Human Rights Film Festival Zurich
Programmübersicht
Wed 5. Dec 2018
  1. 18:30
    Los Versos del Olvido
    Wed 5. Dec

    Tickets: Kosmos

    OV/e 94' | Germany, Chile, France 2017 | Alireza Khatami | Fiction

    When an amnesiac graveyard guard stumbles upon the body of a woman killed at a protest, he embarks on a long journey to find her name and bury her properly. In this film, deeply imbued with magical realism, Khatami skillfully weaves the collective memories of Iran and Chile, through a fable that is both universal and deeply intimate. (FIFDH Geneva)

    WORDS OF WELCOME
    Sascha Lara Bleuler, Director HRFF Zurich
    Leo Kaneman, President HRFF Zurich
    Jacqueline Fehr, Justice Minister Canton Zurich
    Guest of Honour Barbara Hendricks, human rights activist and singer

    Talk with the protagonist Juan Margallo (Spanish/ German)
    MODERATION: Norma Giannetta

Thu 6. Dec 2018
  1. 09:30
    Beyond Dreams – School Screening
    Thu 6. Dec

    School screening
    Kosmos

    OV/d 90' | Sweden 2017 | Rojda Sekersöz | Fiction

    A gang's friendship and dreams are put to the test when Mirja comes out of prison intent on breaking with the past and embarking on a new life. Her choice is between being loyal to her sick mother and younger sister, or standing by the friends who truly were her family.
    Beyond Dreams is about who you are expected to be and who you want to be, both in your chosen group and society beyond. A humorous and refreshing film about young women's rebellion.

    Followed by a talk with Librada Paz, mexican-american human rights activist (Engl.)
    MODERATION: Christoph Karlo

    Presented with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation Switzerland

  2. 09:30
    Easy Lessons – Schulvorstellung
    Thu 6. Dec

    School screening only
    Riffraff

    OV/d 78' | Hungary 2018 | Dorottya Zurbó | Doc

    Kafiya, a young girl on the brink of adulthood, has to leave behind a lot of what defined her Somalian life as she tries to adapt to her new existence in Hungary. As the family’s cultural values and taboos start to fall apart, Kafia tries to explain and make sense of all these changes to her mother left behind. (Locarno FF)

    Followed by a talk with filmmaker Dorottya Zurbó and protagonist Kafiya Said Mahdi (Engl.).
    MODERATION: Aline Juchler

  3. 13:30
    A Voix Haute – School Screening
    Thu 6. Dec

    School screening
    Kosmos

    OV/d 99' | France 2017 | Ladj Ly, Stéphane de Freitas | Doc

    Leïla, Elhadj und Eddy are French students at the university of Saint-Denis, who all wish to exceed in rhetorics and participate in the infamous competition “Eloquentia”, in which the best rhetorician is chosen. The adolescents of different cultural background learn that good language technique can grant power. They are advised by lawyers, slam poets and directors on how to improve their performance skills and take on the challenge of speaking up and standing in for their opinion in public.

    Followed by a talk with Librada Paz, mexican-american human rights activist (Engl.)
    MODERATION: Christoph Karlo

    Presented with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation Switzerland

  4. 13:30
    In My Room – School Screening
    Thu 6. Dec

    School screening only
    Riffraff

    OV/d 68' | Israel 2017 | Ayelet Albenda | Doc

    In My Room is a coming-of-age story about six teenagers, told entirely through home videos they have shot and uploaded to YouTube. These are their video diaries. For years, the camera is pointed towards them and into their rooms. It allows us to be present during their most fragile, painful, confusing and amusing phases of growing up, trying to become the people they dream of being. (Docaviv FF)

    Followed by a talk with Transgender Netzwerk Switzerland
    MODERATION: Anna Rosenwasser (LOS, Lesbenorganisation Schweiz)

  5. 18:00
    In My Room
    Thu 6. Dec

    Tickets: Riffraff

    OV/e 68' | Israel 2017 | Ayelet Albenda | Doc

    In My Room is a coming-of-age story about six teenagers, told entirely through home videos they have shot and uploaded to Youtube. These are their video diaries. For years, the camera is pointed towards them and into their rooms. It allows us to be present during their most fragile, painful, confusing and amusing phases of growing up, trying to become the people they dream of being. (Docaviv FF)

    SEARCH FOR IDENTITY ON LIVE CAMERA
    Talk with Lukas Neuenschwander (Board Member Transgender Netzwerk Switzerland) and Alexander Robert Herren (Activist Milchjugend) on the search for identity. To be more precise: Why are we so vehement about the binary gender categories and what does this mean for young generations who are not able to identify with such category or who wish to break the barriers or masculinity and feminity? What meaning does the internet have for those who shake up norms of society?
    Moderated by Anna Rosenwasser (Director LOS, Lesbenorganisation Schweiz)

