From 16 to 25 September, the fourth Human Rights Film Festival Berlin will screen forty documentaries exploring the themes of democracy, freedom and human rights around the world. This year’s focus is on stories of people whose rights are being brutally violated and who are fighting for change as activists. The films will be screened both online throughout Germany and offline in selected Berlin cinemas.
The festival will open with Sabaya, a film by Sundance-winning director Hogir Hirori about a group of men and women who risk their lives to free Yazidi women and girls from IS slavery. Female activists will also get the spotlight with Fly So Far (German premiere), Unapologetic (German premiere), and The Ants and the Grasshopper (German premiere). Further films include As I Want (dir. Samaher Alqadi), Mayor (dir. David Osit), Only the Devil Lives Without Hope (dir. Magnus Gertten), School of Hope (dir. Mohamed El Aboudi), The Colonel’s Stray Dogs (dir. Khalid Shamis), The Dissident (dir. Bryan Fogel), The Last Shelter (dir. Ousmane Samassekou), The Return: Life After ISIS (dir. Alba Sotorra Clua), Wandering, A Rohingya Story (dir. Mélanie Carrier, Olivier Higgins), Welcome to Chechnya (dir. David France), Writing With Fire (dir. ), and more.
The festival is being organized by Action Against Hunger in cooperation with Save the Children and in partnership with Amnesty International. Action Against Hunger’s «Making a Difference» series features five films that focus on humanitarian aid and hunger relief. In the series «The Right to Change», curated by Save the Children, five films present stories about children and youth in need. Finally, with «Stories that Matter», Amnesty International has curated three films that address activism and rights.
Find the full programme to the 4th Human Rights Film Festival Berlin – HERE