Festival

2021 EDITION
The seventh Human Rights Film Festival Zurich will take place from 2 to 7 December 2021 at Kino Kosmos in Zurich. Over six days, we will show artistically strong films that explore human rights issues – avoiding stereotypes or moralistic finger-pointing. Afterwards there will be discussions with directors, protagonists and experts. In this way, what we have seen can be placed in a larger context. We believe in the power of cinema as an art form and in the film festival as a meeting place for people who want to deal with a complex world.

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

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased online at kosmos.ch or at the Kosmos cinema.
Festival passes can be picked up from 2 December at our Welcome Desk (Thu 5-7pm, Fri, Mo, Tue 5–9pm, Sat & Sun 3–9pm) at Kosmos.

THE RIGHT TO WATCH FILMS
All screenings and panels are free of charge for people with residence permits N or F. Festival passes are available at the welcome desk (Thu 5-7pm, Fri, Mo, Tue 5–9pm, Sat & Sun 3–9pm) upon presenting a legal document.

KOSMOS
Lagerstrasse 104, 8004 Zürich

ONLINE SELECTION 2021

For anyone who would rather delve into new worlds whilst nested at home, the first «HRFF online selection» offers a selection of five films, handpicked from past festival editions!
Online from 2nd December 2021 at virtuellerkosmos.ch/sofakino.
Available until 2nd of January 2022.
Presented with filmingo.ch

COVID-19 safety precautions

During the festival the current Kosmos safety measures apply. They are available at kosmos.ch/schutzkonzept

CERTIFICATE & MASK
To visit KOSMOS it is obligatory to show your Covid certificate and ID. In addition to that, masks are compulsory. This also applies to the cinema hall.

ADMISSION
Please come early enough, but no later than 15 minutes before the event begins. In order to avoid crowds, seats should be taken quickly.

GENERAL
Please follow the usual hygiene measures and do not attend the festival if you show symptoms indicative of a COVID-19 infection.

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

Free entry

SA 4.12. | SOCIAL FABRIC & ARCHITECTURE FOR REFUGEES
Please sit down and take a moment to be creative. «If you have enough, build a longer table, not a higher wall»
Installation | Klub/Lounge | 11–18h

SA 4.12. | FASHION REVOLUTION SCHWEIZ
«What you wear matters», at festival with Fast Fashion Detektor
Installation | Kinoeingang | 16–20h

SO 5.12. | DATA CAFÉ
Have a coffee with your data
Bar Eingang | 10–13h

SO 5.12. | ANTONIO SCARPONI / CONCEPTUAL DEVICES
ELIOO, How to go to IKEA and build a device to grow food in your apartment
Workshop | Klub/Lounge | 15–16h
Registration: press@humanrightsfilmfestival.ch

SO 5.12. | SOS MÉDITERRANÉE SCHWEIZ
Unite for people in distress at sea
1 Quadratmeter Boot, Bilder, Erfahrungsberichte und Quiz
Klub/Lounge | 17–21h

MO 6.12.| SOLINETZ ZÜRICH
Exhibition Art Atelier
Klub/Lounge | 15–18h

THE ENTIRE FESTIVAL

NOW YOU SEE ME MORIA
Stand up for the Afghan community | Poster Exhibition, Kinoallee

AKTION VIERVIERTEL & EINBÜRGERUNGSGESCHICHTEN.CH
For the basic ecesis right: Sign the Manifest | Nische Kinoallee
Discover testimones of people in the process of ecesis| Videoinstallation | Kinoallee

Poster: @now_you_see_me_moria and #helpafghanistan

THE WORLD ON A TV SCREEN

03.12. – 21:00 | Forum
D 60’ | 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

Free entry

I AM GROWING A MOUSTACHE - TRANSTRENDER CHRONICLES

04.12. – 21:00 | Klub
D 60’ | Spokenword 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.

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 seventh festival edition.

Address: Neugasse 56, 8005 Zurich

HOW TO GET THERE | PUBLIC TRANSPORT

KOSMOS
Lagerstrasse 104, 8005 Zurich

Train: 5 minutes walk from main station Zurich
Bus: Nr. 31 to Militär- / Langstrasse

Online timetable and information on nocturne connections: www.zvv.ch
or download the ZVV-App

WHERE TO SLEEP

The 25Hours Hotel Langstrasse is the official hotel partner of the Human Rights Film Festival Zurich. It is located directly opposite the Kosmos and is perfectly situated for a short rest between two films or for an aperitif drink at the in-house Cinchona Bar before or after attending the festival.