    Presented with Transgender Network Switzerland

  6. 18:00
    Naila and the Uprising
    Thu 6. Dec

    Tickets: Kosmos

    OV/e 75' | USA, Palestine 2017 | Julia Bacha | Doc

    When the 1987 revolt breaks out in Gaza, Naila Ayesh is faced with saving her love, her family or her freedom. Imperturbable, she joins a clandestine network of women who will endeavour to make the world recognize the self-determination of Palestine. Julia Bacha chronicles the remarkable career of this Palestinian activist and the most vibrant nonviolent mobilization in the history of the country. (FIFDH Geneva)

    SEPERATE EVENT
    BIG DEBATE AT FORUM KOSMOS, 19h30
    ISRAELI AND PALESTINIAN WOMEN FOR PEACE (Engl.) Panel discussion with the Israeli women rights activist Tal Cohen (Women Wage Peace) and the Palestinian activist Amira Musallem (Holy Land Trust) on the important role women peace movements play in the Middle East conflict – historically as well as today.
    MODERATION: Dana Landau
    Presented with cfd - Der feministische Friedensdienst and JCall Switzerland

  7. 20:30
    The Rape of Recy Taylor
    Thu 6. Dec

    Tickets: Riffraff

    OV/e 92' | USA 2017 | Nancy Buirsky | Doc

    Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Common in Jim Crow South, few women spoke up in fear for their lives. Not Recy Taylor, who bravely identified her rapists. The NAACP sent its chief rape investigator Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice. The film exposes a legacy of physical abuse of black women and reveals Rosa Parks’ intimate role in Recy Taylor’s story. (Venice FF)

    BLACK WOMEN’S LIVES MATTER TOO (Engl.)
    Talk with Yvonne Apiyo Brändle-Amolo (Activist Feministischer Salon) on structural racism and violence against black women. What has changed in the USA since the 40's thanks to women's rights movements and where remains need for action?MODERATION: Aline Juchler

  8. 20:30
    The Silence of Others
    Thu 6. Dec

    Tickets: Kosmos

    OV/e 95' | USA, Spain | Almudena Carracedo & Robert Bahar | Doc

    José Galante cannot and will not accept that his torturer is living only a few metres away from him, unpunished. Maria Martín is fighting to ensure that her mother’s bones are exhumed from a mass grave and buried next to her father’s remains. However, an amnesty law passed by a large majority in the Spanish parliament in 1977 not only guaranteed the release of all political prisoners, but also prohibited prosecution of any of the crimes committed by Franco’s dictatorship. For this reason, many atrocities remain unsolved to this day. Over a period of six years, the filmmakers spoke to victims, relatives and human rights lawyers about their long-standing struggle to obtain admissions of guilt and the abolition of the amnesty law. (Berlinale)

    POST-FRANCO SPAIN: BETWEEN CRIME AND PUNISHMENT (Engl.)
    Talk with Montse Ferrer (Legal Advisor and Investigator, TRIAL) on how Spain dealt with the crimes of the Franco regime. The post-dictatorship generation was forced by law to forget about the crimes committed and to look forward for the sake of peace. What price is to pay when a society fails to deal with its crimes? How can the guilty nevertheless be brought to accountability?MODERATION: Nicola Diday (Swisspeace)

Fri 7. Dec 2018
  1. 09:30
    Easy Lessons – Schulvorstellung
    Fri 7. Dec

    School Screening only
    Riffraff

    OV/d 78' | Hungary 2018 | Dorottya Zurbó | Doc

    Kafiya, a young girl on the brink of adulthood, has to leave behind a lot of what defined her Somalian life as she tries to adapt to her new existence in Hungary. As the family’s cultural values and taboos start to fall apart, Kafia tries to explain and make sense of all these changes to her mother left behind. (Locarno FF)

    Followed by a talk with filmmaker Dorottya Zurbó and protagonist Kafiya Said Mahdi (Engl.).
    MODERATION: Aline Juchler

  2. 09:30
    Eldorado – School Screening
    Fri 7. Dec

    School Screening
    Kosmos

    OV/d 100' | Schweiz 2018 | Markus Imhoof | Doc

    Drawing inspiration from his personal encounter with the Italian refugee child Giovanna during World War II, Markus Imhoof tells how refugees and migrants are treated today: on the Mediterranean Sea, in Italy and in Switzerland.

