelists:
    Fork Burke, poet
    Tarek Naguib, lawyer and activist
    Moderation: Mandy Abou Shoak

    Co-presented by Black Film Festival Zurich

  9. 21:00
    «How Does it Feel?» Concert by Soya the Cow
    D 60' | Berlin | Daniel Hellmann | Concert

    Soya ist die erste sex-positive, feministische, vegane Drag-Kuh der Welt. Singend, tanzend, muhend und sprechend kämpft sie für die Befreiung von allen. Sie sprengt die Grenzen von Gender und Spezies und steht ein für eine Welt voller Freude und Mitgefühl.
    Für ihre Performance am Human Rights Film Festival Zurich kombiniert Soya Elektropop-Songs aus der Perspektive einer Milchkuh mit persönlich-menschlichen Geschichten und Träumen. Wie würde unser Leben aussehen, wenn wir damit aufhörten, andere in Stücke zu schneiden? Können wir frei sein, wenn nicht alle frei sind? Soyas Musik bewegt, regt zum Denken an und rüttelt am Selbstbild, welches den Menschen stets ins Zentrum stellt.

  10. 21:00
    The Earth Is Blue as an Orange
    OVe 74' | Ukraine, Litauen 2020 | Iryna Tsilyk | Doc

    “War is when some people shoot. And other people shoot the people who shot first. When they start to shoot, mum wakes us up and we go to the corridor. And when they stop, we go back to sleep.”
    Outside, the streets echo with the sound of gunfire and exploding grenades. Inside their house, four siblings, together with their mother, cats and turtle, attempt to maintain some semblance of peace and normality in their everyday lives. War has been raging in Ukraine’s Donbas for five years. Nastja says it has made her easily irritable and angry. Her sister Myroslava, who dreams of studying cinematography, remarks that war is like a void. To fight back against the black hole, she decides to make a film, one about her family’s life in wartime, about the fears and small joys. Director Iryna Tsilyk observes everyday life under the shadow of war and one family’s collective creative response in a testament to resilience and the power of cinema. (Berlinale 2020)

    Followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker Iryna Tsilyk
    Moderation: Aline Juchler

Sun 6 Dec 2020
  1. 11:00
    I am Greta
    Odf 102' | Schweden 2020 | Nathan Grossman | Doc

    Activist Greta Thunberg began making the international news in 2018, with her Friday climate strikes. While this film documents the fearless Swedish teen's meteoric rise and how much her efforts have affected and inspired people around the world, it also captures the moments of her daily life and considers her detractors and their attacks on her Asperger’s Syndrome. Arriving at a time of global crisis—when the portents of a pandemic, wildfires, hurricanes, and other climate change evidence are undeniable—the film has an urgency we cannot ignore.

    HOW DOES THE WORK FOR CLIMATE CHANGE THROUGH THE NEW CLIMATE MOVEMENT? (in German)
    Talk with Greenpeace Switzerland

    Co-presented by Greenpeace Schweiz und Film Festival Diritti Umani Lugano

  2. 11:30
    Los Lobos
    Odf 94' | Mexiko 2019 | Samuel Kishi Leopo | Fiction

    “You are strong wolves. Wolves don´t cry. Wolves bite. They howl. And they protect their home.”
    Eight year old Max and his younger brother Leo don't have much, but they have each other and their mother Lucía. And they share a dream as well: To visit Disneyland one day. The family has recently emigrated to the USA from Mexico, and while Lucía tries to finance their new life by doing odd jobs, the two brothers spend their days in their sparsely furnished one-room flat. The walls of the room, which they are forbidden to leave, become a projection screen for imaginative adventures and open a window on their new life. Director Samuel Kishi Leopo recalls aspects of his own childhood in Los Lobos and resituates them in a currently highly charged context – brutally honest and yet poetic, melancholic and full of hope. (Berlinale 2020)

  3. 13:30
    Reunited
    OVe 78' | Dänemark 2020 | Mira Jargil | Doc

    Fleeing war-torn Syria, two doctors and their children have to face extremely painful consequences and choices. The intricacies and the hypocrisies of bureaucracy split the family apart. The kids, still underage, are stuck in Turkey. The father is shipped off to Canada while the mother struggles in Denmark trying to get her children to join her. A film as moving as necessary. (Visions du Reel 2020)

    WAITING FOR ASYLUM – PERSPECTIVES ON LEGAL AND EVERYDAY CHALLENGES OF REFUGEES IN SWITZERLAND (Panel in German)

    Panelists: Stephanie Motz, Asylum Lawyer and Malek Ossi, activist Autonomen Schule Zürich and student for social work.