Festival guests benefit from an exclusive booking discount of 15% off the daily rate (subject to availability) with the code «25h_HumanRights» from 1 to 10 December. You can book at 25hours-hotels.com

Archive

2021 is the seventh edition of the festival. The film programmes of 2015–2020 can be viewed here.

Programm 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)

Programm 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 granted that children's rights are safeguarded. So how do we ensure these rights for children who have often been displaced for years, children who are at risk of abuse and exploitation? When they arrive in a safe host country, how can we help them with practical challenges like learning the local language, joining a school, getting a job, or dealing with psychological and physical trauma?
    Our panellists will engage in an open debate with the audience to discuss what can and must be done to protect and promote the rights of displaced children. The event will open with a screening of Midnight Traveler, a film depicting how Afghan director Hassan Fazili, his wife and two daughters escaped persecution in their homeland. It is a moving testimony that gives a face to children and adults who have been displaced and the risks they are exposed to.
    To mark the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, this year's Human Rights Film Festival Zurich will focus on children's rights on International Human Rights Day on 10 December.

    Panellists:
    Hassan Fazili, filmmaker
    Rolf Widmer, Director of International Social Service and Director of the association Tipiti Switzerland
    Verena Knaus, UNICEF, senior policy advisor
    Jochen Ganter, project coordinator Doctors Without Borders
    Moderator: Rafaela Roth, Tages Anzeiger

    Co-presented by Präsentiert mit Eidgenössisches Departement für auswärtige Angelegenheiten EDA, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) und trigon-film

  7. 20:30
    Born in Evin
    OVe 98' | Deutschland, Österreich 2019 | Maryam Zaree | Doc

    Director and actor Maryam Zaree seeks to shed light on the circumstances of her own birth in Evin, one of Iran’s most notorious prisons for dissidents. Forty years ago, the Shah, and the Iranian monarchy with him, was overthrown. After gaining power, Ayatollah Khomeini, the new head of state and religious leader, had tens of thousands of political opponents arrested and tortured, including the filmmaker’s parents. The family, that was later able to flee to Germany, has never discussed this period of their lives in detail. After years of hesitation, Maryam Zaree finally decides to address the decades of silence: how did their trauma as a result of persecution and violence inscribe itself in the bodies and souls of the survivors and their children? How do survivors cope on a personal level with the fact that the perpetrators still enjoy positions of power with impunity? And what does it mean politically when one of the parties involved tries to cut through the dense undergrowth of repression that exists amongst the closest members of her family? (Berlinale)

  8. 21:00
    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.

Programm 2018
Wed 5. Dec 2018
  1. 18:30
    Los Versos del Olvido
    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
    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
    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
    In My Room – School Screening
    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
    A Voix Haute – School Screening
    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

  5. 18:00
    Naila and the Uprising
    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

  6. 18:00
    In My Room
    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

  7. 20:30
    The Silence of Others
    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)

  8. 20:30
    The Rape of Recy Taylor
    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

Fri 7. Dec 2018
  1. 09:30
    Eldorado – 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 Sibylle Berger, Representative Médecins Sans Frontières / Ärzte ohne Grenzen (MSF) .
    MODERATION: Hans-Peter von Däniken (Paulus Akademie)

  2. 09:30
    Easy Lessons – Schulvorstellung
    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
    In My Room – School Screening
    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
    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
    Easy Lessons
    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.

  6. 18:00
    Breathless
    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.

  7. 20:30
    On her Shoulders
    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
    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
    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
    Island of the Hungry Ghosts
    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)

  3. 14:00
    Easy Lessons
    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)

  4. 16:00
    Angels Wear White
    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.

  5. 16:00
    The Rape of Recy Taylor
    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)

  6. 18:00
    Black Cop
    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)

  7. 18:00
    Of Fathers and Sons
    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)

  8. 20:30
    Srbenka
    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

  9. 20:30
    The Cleaners
    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.

Sun 9. Dec 2018
  1. 11:30
    Los Versos del Olvido
    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
    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
    In My Room
    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)

  4. 14:00
    Black Cop
    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)

  5. 15:45
    The Distant Barking of Dogs
    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
    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
    Seed - The Untold Story
    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.