    Followed by a talk with Sibylle Berger, Representative Médecins Sans Frontières / Ärzte ohne Grenzen (MSF) .
    MODERATION: Hans-Peter von Däniken (Paulus Akademie)

  3. 13:30
    In My Room – School Screening
    Fri 7. Dec

    School Screening only
    Riffraff

    OV/d 68' | Israel 2017 | Ayelet Albenda | Doc

    In My Room is a coming-of-age story about six teenagers, told entirely through home videos they have shot and uploaded to YouTube. These are their video diaries. For years, the camera is pointed towards them and into their rooms. It allows us to be present during their most fragile, painful, confusing and amusing phases of growing up, trying to become the people they dream of being. (Docaviv FF)

    Followed by a talk with Transgender Netzwerk Switzerland. MODERATION: Anna Rosenwasser (LOS, Lesbenorganisation Schweiz)

  4. 13:30
    Beyond Dreams – School Screening
    Fri 7. Dec

    School Screening
    Kosmos

    OV/d 90' | Sweden 2017 | Rojda Sekersöz | Fiction

    A gang's friendship and dreams are put to the test when Mirja comes out of prison intent on breaking with the past and embarking on a new life. Her choice is between being loyal to her sick mother and younger sister, or standing by the friends who truly were her family.
    Beyond Dreams is about who you are expected to be and who you want to be, both in your chosen group and society beyond. A humorous and refreshing film about young women's rebellion.

    Followed by a talk with Librada Paz, mexican-american human rights activist (Engl.)
    MODERATION: Christoph Karlo

    Presented with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation Switzerland

  5. 18:00
    Breathless
    Fri 7. Dec

    Tickets: Riffraff

    OV/e 75' | Belgium 2018 | Daniel Lambo | Doc

    Following the deaths of his father and many others from his village, filmmaker Daniel Lambo sets off on a passionate quest to find the truth about the deadly asbestos industry. His search takes him to the largest asbestos waste dump in India and unveils a cold-blooded industry still endangering the lives of workers and consumers around the world. A gripping story on the fight of individuals against a booming asbestos industry. (Flanders Image)

    TÖDLICHER STAUB – DER KAMPF GEGEN ASBEST GEHT WEITER (Engl.)
    Talk with Sanjiv Pandita and Bernhard Herold for Solidar Suisse on the condition of workers who continue to be in close contact with asbest on a day-to-day basis. What do these workers know about the dangers of asbest? How can a worldwide prohibiton of asbest be reached or by which interests is such prevented?
    Sanjiv Pandita has been involved in the international anti-asbest movement for many years. Bernhard Herold is head of the Asia Program at Solidar Suisse and specialises in assistance to victims of asbest.
    MODERATION: Jenny Billeter

    Presented with Solidar Suisse.

  6. 18:00
    Easy Lessons
    Fri 7. Dec

    Tickets: Kosmos

    OV/e 78' | Ungarn 2018 | Dorottya Zurbó | Doc

    Kafiya, a young girl on the brink of adulthood, has to leave behind a lot of what defined her Somalian life as she tries to adapt to her new existence in Hungary. As the family’s cultural values and taboos start to fall apart, Kafia tries to explain and make sense of all these changes to her mother left behind. (Locarno FF)

    HOW TO MAKE HUNGARY HOME (Engl.)
    Talk with filmmaker Dorottya Zurbó and protagonist Kafiya Said Mahdi about the reality of refugees in Hungary, about social assimilation and the attempt to shape one’s life freely, torn between one’s own cultural past and complex present.
    MODERATION: Alexandra Karle (Director Communications and Advocacy, Amnesty International)

    Presented with Amnesty International.

  7. 20:30
    On her Shoulders
    Fri 7. Dec

    Tickets: Kosmos

    OV/e 94' | USA 2018 | Alexandria Bombach | Doc

    23-year-old Nadia Murad leads a harrowing but vital crusade: to find the most influential platforms in the world and speak out on behalf of the embattled Yazidi community who face mass extermination by ISIS militants. Having narrowly escaped with her own life, Nadia must now relentlessly recount on radio shows, at rallies, and even on the floor of the United Nation’s general assembly her ordeal as a Yazidi sex slave and witness to her family’s brutal killings. For without her testimony, the genocide happening right in front of the world’s eyes might go completely unnoticed. With a formal precision and elegance that matches Nadia’s calm and steely demeanor, filmmaker Alexandria Bombach brings us inside an exhausting, destabilizing journey fraught with personal pain and profound ethical urgency. (Sundance Film Festival)

    IRAK: WAR, TORTURE AND DEALING WITH TRAUMA
    Belkis Wille, Human Rights Watch Senior Iraq Researcher, informs us on the current situation in the country. Psychoanalysist and -therapist Elisabeth Steiner, whose main focus lies in the treatment of war and torture victims and who is also founder of the Zurich Department for Psychotraumatology, tells us about how victims of violence deal with trauma.
    MODERATION: Barbara Fry Henchoz (Commitee Human Rights Watch Zurich)
    Presented with Human Rights Watch.