    Moderation: Nicola Diday

  4. 14:00
    Days of Cannibalism
    OVe 78' | Frankreich, Südafrika, Niederlande 2020 | Teboho Edkins | Doc

    Days of Cannibalism accounts the social impact of a completely different economic model on a traditional society. When Chinese entrepreneurs arrive in Lesotho, in the district of Thaba Tseka, everything changes. Old structures begin to disintegrate, and latent violence threatens to explode. What is it going to be: to eat or to be eaten? (Visions du Reel 2020)

  5. 15:45
    17 Blocks
    E 98' | USA 2019 | Davy Rothbart | Doc

    In 1999, nine-year-old Emmanuel Sanford-Durant and his family began filming their daily lives in America’s most dangerous neighbourhood — just 17 blocks behind the U.S. Capitol. They’ve been filming ever since. Made in a unique collaboration with filmmaker and journalist Davy Rothbart, and spanning two decades, 17 BLOCKS illuminates a nation’s ongoing crisis through one family’s raw, stirring, and deeply personal saga.

  6. 16:15
    Lovemobil
    OVe 106' | Deutschland 2019 | Elke Margarete Lehrenkrauss | Doc

    When night falls in rural Germany, old VW-caravans decorated with flashy lights line the highway roads which lead through potato fields and dark forests. Inside these buses prostitutes from Eastern Europe and Africa await their clients who are passing by. The film portrays these women who came from far away in search for money and a better life. Until one day, in the ghostly atmosphere, a murder of one of the sex workers happens and shakes up the whole scene causing everybody to take action. A film about a microcosm that describes a society at the outer edge of globalized capitalism. (Locarno 2019)

  7. 18:00
    I Owe You a Letter About Brazil
    OVe 90' | Brasilien 2020 | Carol Benjamin | Doc

    Brazil, 1971, César Benjamin is 17 years old. After a student demonstration, he is tortured and sentenced to 13 years in prison. Thanks to a campaign led by his mother Iramaya and backed by Amnesty International, the teenager is released after 5 years in solitary confinement. Exiled in Sweden, César will never speak of this tragedy, just as the fiery Iramaya becomes the figurehead of "Mother Courage" in Brazil. In the form of a moving letter to her father, who refused to appear in the film, Carol Benjamin uses video archives and letters to reconstruct the pieces of a family puzzle and a tragedy that is also one of a whole country. Her film letter pits words against the silence, memory against oblivion, but is above all a love letter to a father and his courage. (FIFDH 2020)

    SAVING DEMOCRACY IN BRAZIL: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE?

    Panel with the filmmaker Carol Benjamin and Lisa Salza from Amnesty International.

    Co-presented by Amnesty International Schweiz, International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights and Latin American Center UZH

  8. 18:30
    A Thousand Cuts
    OVe 110' | USA 2020 | Ramona S. Diaz | Doc

    In 2016, outsider candidate Rodrigo Duterte upset the political establishment in the Philippines by winning the presidency and promising vengeance and violence. Within hours of taking office, bodies piled up in the streets. Rappler, the country’s top online news site, investigated the murders and revealed a government-sanctioned drug war targeting poor addicts instead of lucrative dealers. In an attempt to suppress independent reporting, Duterte unleashed a powerful disinformation campaign that spread like wildfire throughout social media.
    Filmmaker Ramona S. Diaz follows key players from two sides of an increasingly dangerous war between press and government. Representing the journalists is fearless Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, who, despite arrests and harassment, continues to publish articles holding a lawless regime accountable. On the other side, influencers such as pop-star-turned-government-secretary Mocha Uson start incendiary social media movements and General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa spearheads a public execution campaign against addicts. As each side digs in, we become witness to an epic and ongoing fight for the integrity of human life and truth itself—a conflict that extends beyond the Philippines into our own divisive backyard. (Sundance 2020)