  8. 18:00
    Lemonade
    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

  9. 20:30
    Of Fathers and Sons
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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)

Programm 2017
Wed 6. Dec 2017
  1. 18:00
    The Poetess
    OVe 89' | Deutschland, Saudi-Arabien | Stefanie Brockhaus, Andreas Wolff | Documentary

    Stellen Sie sich vor, ein europäischer Sender zöge länderübergreifend Millionen Zuschauer in den Bann – mit Gedichtvorträgen. Genau das gelingt Abu Dhabi TV seit zehn Jahren mit der Sendung Million’s Poet. Diese Talentshow sucht nach einem Superstar der präzisen Sprache. Nachdem die Saudin Hissa Hilal vollständig verhüllt in schwarzem Tuch auf der Bühne Extremisten anklagt, erhält sie Morddrohungen. Und die Aufmerksamkeit der westlichen Medien. In Hissa Hilal haben die beiden Filmemacher Stefanie Brockhaus und Andreas Wolff eine wahre Heldin gefunden. Ihre Augen, oft in Nahaufnahmen gezeigt, drücken Witz und Lebenslust, aber auch Leid aus; der Rest ihres Gesichts bleibt bedeckt. Dass die Geschichte der Poetin und die Saudi-Arabiens nahtlos ineinander übergehen, liegt einerseits an Hissas Erzählkunst, andererseits an der atmosphärischen Musik und dem Schnitt, die Showaufnahmen, Archivmaterial und Interviews zu einem Ganzen fügen. (Flavia Giorgetta)

    OPENING NIGHT
    Begrüssungsworte
    Sascha Lara Bleuler, Direktorin HRFF Zurich
    Leo Kaneman, Präsident HRFF Zurich
    Jacqueline Fehr, Regierungsrätin des Kanton Zürich

    In Anwesenheit der Filmemacherin Stefanie Brockhaus und der Protagonistin Hissa Hilal.

  2. 20:40
    Fantoche Shorts
    OVd 66' | 2010 - 2017 | Diverse | Short Movies

    Menschen werden vertrieben, sind auf der Flucht oder leben auf der Strasse. Das Programm zeigt unterschiedliche Animationstechniken, die aktuelle Menschenrechtsthemen auf kreative, humorvolle und düstere Art vermitteln. Kuratiert von Annette Schindler und Judith Affolter.

    BON VOYAGE (Fabio Friedli, CH 2011, 6’)
    Dutzende Menschen besteigen einen überfüllten Lastwagen. Ihr Ziel: Die Festung Europa.

    HOLLOW LAND (Michelle Kranot/Uri Kranot, CA/SK/FR 2013, 13’)
    Kaum ist das junge Paar im verheissenen Land eingetroffen, bröckelt die hübsche Fassade – ein absurdes Migrationsdrama.

    RANDOM WALKS (Borbála Tompa, HU 2016, 7’)
    Die Geschichten von fünf Immigranten in Budapest.

    THEN I CAME BY BOAT (Marleena Forward, AU 2014, 10’)
    Die Flucht des Kindes Tri Nguyen von Vietnam bis nach Australien.

    BODY MEMORY (Ülo Pikkov, EE 2011, 9’)
    Eine kreative Verarbeitung von historischen Ereignissen und ­traumatischen Erlebnissen.

    LAZLO (Nicolas Lemée, FR 2010, 4’)
    Ein Mann ohne Wurzeln, der gerne in Frieden leben würde.

    HEIMATLAND (Schneider/Arnold/Portmann/Friedli, CH 2010, 6’)
    Ein Schweizer Patriot fürchtet sich vor seinem Nachbarn.

    SI NO SOY NO PUEDO SER (Mario Torrecillas, ES 2017, 11’)
    Syrische und kurdische Kinder berichten aus dem Cherso Flüchtlingslager in Griechenland.

    Präsentiert mit FANTOCHE, dem Internationalen Festival für Animationsfilm in Baden.