  8. 20:30
    Island of the Hungry Ghosts
    Fri 7. Dec

    Tickets: Riffraff

    OV/e 94' | Germany, UK, Australia 2018 | Gabrielle Brady | Doc

    Poh Lin is a trauma therapist who lives with her family in this place of hostile and wild landscapes - one of the last places on the planet to be discovered. Every day, she talks with the asylum seekers held indefinitely in a high-security detention centre, attempting, relentlessly, to support them in a situation that is as unbearable as its outcome is uncertain. Comparing the natural migration with the chaotic and tragic migration of humans, subject to the constant metamorphoses of the decision-making structures, Gabrielle Brady undoubtedly succeeds in evoking a challenge that is much greater than that of the microcosm she is reporting on. (Visions du Reel)

    Award Ceremony "Mercurius Prize" in presence of the filmmaker Gabrielle Brady. „The Mercurius Prize honors films that show sensitive treatment of psychological themes and promote increased consciousness and responsibility on both individual and collective levels.“. The Mercurius Prize will be given to Gabrielle Brady by Murray Stein, President of the Mercurius Prize Committee.

    TRAUMA, PSYCHOLOGY AND HUMAN RIGHTS (Engl.)
    Panel discussion with the filmmaker Gabrielle Brady, Steven Buser (clinical psychiatrist USA) and Hilary Witt (Trauma traumatherapist by Peter A.Levine and mediator) on the challenges of trauma work with refugees. What are the challenges therapists are faced with? And where are the boundaries of the therapeutic relation in such politically tense environments such as in refugee camps and dentention centres?
    MODERATION: Marcy Goldberg
    Presented with Mercurius Prize.

Sat 8. Dec 2018
  1. 11:30
    Anote's Ark
    Sat 8. Dec

    Tickets: Kosmos

    OV/e 77' | Canada 2018 | Mathieu Rytz | Doc

    What happens when your nation is swallowed by the sea? With the harsh realities of climate change looming, the low-lying Pacific nation Kiribati must find a new solution for the survival of its people. With sweeping cinematography, Anote’s Ark interweaves two poignant stories. Anote Tong, endearing president of the island, races to find options - advocating in international climate negotiations and even investigating building underwater cities. At the same time, warm and sharp-witted Sermary, a young mother of six, tackles every struggle with humour. She must decide whether to leave the only culture she knows on the island and migrate to a new life in New Zealand. Matthieu Rytz sharply captures the next evolution in the shifting dynamics of climate change—one where borders, technology, and global treaties are urgent and can change daily life as we know it. This portrait of the Kiribati people exudes strength of character and grace as they confront the inevitable change they are facing head-on. (Sundance Film Festival)

    BIG DEBATE IM FORUM KOSMOS, 13h00
    HOW TO GO ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE?
    A panel discussion with filmmaker Matthieu Rytz, Jacqueline Fehr (Senior Representative Canton Zurich) and Marcel Hänggi (journalist and author) on climate change, Switzerland’s role as well as the individual’s responsibility. How are we connected to the destiny of Kiribati or to the similar fate of others affected?
    MODERATION: Georg Klinger (Greenpeace Switzerland)

    Presented with Greenpeace Switzerland.

  2. 14:00
    Easy Lessons
    Sat 8. Dec

    Tickets: Kosmos

    OV/e 78' | Ungarn 2018 | Dorottya Zurbó | Doc

    Kafiya, a young girl on the brink of adulthood, has to leave behind a lot of what defined her Somalian life as she tries to adapt to her new existence in Hungary. As the family’s cultural values and taboos start to fall apart, Kafia tries to explain and make sense of all these changes to her mother left behind. (Locarno FF)

  3. 14:00
    Island of the Hungry Ghosts
    Sat 8. Dec

    Tickets: Riffraff

    OV/e 94' | Germany, UK, Australia 2018 | Gabrielle Brady | Doc

    Poh Lin is a trauma therapist who lives with her family in this place of hostile and wild landscapes - one of the last places on the planet to be discovered. Every day, she talks with the asylum seekers held indefinitely in a high-security detention centre, attempting, relentlessly, to support them in a situation that is as unbearable as its outcome is uncertain. Comparing the natural migration with the chaotic and tragic migration of humans, subject to the constant metamorphoses of the decision-making structures, Gabrielle Brady undoubtedly succeeds in evoking a challenge that is much greater than that of the microcosm she is reporting on. (Visions du Reel)

  4. 16:00
    The Rape of Recy Taylor
    Sat 8. Dec

    Tickets: Riffraff

    OV/e 92' | USA 2017 | Nancy Buirsky | Doc

    Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Common in Jim Crow South, few women spoke up in fear for their lives. Not Recy Taylor, who bravely identified her rapists. The NAACP sent its chief rape investigator Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice. The film exposes a legacy of physical abuse of black women and reveals Rosa Parks’ intimate role in Recy Taylor’s story. (Venice FF)

  5. 16:00
    Angels Wear White
    Sat 8. Dec

    Tickets: Kosmos

    OV/e 107' | China 2017 | Vivian Qu | Fiction

    In a small seaside town, two schoolgirls are assaulted by a middle-aged man in a motel. Mia, a teenager who was working on reception that night, is the only witness. For fear of losing her job, she says nothing. Meanwhile, 12-year-old Wen, one of the victims, finds that her troubles have only just begun. Trapped in a world that offers them no safety, Mia and Wen will have to find their own way out. Vivian Qu tells a story about women. About the society that shapes our perceptions and values. About the choices that are allowed us and the courage to make different ones. About the interchangeable roles of the victim and the bystander. About truth and justice. And above all, about love. (Venice Film Festival)

    The Kunsthalle Zurich presents films by the Chinese filmmaker Wang Bing. Vernissage on Friday 7th December at 6pm, Talk with Wang Bing on Saturday 8th December at 12pm. Reduced Entry at 6 CHF with a HRFF Zurich cinema ticket.

