Combating Dis- and Misinformation

As a society, are we still actually able to talk to each other without getting loud and offensive or feeling hurt just because someone doesn’t share our point of view? How can we find more common ground? Together with experts, we would like to start an in-depth discussion about how to combat dis- and misinformation, how to protect journalists and film-makers at risk and how to communicate data and facts so that they cannot be misinterpreted or misused.

Venue: Villa Elisabeth, Invalidenstraße 3, 10115 Berlin
Date: 19 October, 11  a.m. -  5.30 p.m. 


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Programm 19 October 2022

11:00 am Keynote

Mette Hoffman Meyer

CEO and Founder of THE WHY Foundation

Mette was previously head of documentaries and co-productions at Denmark’s public service broadcasting cooperation and Editor of the factual series Documania. She is a multi-award-winning producer, and has helped to finance films like the Oscar-winning Taxi to the Dark Side, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer and the Sundance award-winning film: The Red Chapel. As the CEO of THE WHY Foundation, she has produced five award-winning global media campaigns.


THE WHY FOUNDATION is a non-profit media organisation that supports sustainable development by securing free access to reliable information for millions of people around the world. We produce and distribute documentaries & multimedia content about human rights, democracy, justice and equality. Our documentaries are used in schools, community centres, and public cinemas and brought to citizens at large through our growing network of 70+ public service television stations in 200 countries and territories. Each of THE WHY’s films reaches an estimated average of 100 million viewers, and we've just reached 16 million views on YouTube.

11:30 am - 12:40 pm Dis- & Misinformation as a Weapon of War


  • Volodymyr Sheiko, Ukrainian Institute
  • Per Byman, Norwegian Refugee Council Deutschland
  • Gabriel Shipton, Producer ITHAKA 
  • Host: Najla Faizy, Activist
12:40 pm - 1:40 pm Lunch Break

Enjoy a light lunch and use the opportunity to expand your network. 

1:40 pm - 2:00 pm Pitch: Only Human  

Being human means love, awareness, friendship, trust, empathy, freedom, and equality.

Almost motionless, the young woman looks into the camera while a tear slowly runs down her cheek. In the first part of the documentary series, the participants of the "Only human" project tell touching stories about their flight, their arrival and life in Germany, their difficulties, hopes and encounters. When, due to the war, many people fled to Germany in 2015, the non-profit association "music4everybody! e.V." started an integrative musical project with the aim of making it easier for young people with a refugee and migration background to arrive in Germany. Together with young local people and under the guidance of professional coaches, they build bridges between people of different cultures through art. Only Human is a journey that brings people together in a learning and healing process through dancing, singing, acting, and creating. The project creates a space where we can be free, independent of everything society imposes on us.


  • Katerina Giannakopoulou, Director
  • Matteo Sant'Unione, Producer
  • Vivian Schröder, Human Rights Film Festival Berlin
2:00 pm - 2:20 pm Pitch: Up in the Air  

9-year-old Sasha studies at the circus studio in Kharkiv, Ukraine. He devotes all his spare after-school time to practicing aerial exercises. His teacher and head of the studio Svetlana (50) sees him as a talented and promising artist. There are 100 kids studying in a circus studio. Svetlana’s son Zhenia (24) is an aerial gymnast too, a studio graduate, and he helps her with teaching kids. However, he has a different teaching approach and an ambition to develop his own modern circus. After the full-scale Russian invasion in February 2022, Svetlana and 26 circus children evacuate to Budapest. The Princess of Monaco invites them to perform in Monte Carlo in a show which is organized to support Ukraine. Zhenia stays in Kharkiv to defend their country.


  • Nataliia Pogudina, Producer
  • Oksana Syhareva, Director
  • Vivian Schröder, Human Rights Film Festival Berlin
2:20 pm - 3:30 pm Storytelling in Times of Crisis

Introduction: Alexander Sängerlaub, Bonn Institute, futur eins


3:30 pm - 3:50 pm Break

Enjoy some Coffee and Drinks and use the opportunity to network. 

3:50 pm - 5:00 pm The Hidden Power of Data Lies in Storytelling

Are we as a society still able to talk to each other without getting loud and insulting or feeling hurt just because someone doesn't share our point of view? How can we find more common ground? We would like to initiate an intensive discussion on how to combat disinformation and misinformation, what can be done to counter propaganda and how data and facts can be communicated in such a way that they cannot be misinterpreted or misused.


5:00 pm - 5:30 pm Daily Round-Up
  • Anna Ramskogler-Witt (Human Rights Film Festival Berlin) 
  • Vivian Schröder (Human Rights Film Festival Berlin)
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm End of Forum day / break

This concludes the Forum day. You can use the time for break and networking.  

Afterwards, we cordially invite you to our Public Talk on "Freedom of the Press: What is the Price of Truth?". (The Public Talk will be held in German and in the same premises).

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Freedom of the Press: What is the Price of Truth?

With the erosion of human rights and the strengthening of repressive regimes, freedom of the press is dwindling worldwide. More and more journalists are under enormous pressure and facing threats, and more and more of them are even being murdered. The price of reporting the truth has risen around the world, undermining one of the most important pillars of democracy. What can be done to counteract this negative trend? And what motivates journalists to keep going?


Alexander Sängerlaub, Bonn Institute, futur eins
Gabriel Shipton, Producer "Ithaka"
Christian Goiny, Member of the Berlin House of Representatives

Anna Ramskogler-Witt, Human Rights Film Festival Berlin

19. OCTOBER 2022