Thu 7. Dec 2017
  1. 09:30
    The Idol
    OVdf 100' | Niederlande 2015 | Hany Abu-Assad | Spielfilm

    Schon als Kind träumt Mohammed davon, im Opernhaus in Kairo aufzutreten und seiner Stimme weltweit Gehör zu verschaffen. Doch auch wenn ihm das nötige Talent in die Wiege gelegt wurde, bleibt dies vorerst nur eine Träumerei. Bis er als Jugendlicher aus einem Flüchtlingslager in Gaza nach Ägypten flüchtet, um an der äusserst beliebten Talentshow «Arab Idol» teilzunehmen. Nach einer beschwerlichen Reise und einigen unerwarteten Hürden, wird er schliesslich zu den Auditions zugelassen. Nun muss Mohammed seinen Ängsten gegenübertreten und sein Schicksal in die eigene Hand nehmen. Auf einer wahren Geschichte beruhend, schafft der Regisseur Hany Abu-Assad einen dynamischen und bezaubernden Film, der die Bedeutsamkeit von Familie, Freundschaft und Gemeinschaft anhand von Musik aufzeigt.

  2. 09:30
    They call us Monsters
    Ed 82' | USA 2016 | Ben Lear | Dok

    Die drei jugendlichen Straftäter Juan, Jarad und Antonio schreiben im Gefängnis ein Drehbuch – ein Kurzfilm über ihr Leben vor der Festnahme soll entstehen. Damit «die da draussen» verstehen, unter welchen Bedingungen sie aufgewachsen sind. Den drei mutmasslichen Mördern stehen lebens­längliche Freiheitsstrafen bevor, die letzte Hoffnung sind ihre Verteidiger vor Gericht. Doch die Eltern des 17jährigen Jarad können sich keinen teuren Anwalt leisten. Eine Billig­anwältin vertritt den Jungen ohne jedes Interesse. Das Urteil: Lebenslange Haft ohne Aussicht auf Bewährung. Die Langzeitstudie fängt den Alltag der drei Häftlinge ein, ohne zu moralisieren, und lässt auch die Opfer zu Wort kommen. Der Film entlässt uns nicht mit Antworten, sondern lässt ­Fragen nachklingen: Wer sind die wahren Monster und gibt es ein Entkommen aus dem Teufelskreis von Armut und unverhältnismässig hohem Strafmass? (slb)

  3. 13:30
    Fantoche Shorts
    OVd 66' | 2010 - 2017 | Diverse | Short Movies

    Menschen werden vertrieben, sind auf der Flucht oder leben auf der Strasse. Das Programm zeigt unterschiedliche Animationstechniken, die aktuelle Menschenrechtsthemen auf kreative, humorvolle und düstere Art vermitteln. Kuratiert von Annette Schindler und Judith Affolter.

    BON VOYAGE (Fabio Friedli, CH 2011, 6’)
    Dutzende Menschen besteigen einen überfüllten Lastwagen. Ihr Ziel: Die Festung Europa.

    HOLLOW LAND (Michelle Kranot/Uri Kranot, CA/SK/FR 2013, 13’)
    Kaum ist das junge Paar im verheissenen Land eingetroffen, bröckelt die hübsche Fassade – ein absurdes Migrationsdrama.

    RANDOM WALKS (Borbála Tompa, HU 2016, 7’)
    Die Geschichten von fünf Immigranten in Budapest.

    THEN I CAME BY BOAT (Marleena Forward, AU 2014, 10’)
    Die Flucht des Kindes Tri Nguyen von Vietnam bis nach Australien.

    BODY MEMORY (Ülo Pikkov, EE 2011, 9’)
    Eine kreative Verarbeitung von historischen Ereignissen und ­traumatischen Erlebnissen.

    LAZLO (Nicolas Lemée, FR 2010, 4’)
    Ein Mann ohne Wurzeln, der gerne in Frieden leben würde.

    HEIMATLAND (Schneider/Arnold/Portmann/Friedli, CH 2010, 6’)
    Ein Schweizer Patriot fürchtet sich vor seinem Nachbarn.

    SI NO SOY NO PUEDO SER (Mario Torrecillas, ES 2017, 11’)
    Syrische und kurdische Kinder berichten aus dem Cherso Flüchtlingslager in Griechenland.

    Präsentiert mit FANTOCHE, dem Internationalen Festival für Animationsfilm in Baden.