  6. 18:00
    Of Fathers and Sons
    Sat 8. Dec

    Tickets: Riffraff

    OV/e 98' | Germany, Syria, Lebanon 2017 | Talal Derki | Doc

    If you want to tame your nightmares, you need to capture them first. That’s what Syrian documentary filmmaker Talal Derki learned from his father. As in his previous film Return to Homs, he returns to his homeland and becomes part of life in a war zone. For more than two years he lives with the family of Abu Osama, an Al-Nusra fighter in a small village in northern Syria, focusing his camera mainly on the children. From a young age, the boys are trained to follow in their father’s footsteps and become soldiers of God. The horrors of war and the intimacy of family life are never far from one another. At the nearby battlefront Abu Osama fights against the enemy, while at home he cuddles with the boys and dreams of the caliphate. Talal Derki sets out to capture the moment when the children have to let go of their youth and are finally turned into Jihadi fighters. No matter how close the war comes, there's one thing they've already learned: they must never cry. (IDFA)

  7. 18:00
    Black Cop
    Sat 8. Dec

    Tickets: Kosmos

    E 91' | Canada 2017 | Cory Bowles | Fiction

    Pushed to the limit by racism, a black police officer pours his frustration on the privileged and white community he's sworn to protect. By turning a mirror on the viewer, Cory Bowles presents a brilliant, intimate satire, burning with indignation over police brutality and racial profiling. Alternating between found footage, hidden cameras and theatricality, this debut film is imbued with a unique energy. (FIFDH Geneva)

    BIG DEBATE AT FORUM KOSMOS, 19:30
    RACE, RACIAL PROFILING AND LAW ENFORCEMENT (Engl.)
    Panel discussion with the filmmaker Cory Bowles, Vanessa E. Thompson (Institute for Sociology at Goethe University Frankfurt) and Sibylle Stamm (facilitator and strategic advisor, works i.a. with Swiss police on questions of power, implicit bias and racial profiling) on structural racism and police violence against black people.
    What are the causes and consequences of racial profiling? Which strategies are applied by Black Lives Matter movements in the USA and anti-racism movements in Europe to change the situation? How can discrimination be made perceptible to people who are not directly affected by it?
    MODERATION: Tarek Naguib (Lawyer und Activist)

  8. 20:30
    The Cleaners
    Sat 8. Dec

    Tickets: Kosmos

    OV/e 88' | Germany, Brazil 2018 | Hans Block & Moritz Riesewieck | Doc

    Dive into a secret, third-world shadow industry of online content moderation. Here we meet five “digital scavengers,” a handful of thousands of people outsourced from Silicon Valley whose job is to delete “inappropriate” content off of the internet. In a parallel struggle, we meet people around the globe whose lives are dramatically affected by online censorship. A typical “cleaner” must observe and rate thousands of intense images every day, from war zone photography to pornography, leading to lasting psychological impacts. Yet underneath their work lies profound questions around what makes an image art or propaganda and what defines journalism.The Cleaners reveals the bitter reality that social media is as much a tool for expression as it is a platform for radicalized social and political opinions, the impacts of which are still unknown. Debut directors Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck unpack an urgent conversation surrounding Silicon Valley’s control over our perception of free speech that we must all grapple with as it threatens to unravel the fabric of our society: both online and IRL. (Sundance Film Festival)

    THE HIDDEN LIFE OF CONTENT MODERATORS (Engl.)
    Talk with Serge Droz (Senior Advisor, ICT4Peace Foundation) about the work of “Content Moderators” who filter internet spam. Social media platforms such as Facebook or Instagram must prevent their users from being forcefully confronted with images that show beheading, staged suicide, child pornography, calls for violence as well as other hate actions. Who are the people behind the scenes who manage and erase such contents? Can the effort of these workers be appropriately compensated and the psychic strain be alleviated?
    MODERATION: Marguerite Meyer (Journalist)

    Presented with ICT4Peace.