  9. 20:30
    iHUMAN
    OVe 99' | Norwegen 2019 | Tonje Hessen Schei | Doc

    One of the major challenges of our times is how the global community is going to deal with artificial intelligence (AI). Who will control this technology? Has the train left the station, never to be stopped? What sort of society do we want to create and live in? Who knows the destination we are heading to?
    With great access to influential voices on this subject, iHuman presents a wide range of views, from tech optimism in Jurgen Schmidhuber “the father of AI,” to more cautious voices like technology journalist Kara Swisher and human rights lawyer Philip Alston. Animated computer graphics visualize a polymorphous, self-developing structure with ever-greater autonomy guiding us forward.
    AI can infinitely increase our potential for great good but it is already capable of contributing towards total surveillance states and a distortion of truth. AI development is hurtling forward with tech companies affiliated to the defence industry and algorithms in law enforcement enhancing existing biases. Will we allow the use of such powerful technology to open an unchecked Pandora’s Box dictating our future? (IDFA 2019)

    ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: CURSE OR BLESSING? (Panel in German)

    Talk with Sanija Ameti, Senior Advisor ICT4Peace and Sophie Charlotte Fischer from the Center for Security Studies at ETH Zurich about the dangers and potential of artificial intelligence.

    Moderation: Marguerite Meyer

    Co-presented by ICT4Peace Foundation, ETH for Development and the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights, Geneva

  10. 21:00
    The Cave
    OVe 106' | Dänemark, Deutschland, Katar 2019 | Feras Fayyad | Doc

    In the besieged Syrian city of Ghutta, which suffered the worst chemical attack recorded in the last 25 years, the inhabitants have built a makeshift hospital in the cavernous depths of the earth. As the conflict rages on, pediatrician Amani Ballour tries to do her job, despite some patients refusing to be treated by a woman. Above all, it is about saving lives, comforting people, obtaining medicines, feeding staff and the patients. After winning an Oscar for Last Men in Aleppo, Feras Fayyad returns to the FIFDH with this documentary, also nominated for the Oscar. (FIFDH 2020)

Mon 7 Dec 2020
  1. 09:30
    The Grizzlies – School Screening
    OVd 104' | Kanada 2018 | Miranda de Pencier | Fiction

    In a small Arctic town struggling with the highest suicide rate in North America, a group of Inuit students' lives are transformed when they are introduced to the sport of lacrosse.
    An unflinching and uplifting story of how northern youth transformed a town.
    From the producers of Angry Inuk and Beginners.

    Anschliessendes Filmgespräch mit RFK Human Rights und Andreas Graf, Head of Human Rights & Anti-Discrimination bei der FIFA.
    Die Robert F. Kennedy Stiftung Schweiz hat gemeinsam mit dem Kompetenzzentrum für Menschenrechte der Universität Zürich «Speak Truth To Power» ein facettenreiches Programm zur Menschenrechtsbildung an Schulen entwickelt. Das begleitende Buch kann über info@rfkhumanrights.ch bestellt werden.

  2. 13:30
    Les Hirondelles de Kaboul – School Screening
    Fd 80' | Frankreich, Schweiz 2019 | Zabou Breitman, Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec | Animation

    Summer 1998 – Kabul under Taliban rule. Zunaira and Mohsen are young and in love. Despite the daily violence and misery, they hope for a better future. One day, a foolish gesture causes life to take an irrevocable turn.

    Anschliessendes Filmgespräch mit RFK Human Rights und Farooq Haq, Mitglied der afghanischen Königsfamilie im Exil in der Schweiz.
    Die Robert F. Kennedy Stiftung Schweiz hat gemeinsam mit dem Kompetenzzentrum für Menschenrechte der Universität Zürich «Speak Truth To Power» ein facettenreiches Programm zur Menschenrechtsbildung an Schulen entwickelt. Das begleitende Buch kann über info@rfkhumanrights.ch bestellt werden.