  4. 13:30
    For Akheem
    Ed 89' | USA 2017 | Jeremy S. Levine, Landon Van Soest | Documentary

    Daje ist 17 Jahre alt, sie wächst in einem «all black» Viertel von St. Louis auf. In der Schule eckt sie wegen ihrer aufmüpfigen Haltung und wird deswegen mit ihrer Mutter vor den Jugendrichter zitiert. Doch wirklich begreifen lässt sich ihreSituation erst allmählich, als man auf ihrem Schulheft die gekritzelten Namen von ihren Freunden sieht – dahinter ein R.I.P. und ein frisches Datum. Mit ihrem Freund überlegt sie, ob sie wohl auch so jung sterben werden, viele von ihren männlichen Freunden sind bereits tot – niedergeschossen von Polizisten oder Gang-Mitgliedern. Zwei Jahre lang haben die Regisseure ihre Protagonistin durch ihren von Stigmatisierung geprägten Alltag begleitet und machen erfahrbar, was es heisst, in Amerika jung und schwarz zu sein. (slb)

  5. 18:00
    Disturbing the Peace
    OVe 87' | USA, Israel, Palästina 2016 | Stephen Apkon, Andrew Young | Documentary

    Eine palästinensische Mutter plant ein Selbstmordattentat. Es scheitert und im Gefängnis lernt sie den Schmerz der Gegenseite kennen, als der Bruder ihrer Gefängniswärterin einem Anschlag zum Opfer fällt. Ein israelischer Soldat leistet an einem Checkpoint Dienst; als er einem palästinensischen Vater und dessen kranken Kindern den Weg zum Arzt versperren muss, beginnt er, umzudenken. In einer Collage aus Interviews, Archivmaterial und sorgfältig inszenierten Szenen porträtiert der Film die Organisation «Combatants for Peace», in der ehemalige Kämpfer beider Seiten sich für eine gewaltfreie Lösung des Nahostkonflikts einsetzen. (mg)

    Begrüssungsworte
    Keren Kashi (New Israel Fund Schweiz)
    Leo Kaneman (Präsident HRFF)
    QnA mit Stephen Apkon und Inbal Ben Ezer (Combatants for Peace) und Panel mit Ali Abu Awwad (Roots) und
    Avi­ Buskila (Peace Now) im Forum.
    Moderation: Dr. Dana Landau

    Israelis and Palestinians against ­the Occupation (Engl.)
    In December 2016, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2334 condemning the construction and expansion of Israeli settlements in the occupied territories. It denounced acts of violence on both sides. This gives new hope to the ­
    Israeli and Palestinian peace camps. On this panel Ali Abu Awwad who initiated the nonviolent Palestinian movement «Roots» and Avi Buskila leader of «Peace Now» will discuss their strategies against the backdrop of a shifting political landscape.
    (Leo Kaneman)

    Präsentiert mit NIF und JCall Switzerland.

  6. 18:00
    For Akheem
    Ed 89' | USA 2017 | Jeremy S. Levine, Landon Van Soest | Documentary

    Daje ist 17 Jahre alt, sie wächst in einem «all black» Viertel von St. Louis auf. In der Schule eckt sie wegen ihrer aufmüpfigen Haltung und wird deswegen mit ihrer Mutter vor den Jugendrichter zitiert. Doch wirklich begreifen lässt sich ihreSituation erst allmählich, als man auf ihrem Schulheft die gekritzelten Namen von ihren Freunden sieht – dahinter ein R.I.P. und ein frisches Datum. Mit ihrem Freund überlegt sie, ob sie wohl auch so jung sterben werden, viele von ihren männlichen Freunden sind bereits tot – niedergeschossen von Polizisten oder Gang-Mitgliedern. Zwei Jahre lang haben die Regisseure ihre Protagonistin durch ihren von Stigmatisierung geprägten Alltag begleitet und machen erfahrbar, was es heisst, in Amerika jung und schwarz zu sein. (slb)

    Black Lives Matter. Growing up with ­s­tructural racism (Engl.)
    Im Anschluss Gespräch mit Jeremy Levine (Regisseur), Jeff Truesdell (Produzent) und Brandy Bütler (Bla.sh Zürich) über die Black Lives Matter Bewegung und der Realität afroamerikanischer Jugendlicher, die von Rassismus und Polizeigewalt geprägt ist. Welche Einschränkungen bringt alltägliche Diskriminierung mit sich? Was zeichnet rassistische Strukturen in der Schweiz aus? Welche Lösungen gibt es?