  9. 20:30
    Srbenka
    Sat 8. Dec

    Tickets: Riffraff

    OV/e 72' | Kroatien 2018 | Nebojša Slijepčević | Doc

    During the winter of 1991, Croatia defended itself against the military aggression of neighbouring Serbia. Among the innocent victims of this conflict was Aleksandra Zec, a teenager of Serbian origin, who was hatefully lynched in Zagreb. A generation later, while in Croatian schools, Serbian pupils continue to be taken for the “enemies” of yesterday, Oliver Frljić adapts “the Zec affair” at the theatre, with Nina, a Serbian, born in 2001, in the title role. In front of Nebojša Slijepčević’s camera, the troupe’s rehearsals turn into collective psychotherapy, interspersed by shots of an empty stage haunted by personal accounts that build up in voiceover. Through skilful metatheatre that involves both the troupe’s acting and sense of self as they work on their own memories, distanced by the theatrical device, Srbenka delineates a public space likely to break the cycle of vengeance. Slijepčević’s film also constitutes a powerful reflection on one of the possible functions of art: to dry out, metre by metre, the cesspool of hatred fed by the entrepreneurs of ethnic cleansing who continue to act today. (Visions du Reel)

    Talk with the filmmaker Nebojša Slijepčević
    MODERATION: Jenny Billeter

Sun 9. Dec 2018
  1. 11:30
    Los Versos del Olvido
    Sun 9. Dec

    Tickets: Kosmos

    OV/e 94' | Germany, Chile, France 2017 | Alireza Khatami | Fiction

    When an amnesiac graveyard guard stumbles upon the body of a woman killed at a protest, he embarks on a long journey to find her name and bury her properly. In this film, deeply imbued with magical realism, Khatami skillfully weaves the collective memories of Iran and Chile, through a fable that is both universal and deeply intimate. (FIFDH Geneva)

  2. 11:30
    Breathless
    Sun 9. Dec

    Tickets: Riffraff

    OV/e 75' | Belgium 2018 | Daniel Lambo | Doc

    Following the deaths of his father and many others from his village, filmmaker Daniel Lambo sets off on a passionate quest to find the truth about the deadly asbestos industry. His search takes him to the largest asbestos waste dump in India and unveils a cold-blooded industry still endangering the lives of workers and consumers around the world. A gripping story on the fight of individuals against a booming asbestos industry. (Flanders Image)

  3. 14:00
    Black Cop
    Sun 9. Dec

    Tickets: Kosmos

    E 91' | Canada 2017 | Cory Bowles | Fiction

    Pushed to the limit by racism, a black police officer pours his frustration on the privileged and white community he's sworn to protect. By turning a mirror on the viewer, Cory Bowles presents a brilliant, intimate satire, burning with indignation over police brutality and racial profiling. Alternating between found footage, hidden cameras and theatricality, this debut film is imbued with a unique energy. (FIFDH Geneva)

  4. 14:00
    In My Room
    Sun 9. Dec

    Tickets: Riffraff

    OV/e 68' | Israel 2017 | Ayelet Albenda | Doc

    In My Room is a coming-of-age story about six teenagers, told entirely through home videos they have shot and uploaded to Youtube. These are their video diaries. For years, the camera is pointed towards them and into their rooms. It allows us to be present during their most fragile, painful, confusing and amusing phases of growing up, trying to become the people they dream of being. (Docaviv FF)

  5. 15:45
    The Distant Barking of Dogs
    Sun 9. Dec

    Tickets: Kosmos

    OV/e 90' | Denmark 2017 | Simon Lerong-Willmont | Doc

    Seen through the eyes of children, war is just as exciting and beautiful as it is threatening. Oleg and Yarik live with their grandmother in a mostly-abandoned village near the war-struck Russian-Ukrainian border, managing to maintain their own little bubble. The sound of shelling has become the ever-present soundtrack of their lives. Gunfire, abandoned weapons’ caches and columns of soldiers are all opportunities for new games. The film, winner of the First Appearance award at IDFA, shows how the children and their grandmother manage to find joy in life’s small pleasures, each in his or her own way, even in the shadow of war. (Docaviv Film Festival)

    EFFECTS OF WAR ON CHILDREN
    Talk with filmmaker Simon Lerong Wilmont (via Skype) followed by Vito Angelillo (General Director Terre des hommes – Help for Children) on the war in Ukraine. How do children deal with continuous brutality in their neighbourhood? What does it mean for children to grow up in war conditions and what support is effective?
    MODERATION: Flavia Giorgetta

    Presented with Terre des hommes

  6. 16:00
    The Silence of Others
    Sun 9. Dec

    Tickets: Riffraff

    OV/e 95' | USA, Spain | Almudena Carracedo & Robert Bahar | Doc

    José Galante cannot and will not accept that his torturer is living only a few metres away from him, unpunished. Maria Martín is fighting to ensure that her mother’s bones are exhumed from a mass grave and buried next to her father’s remains. However, an amnesty law passed by a large majority in the Spanish parliament in 1977 not only guaranteed the release of all political prisoners, but also prohibited prosecution of any of the crimes committed by Franco’s dictatorship. For this reason, many atrocities remain unsolved to this day. Over a period of six years, the filmmakers spoke to victims, relatives and human rights lawyers about their long-standing struggle to obtain admissions of guilt and the abolition of the amnesty law. (Berlinale)