  3. 14:00
    And Then We Danced – Schulvorstellung
    OVd 106' | Schweden, Georgien 2019 | Levan Akin | Fiction

    Merab is a dreamy and passionate young dancer, of whom his coach thinks to be a bit too soft: after all, traditional Georgian dancers are supposed to embody strength. Hailing from a family of dancers, Merab has trained with his dance partner Mariam since childhood, and everything seems to develop towards a relationship even beyond the ballroom. One day, when a new dancer appears on the scene, electricity fills the room. The mysterious Irakli’s ability to dominate the characters he dances with precision not only attracts the coach’s attention. While Merab and Irakli compete for a sought-after place in the main ensemble of the Georgian State Ballet, an affection between the two begins to bloom, becoming ever more difficult to supress. AND THEN WE DANCED is a light-hearted narration about yearning, self-realisation and the rebellion of a liberal generation in a conservative and highly homophobic society. (ZFF 2019)

    Im Anschluss animiertes Gespräch mit Tobias Urech (LGBTIQ-Aktivist und Vorstandsmitglied Milchjugend)

  4. 18:00
    ACASA, MY HOME
    OVe 86' | Rumänien 2020 | Radu Ciorniciuc | Doc

    For two decades, the Enache family—nine kids and their parents—lived in a shack in the wilderness of Bucharest Delta: an abandoned water reservoir, one of the biggest urban natural reservations in the world, with lakes and hundreds of species of animals and rare plants. When the authorities decide to claim back this rare urban ecosystem, the Enache family is evicted and told to resettle in the city—a reality they know nothing about. Kids that used to spend their days in nature have to learn about city life, go to school instead of swimming in the lake, and swap their fishing rods for mobile phones. Their identity has been questioned and transformed, along with their sense of freedom and family ties.
    Radu Ciorniciuc’s heartbreaking debut is a thoughtful study of gentrification, seen through the eyes of a family trying to adapt to the new life they never asked for. Is it better to go back to their “paradise lost,” with its life free yet harsh, or to become part of the society that offers comforts but comes with pressures and conflict? (Sundance 2019)

    KOSMOPOLITICS (STREAMING) 8pm
    URBAN LIVING, URBAN DREAMS – WHO OWNS OUR CITY? (Panel in German)
    Panelists: Monika Streule (Stadtethnologin Departement Architektur ETH), Felix Bosshard (Präsident Gemeinnützige Bau- und Mietergenossenschaft Zürich) and Anna Schindler (Direktorin Stadtentwicklung, Stadt Zürich)

    Moderation: Rahel Bains (Journalistin Tsüri.ch)

    Co-presented by Tsüri.ch

  5. 18:30
    The Earth Is Blue as an Orange
    OVe 74' | Ukraine, Litauen 2020 | Iryna Tsilyk | Doc

    “War is when some people shoot. And other people shoot the people who shot first. When they start to shoot, mum wakes us up and we go to the corridor. And when they stop, we go back to sleep.”
    Outside, the streets echo with the sound of gunfire and exploding grenades. Inside their house, four siblings, together with their mother, cats and turtle, attempt to maintain some semblance of peace and normality in their everyday lives. War has been raging in Ukraine’s Donbas for five years. Nastja says it has made her easily irritable and angry. Her sister Myroslava, who dreams of studying cinematography, remarks that war is like a void. To fight back against the black hole, she decides to make a film, one about her family’s life in wartime, about the fears and small joys. Director Iryna Tsilyk observes everyday life under the shadow of war and one family’s collective creative response in a testament to resilience and the power of cinema. (Berlinale 2020)

  6. 20:30
    DAS NEUE EVANGELIUM
    Odf 107' | Deutschland, Schweiz 2020 | Milo Rau | Hybrid Doc

    What would Jesus preach in the 21st century? Who would his apostles be? The filmmaker and his team return to the origins of the gospel and stage it as a passion play for an entire population. Together with Yvan Sagnet, a former farm worker and activist from Cameroon, Milo Rau creates a new gospel for the 21st century: A manifesto of solidarity for the poorest, a cinematic uprising for a fairer, more humane world.

    Followed by a Q&A with guests.
    Moderation: Katharina Morawek, president HRFF Zurich

  7. 21:00
    I Owe You a Letter About Brazil
    OVe 90' | Brasilien 2020 | Carol Benjamin | Doc

    Brazil, 1971, César Benjamin is 17 years old. After a student demonstration, he is tortured and sentenced to 13 years in prison. Thanks to a campaign led by his mother Iramaya and backed by Amnesty International, the teenager is released after 5 years in solitary confinement. Exiled in Sweden, César will never speak of this tragedy, just as the fiery Iramaya becomes the figurehead of "Mother Courage" in Brazil. In the form of a moving letter to her father, who refused to appear in the film, Carol Benjamin uses video archives and letters to reconstruct the pieces of a family puzzle and a tragedy that is also one of a whole country. Her film letter pits words against the silence, memory against oblivion, but is above all a love letter to a father and his courage. (FIFDH 2020)

Tue 8 Dec 2020
  1. 13:30
    Los Lobos – School Screening
    Odf 94' | Mexiko 2019 | Samuel Kishi Leopo | Fiction

    “You are strong wolves. Wolves don´t cry. Wolves bite. They howl. And they protect their home.”