    Moderation: Jenny Billeter

  7. 20:30
    Favela Olimpica
    OVdf 93' | Schweiz | Samuel Chalard | Documentary

    Im Frühling 2016 haben wir die Schlagzeilen gelesen, gehört und uns kurz empört: «Zwangsumsiedelungen in Rio», «Favela muss Olympischen Spielen weichen» hiessen sie. Die Schlagzeilen verschwanden wieder und mit ihnen die Erinnerung an die Menschen, die diesem grössenwahnsinnigen Sportanlass im Weg waren. Favela Olímpica von Samuel Chalard holt diese Geschichte zurück auf die Leinwand. Eigentlich wäre die «Vila Autódromo» eine Art Vorzeigefavela: Hier leben Familien, die ihre Favela von Kriminalität und Drogen freizuhalten versuchen und selbst verwalten. Obwohl vieles nicht ideal ist, obwohl sie von der Regierung vergessen werden, wenn es um Kanalisation, Strom und Infrastruktur geht. Nun aber geraten sie in den Blick der Stadt: Umgesiedelt sollen sie werden oder für wenig Geld entschädigt – die Favela stört den olympischen Glanz. Was Chalards Film unterscheidet von den Zeitungsberichten: Die Bewohner sind Individuen, Menschen mit Gesichtern und Geschichten, mit einer Vergangenheit in diesem Dorf, das sie ihre Heimat nennen. (Brigitte Häring)

    In the shadow of the Olympic Games (Engl.)
    Gespräch mit dem Filmemacher Samuel Chalard, Lisa Salza (Amnesty International) und einem Vertreter eines internationalen Sportverbandes über deren Verantwortung in Bezug auf Menschenrechte, urbane Umstrukturierung, Machtkämpfe und Korruption im Schatten von spotlichen Mega-Events.

    Moderation: Oliver Classen (Public Eye)

    Präsentiert mit Public Eye.

Fri 8. Dec 2017
  1. 09:30
    The Idol
    OVdf 100' | Niederlande 2015 | Hany Abu-Assad | Spielfilm

    Schon als Kind träumt Mohammed davon, im Opernhaus in Kairo aufzutreten und seiner Stimme weltweit Gehör zu verschaffen. Doch auch wenn ihm das nötige Talent in die Wiege gelegt wurde, bleibt dies vorerst nur eine Träumerei. Bis er als Jugendlicher aus einem Flüchtlingslager in Gaza nach Ägypten flüchtet, um an der äusserst beliebten Talentshow «Arab Idol» teilzunehmen. Nach einer beschwerlichen Reise und einigen unerwarteten Hürden, wird er schliesslich zu den Auditions zugelassen. Nun muss Mohammed seinen Ängsten gegenübertreten und sein Schicksal in die eigene Hand nehmen. Auf einer wahren Geschichte beruhend, schafft der Regisseur Hany Abu-Assad einen dynamischen und bezaubernden Film, der die Bedeutsamkeit von Familie, Freundschaft und Gemeinschaft anhand von Musik aufzeigt.

  2. 13:30
    Noces
    OVdf 98' | Belgien, Frankreich 2016 | Stephan Streker | Fiction

    Die 18jährige Zahira ist ein Teenager, deren Leben sich zwischen Schule und Freundeskreis abspielt. Sie wächst in Bel­gien in einer moderat religiösen Familie auf. Dann wird sie von den Eltern gedrängt, den traditionellen Weg einer arrangierten Ehe zu gehen – via Skype soll sie sich für einen Anwärter entscheiden und ihr künftiges Leben in Pakistan vorbereiten. Zwischen familiären Bräuchen und westlichem Lebensstil navigierend, wendet sich die junge Frau an ihre beste Freundin Aurore und ihren geliebten Bruder Amir. Denn neben der geplanten Heirat stemmt Zahira eine zweite Herausforderung: Sie ist schwanger und will das Kind trotz dem Rat der belgischen Sozialhilfe nicht abtreiben. (slb)

  3. 18:00
    Taste of Cement
    OVd 85' | Deutschland, Syrien, Qatar | Zhiad Kalthoum | Doc

    „In Syrien weiss jeder, wie Zement schmeckt“, sagt Regisseur Ziad Kalthoum zu seinem Film Taste of Cement. Der Krieg zerstört und zerstäubt den Zement - und begräbt die Menschen, die in ihm lebten. Hauptschauplatz ist eine Baustelle in der libanesischen Hauptstadt Beirut. Die geflohenen Syrer, die hier arbeiten, dürfen die Baustelle nicht verlassen. Tagsüber bauen sie unter Lebensgefahr an einem Hochhaus, nachts wohnen sie in dessen kahlen, noch unfertigen Untergeschossen. Besorgt verfolgen sie auf ihren Smartphones die Nachrichten aus der in Trümmer liegenden Heimat. Für diese Existenz zwischen Zerstörung und Aufbau findet Kalthoums preisgekrönter Film Bilder von schlichter, roher Schönheit. (mg)

    Syrian refugees in Libanon: Life, work and exploitation (Engl.)

