Human Rights Film Festival Zurich
Programmübersicht
Thu 3. Dec 2020
  1. 19:00
    Cat in the Wall
    Thu 3. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Fri 4. Dec, 21:00
    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
    Thu 3. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Sat 5. Dec, 14:45
    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
    Fri 4. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Tue 8. Dec, 13:30

    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
    Fri 4. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Mon 7. Dec, 09:30

    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
    Fri 4. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Mon 7. Dec, 14:00

    Nur für Schulklassen

    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
    Fri 4. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Mon 7. Dec, 13:30

    Nur für Schulklassen

    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
    Fri 4. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Sun 6. Dec, 11:30
    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
    Fri 4. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Sat 5. Dec, 13:00
    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
    Fri 4. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Sat 5. Dec, 11:00
    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
    Fri 4. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Thu 3. Dec, 19:00
    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
    Sat 5. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Fri 4. Dec, 20:30
    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
    Sat 5. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Sun 6. Dec, 18:30
    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
    Sat 5. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Fri 4. Dec, 18:15
    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
    Sat 5. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Thu 3. Dec, 20:30
    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
    Sat 5. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Sun 6. Dec, 14:00
    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
    Sat 5. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Sun 6. Dec, 21:00
    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
    Sat 5. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Sun 6. Dec, 16:15
    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 prostitutes 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
    Sat 5. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Sun 6. Dec, 15:45
    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
    The Earth Is Blue as an Orange
    Sat 5. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Mon 7. Dec, 18:30
    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

  10. 22:00
    "How Does it Feel?" Concert by Soya the Cow
    Sat 5. Dec

    Free Entry

    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.

Sun 6. Dec 2020
  1. 11:00
    I am Greta
    Sun 6. Dec

    Tickets

    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
    Sun 6. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Fri 4. Dec, 17:30
    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
    Sun 6. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Tue 8. Dec, 18:30
    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
    Sun 6. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Sat 5. Dec, 15:45
    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
    Sun 6. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Sat 5. Dec, 20:30
    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
    Sun 6. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Sat 5. Dec, 18:00
    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 prostitutes 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
    Sun 6. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Mon 7. Dec, 21:00
    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
    Sun 6. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Sat 5. Dec, 11:30
    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
    Sun 6. Dec
    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
    Sun 6. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Sat 5. Dec, 17:30
    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
    Mon 7. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Fri 4. Dec, 10:00

    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
    Mon 7. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Fri 4. Dec, 14:00

    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
    Mon 7. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Fri 4. Dec, 13:30

    School Screening

    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
    Mon 7. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Tue 8. Dec, 21:00
    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
    Mon 7. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Sat 5. Dec, 21:00
    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
    Mon 7. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Tue 8. Dec, 18:00
    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
    Mon 7. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Sun 6. Dec, 18:00
    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
    Tue 8. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Fri 4. Dec, 09:30

    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
    Tue 8. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Mon 7. Dec, 20:30
    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
    Tue 8. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Sun 6. Dec, 13:30
    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
    Tue 8. Dec
    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
    Tue 8. Dec
    Weitere Spielzeiten:
    1. Mon 7. Dec, 18:00
    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)