    Eight year old Max and his younger brother Leo don't have much, but they have each other and their mother Lucía. And they share a dream as well: To visit Disneyland one day. The family has recently emigrated to the USA from Mexico, and while Lucía tries to finance their new life by doing odd jobs, the two brothers spend their days in their sparsely furnished one-room flat. The walls of the room, which they are forbidden to leave, become a projection screen for imaginative adventures and open a window on their new life. Director Samuel Kishi Leopo recalls aspects of his own childhood in Los Lobos and resituates them in a currently highly charged context – brutally honest and yet poetic, melancholic and full of hope. (Berlinale 2020)

    Im Anschluss animiertes Gespräch mit Jennifer Niedermann, Moderatorin und Spoken Word Artistin

  2. 18:00
    DAS NEUE EVANGELIUM
    Odf 107' | Deutschland, Schweiz 2020 | Milo Rau | Hybrid Doc

    What would Jesus preach in the 21st century? Who would his apostles be? The filmmaker and his team return to the origins of the gospel and stage it as a passion play for an entire population. Together with Yvan Sagnet, a former farm worker and activist from Cameroon, Milo Rau creates a new gospel for the 21st century: A manifesto of solidarity for the poorest, a cinematic uprising for a fairer, more humane world.

  3. 18:30
    Reunited
    OVe 78' | Dänemark 2020 | Mira Jargil | Doc

    Fleeing war-torn Syria, two doctors and their children have to face extremely painful consequences and choices. The intricacies and the hypocrisies of bureaucracy split the family apart. The kids, still underage, are stuck in Turkey. The father is shipped off to Canada while the mother struggles in Denmark trying to get her children to join her. A film as moving as necessary. (Visions du Reel 2020)

  4. 20:30
    Yalda – Closing Night
    OVd 89' | Massoud Bakhshi | Frankreich, Deutschland, Schweiz, Iran | Massoud Bakhshi | | Spielfilm

    In modern Iran, Maryam, 22, accidentally kills her husband, Nasser, 65. She is sentenced to death. The only person who can save her is Nasser's daughter Mona, born of a previous marriage. All it would take is for Mona to agree to appear on a TV reality show and forgive Maryam in front of millions of viewers. But forgiveness proves hard to come by once the truth about the past resurfaces... A rare and unusual Iranian film, which skillfully portrays showbiz society. (FIFDH 2020)

    Followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker Massoud Bakhshi
    Moderation: Jasmin Basic (FIFDH, Geneva)

    Co-presented by the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights, Geneva

  5. 21:00
    ACASA, MY HOME
    OVe 86' | Rumänien 2020 | Radu Ciorniciuc | Doc

    For two decades, the Enache family—nine kids and their parents—lived in a shack in the wilderness of Bucharest Delta: an abandoned water reservoir, one of the biggest urban natural reservations in the world, with lakes and hundreds of species of animals and rare plants. When the authorities decide to claim back this rare urban ecosystem, the Enache family is evicted and told to resettle in the city—a reality they know nothing about. Kids that used to spend their days in nature have to learn about city life, go to school instead of swimming in the lake, and swap their fishing rods for mobile phones. Their identity has been questioned and transformed, along with their sense of freedom and family ties.
    Radu Ciorniciuc’s heartbreaking debut is a thoughtful study of gentrification, seen through the eyes of a family trying to adapt to the new life they never asked for. Is it better to go back to their “paradise lost,” with its life free yet harsh, or to become part of the society that offers comforts but comes with pressures and conflict? (Sundance 2019)

Program 2019
Thu 5 Dec 2019
  1. 19:00
    Gods of Molenbeek
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 | Switzerland 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
    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
    OVd 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
    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
    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
    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
    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?
    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
    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
    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
    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
    OVd 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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?
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 grante