    Gespräch mit Tarek Daher (Büroleiter von Solidar Suisse im Libanon) über die prekäre Situation von geflüchteten SyrerInnen im Libanon: Welche Perspektiven haben sie als meist illegale ArbeiterInnen auf Baustellen und Plantagen? Wie können sie als Arbeiter ihre Rechte einfordern?

    Moderation: Jenny Billeter

    Präsentiert mit Solidar Suisse

  4. 18:00
    Noces
    OVdf 98' | Belgien, Frankreich 2016 | Stephan Streker | Fiction

    Die 18jährige Zahira ist ein Teenager, deren Leben sich zwischen Schule und Freundeskreis abspielt. Sie wächst in Bel­gien in einer moderat religiösen Familie auf. Dann wird sie von den Eltern gedrängt, den traditionellen Weg einer arrangierten Ehe zu gehen – via Skype soll sie sich für einen Anwärter entscheiden und ihr künftiges Leben in Pakistan vorbereiten. Zwischen familiären Bräuchen und westlichem Lebensstil navigierend, wendet sich die junge Frau an ihre beste Freundin Aurore und ihren geliebten Bruder Amir. Denn neben der geplanten Heirat stemmt Zahira eine zweite Herausforderung: Sie ist schwanger und will das Kind trotz dem Rat der belgischen Sozialhilfe nicht abtreiben. (slb)

    Bitter honeymoons – forced marriage and violence against women (Engl.)
    Im Anschluss Gespräch mit Simone Eggler, Expertin für Zwangsverheiratung/-ehe bei Terre des Femmes Schweiz. Die freie Wahl des Ehepartners, der Ehepartnerin ist in der Menschenrechtserklärung ver­ankert. Dennoch werden Menschen unterschiedlicher Herkunft – auch in der Schweiz – zur Ehe gezwungen. Warum zwingt eine Familie oder Gemeinschaft junge Menschen zur Ehe? Was kann Präventionsarbeit leisten und wie schützt man ­Betroffene?

    Moderation: Rhea Plangg

    Präsentiert mit Terre des Femmes Schweiz.

  5. 20:30
    They call us Monsters
    Ed 82' | USA 2016 | Ben Lear | Dok

    Die drei jugendlichen Straftäter Juan, Jarad und Antonio schreiben im Gefängnis ein Drehbuch – ein Kurzfilm über ihr Leben vor der Festnahme soll entstehen. Damit «die da draussen» verstehen, unter welchen Bedingungen sie aufgewachsen sind. Den drei mutmasslichen Mördern stehen lebens­längliche Freiheitsstrafen bevor, die letzte Hoffnung sind ihre Verteidiger vor Gericht. Doch die Eltern des 17jährigen Jarad können sich keinen teuren Anwalt leisten. Eine Billig­anwältin vertritt den Jungen ohne jedes Interesse. Das Urteil: Lebenslange Haft ohne Aussicht auf Bewährung. Die Langzeitstudie fängt den Alltag der drei Häftlinge ein, ohne zu moralisieren, und lässt auch die Opfer zu Wort kommen. Der Film entlässt uns nicht mit Antworten, sondern lässt ­Fragen nachklingen: Wer sind die wahren Monster und gibt es ein Entkommen aus dem Teufelskreis von Armut und unverhältnismässig hohem Strafmass? (slb)

    Minors in the Criminal Justice System (Engl./Deutsch)
    Im Anschluss Gespräch über Recht, Gerechtigkeit und zweite Chancen für jugendliche Straftäter in Kalifornien und der Schweiz mit Elizabeth Calvin, Senior Advo­cate, Children’s Rights Division, Human Rights Watch (Skype, auf Englisch), und Dr. med. Cornelia Bessler, Leiterin Zentrum für Kinder- und ­Jugendforensik, Chef­ärztin, Psychiatrische Universitätsklinik Zürich.

    Präsentiert mit Human Rights Watch.