  7. 18:00
    Lemonade
    Sun 9. Dec

    Tickets: Kosmos

    OV/e 88' | Romania, Canada, Germany, Sweden | Ioana Uricaru | Fiction

    Mara, a nurse from Romania, got married whilst on a working visit to the USA. Together with her husband Daniel, whom she met as a patient, she is now waiting for her Green Card. She has already brought to the States her little son Dragos from a previous relationship. However, the naturalisation process is proving to be difficult and Mara increasingly begins to realise that the America she imagined has little to do with the reality. After the immigration officer responsible for her case exploits her plight, the situation seems almost hopeless. ‘Even the people who hate the United States want to live here’ is a statement the heroine of this film hears again and again, and her own experiences are characterised by a similar ambivalence.
    Based on real events, Ioana Uricaru’s first feature film addresses themes such as mental attitude, corruption and patriotism. Mălina Manovici is sensitive and convincing in the role of Mara who, despite all of her adversities, remains convinced that: ‘When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.’ (Berlinale)

    DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, POWER ABUSE AND THE STRUGGLE FOR INDEPENDENCE
    Talk with Ilona Swoboda, Co-Director Frauenhaus Winterthur and Director of the helpline for women affected by violence in Canton Thurgau. Everywhere in the world, Switzerland included, women are stripped of their rights and made victims of domestic violence. Let’s zoom in: What situation are these women in? How is the right of residence part of the phenomena and reason for dependent relationships that seem inescapable? What help can be given? Swoboda talks about her work and tells us stories such as the one of Mara, protagonist of the film Lemonade.
    MODERATION: Flavia Giorgetta

  8. 18:00
    Seed - The Untold Story
    Sun 9. Dec

    Tickets: Riffraff

    OV/df 94' | USA 2017 | Jon Betz, Taggart Siegel | Doc

    Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.

    Panel discussion with Laurent Gaberell (Public Eye) und Regina Ammann (Syngenta) on seeds, patents, pesticides and coorporate responsibility.
    MODERATION: Christoph Keller, Managing Editor Kontext at Radio SRF

    In collaboration with Public Eye.

  9. 20:30
    Of Fathers and Sons
    Sun 9. Dec

    Tickets: Riffraff

    OV/e 98' | Germany, Syria, Lebanon 2017 | Talal Derki | Doc

    If you want to tame your nightmares, you need to capture them first. That’s what Syrian documentary filmmaker Talal Derki learned from his father. As in his previous film Return to Homs, he returns to his homeland and becomes part of life in a war zone. For more than two years he lives with the family of Abu Osama, an Al-Nusra fighter in a small village in northern Syria, focusing his camera mainly on the children. From a young age, the boys are trained to follow in their father’s footsteps and become soldiers of God. The horrors of war and the intimacy of family life are never far from one another. At the nearby battlefront Abu Osama fights against the enemy, while at home he cuddles with the boys and dreams of the caliphate. Talal Derki sets out to capture the moment when the children have to let go of their youth and are finally turned into Jihadi fighters. No matter how close the war comes, there's one thing they've already learned: they must never cry. (IDFA)

  10. 20:30
    Angels Wear White
    Sun 9. Dec

    Tickets: Kosmos

    OV/e 107' | China 2017 | Vivian Qu | Fiction

    In a small seaside town, two schoolgirls are assaulted by a middle-aged man in a motel. Mia, a teenager who was working on reception that night, is the only witness. For fear of losing her job, she says nothing. Meanwhile, 12-year-old Wen, one of the victims, finds that her troubles have only just begun. Trapped in a world that offers them no safety, Mia and Wen will have to find their own way out. Vivian Qu tells a story about women. About the society that shapes our perceptions and values. About the choices that are allowed us and the courage to make different ones. About the interchangeable roles of the victim and the bystander. About truth and justice. And above all, about love. (Venice Film Festival)

    The Kunsthalle Zurich presents films by the Chinese filmmaker Wang Bing. Vernissage on Friday 7th December at 6pm, Talk with Wang Bing on Saturday 8th December at 12pm. Reduced Entry at 6 CHF with a HRFF Zurich cinema ticket.

Mon 10. Dec 2018
  1. 09:30
    Eldorado – School Screening
    Mon 10. Dec

    School Screening

    OV/d 100' | Schweiz 2018 | Markus Imhoof | Doc

    Drawing inspiration from his personal encounter with the Italian refugee child Giovanna during World War II, Markus Imhoof tells how refugees and migrants are treated today: on the Mediterranean Sea, in Italy and in Switzerland.

