20 Days in Mariupol to open 2023 Human Rights Film Festival Berlin

The Human Rights Film Festival Berlin (HRFFB) is set to launch its sixth edition on 11 October, with a compelling lineup of 42 international documentaries. 20 Days in Mariupol to open 2023 Human Rights Film Festival Berlin The festival will open with the German premiere of 20 Days in Mariupol by Ukrainian journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Mstyslav Chernov. Under the theme «The Good Fight,» HRFFB aims to amplify the voices of courageous individuals who often go unheard.

This year, the festival shines a light on the struggle of indigenous activists with films like Lakota Nation vs. United States and Holding Up the Sky. In a partnership with the EU initiative euroclima and the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO), HRFFB provides a special platform for indigenous filmmakers.

The Aktion gegen den Hunger film series, curated by the festival’s founder, will again explore diverse themes from food security to climate justice and decolonisation.

Greenpeace Germany, a key festival partner, presents a series celebrating activism for human rights and advocates for non-military approaches to security. Their selection emphasises the indivisibility of peace and human rights.

The coveted Willy Brandt Documentary Film Award for Freedom and Human Rights, sponsored by the Federal Chancellor Willy Brandt Foundation, will be conferred on 20 October at City Kino Wedding. The award honours films that drive social change through an extraordinary examination of current issues.

The festival will conclude with the German premiere of Bread and Roses by Afghan director Sara Mani, produced by Hollywood’s Jennifer Lawrence. Tickets and the complete program are available online at www.hrffb.de.

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