    Followed by a talk with Aline Negri, Medical doctor, MSF technical referent for travel medicine
    MODERATION: Hans-Peter von Däniken (Paulus Akademie)

  2. 13:30
    A Voix Haute – School Screening
    Mon 10. Dec

    School Screening
    Kosmos

    OV/d 99' | France 2017 | Ladj Ly, Stéphane de Freitas | Doc

    Leïla, Elhadj und Eddy are French students at the university of Saint-Denis, who all wish to exceed in rhetorics and participate in the infamous competition “Eloquentia”, in which the best rhetorician is chosen. The adolescents of different cultural background learn that good language technique can grant power. They are advised by lawyers, slam poets and directors on how to improve their performance skills and take on the challenge of speaking up and standing in for their opinion in public.

    Followed by a talk with Librada Paz, mexican-american human rights activist (Engl.)
    MODERATION: Christoph Karlo

    Presented with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation Switzerland

  3. 18:00
    Srbenka
    Mon 10. Dec

    Tickets: Riffraff

    OV/e 72' | Kroatien 2018 | Nebojša Slijepčević | Doc

    During the winter of 1991, Croatia defended itself against the military aggression of neighbouring Serbia. Among the innocent victims of this conflict was Aleksandra Zec, a teenager of Serbian origin, who was hatefully lynched in Zagreb. A generation later, while in Croatian schools, Serbian pupils continue to be taken for the “enemies” of yesterday, Oliver Frljić adapts “the Zec affair” at the theatre, with Nina, a Serbian, born in 2001, in the title role. In front of Nebojša Slijepčević’s camera, the troupe’s rehearsals turn into collective psychotherapy, interspersed by shots of an empty stage haunted by personal accounts that build up in voiceover. Through skilful metatheatre that involves both the troupe’s acting and sense of self as they work on their own memories, distanced by the theatrical device, Srbenka delineates a public space likely to break the cycle of vengeance. Slijepčević’s film also constitutes a powerful reflection on one of the possible functions of art: to dry out, metre by metre, the cesspool of hatred fed by the entrepreneurs of ethnic cleansing who continue to act today. (Visions du Reel)

  4. 18:00
    Genezis
    Mon 10. Dec

    Tickets: Kosmos

    OV/e 120' | Hungary 2018 | Árpád Bogdán | Fiction

    Drunk racists attack a Roma settlement at night, throwing petrol bombs and shooting at fleeing families. The mother of nine-year-old Ricsi is killed. Since his father is still serving a two-year prison sentence for a minor crime, the traumatised boy is sent to live with his grandparents. His harmonious childhood world now irredeemably shattered, he is desperately searching for stability ... High school student and passionate archer Virág suspects that her boyfriend Misi might have been involved in the attack on the Roma village. When her suspicions are confirmed, she finds herself thrown into a deep emotional conflict. She makes a momentous decision.Hanna, a lawyer who is accustomed to success, is appointed Misi's lawyer. Moral questions as well as her own past force her to reappraise her path in life. The background for these three interwoven, visually powerful stories is the 2008/09 attacks by Hungarian neo-Nazis on Roma villages during which six people were killed. (Berlinale)

    HUMAN RIGHTS DAY
    WORDS OF WELCOME
    Leo Kaneman, President HRFF Zurich
    Ambassador Heidi Grau, Head of the Human Security Division, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA)

    BIG DEBATE IM FORUM KOSMOS, 20:15
    KOSMOPOLITICS: ARE WE LIVING IN A POST-HUMAN RIGHTS ERA? (Engl.)
    Followed by a podium debate on whether we are currently experiencing the end of human rights.
    - Ruth Dreifuss, Prior Head of Swiss Federal Council and currently Vice President of the International Commission against the death penalty
    - Stephen Hopgood, Professor für International Relations and Co-Director of Centre for the International Politics of Conflict, SOAS University
    - Manon Schick, Director Amnesty International Switzerland
    - Fanny de Weck, Human Rights Lawyer
    MODERATOR: Mikael Krogerus (Das Magazin)

    Co-presented by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA)

  5. 20:30
    Seed - The Untold Story
    Mon 10. Dec

    Tickets: Riffraff

    OV/df 94' | USA 2017 | Jon Betz, Taggart Siegel | Doc

    Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.

  6. 20:30
    Lemonade
    Mon 10. Dec

    Tickets: Kosmos

    OV/e 88' | Romania, Canada, Germany, Sweden | Ioana Uricaru | Fiction

    Mara, a nurse from Romania, got married whilst on a working visit to the USA. Together with her husband Daniel, whom she met as a patient, she is now waiting for her Green Card. She has already brought to the States her little son Dragos from a previous relationship. However, the naturalisation process is proving to be difficult and Mara increasingly begins to realise that the America she imagined has little to do with the reality. After the immigration officer responsible for her case exploits her plight, the situation seems almost hopeless. ‘Even the people who hate the United States want to live here’ is a statement the heroine of this film hears again and again, and her own experiences are characterised by a similar ambivalence.
    Based on real events, Ioana Uricaru’s first feature film addresses themes such as mental attitude, corruption and patriotism. Mălina Manovici is sensitive and convincing in the role of Mara who, despite all of her adversities, remains convinced that: ‘When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.’ (Berlinale)