In times of totalitarian governments, freedom of press and speech are increasingly under threat in many parts of the world. But the resistance of numerous courageous people gives reason for hope: fearlessly and unconditionally they stand up for a "free world" and in doing so increasingly often endanger themselves. The Human Rights Film Festival Berlin offers a platform for six stories and introduces the courageous actors behind them.
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In an era of eroded journalism, fragmented audiences, and consolidated corporate power, 40 journalists from 15 countries work together to support the work of local reporters who, as a result of their pursuit of truth, have been threatened, jailed or killed. Green Blood is an unprecedented collaborative investigation uncovering the dangerous practices of three mining companies operating in India, Guatemala, and Tanzania, that exposes crimes against humanity and the environment.
Since the summer of 2019, hundreds of thousands of supporters of the Hong Kong democracy movement have been taking to the streets each week to demonstrate, but the feeling of independence is slowly dissolving in the fog of tear gas. This film is an explosive, emotional narrative from the epicenter of the protest telling the story of seven people: two opposing political candidates, a tea shop owner, a taxi driver, a police officer, and a paramedic.
In Südafrika fällt einer Gruppe investigativer Journalist*innen eine tickende Zeitbombe in die Hände: ein riesiges Datenleck, das die korrupten Verflechtungen des südafrikanischen Staates mit Privatpersonen aufdeckt – darunter auch der südafrikanische Präsident Zuma. So konnte eine einzige Familie die wirtschaftliche Leistung einer ganzen Nation zu ihrem eigenen Vorteil nutzen. Vor einer gerichtlichen Untersuchungskommission wird auch Zuma als Zeuge vorgeladen. Seine Verteidigung: Das sind alles Lügen und Fake News.
Her first song made her famous, her latest one made her a political refugee. With a single song about her home country, the Vietnamese singer Mai Khoi gained money, popularity, and the blessing of the Communist Party. Now, she realizes that she can no longer remain silent about the current political situation. Despite intimidation from the regime, she steps up her critique and records her new album "Dissent", in which she calls for freedom of speech and democracy — and flees the country the day of its release.
An intimate portrait of the world-famous photographer Jan Grarup.As a war photographer, Grarup often risks his life, but at home in Copenhagen, he is the father of four children. Suddenly, he becomes a single parent and has to rethink his concept of life. Photographer of War gives an insight into the working reality of a war photographer, while also revealing a psychological portrait of a man who has spent 25 years documenting the horrors of war and must now face a new, inner struggle.
The incorruptible journalist Carmen Aristegui is one of the few voices in Mexico with the courage to speak the truth. As a result, millions listen as she unveils a corruption scandal involving the president—a story that gets her fired. The population breaks out in protest and the journalist’s fight for freedom of the press begins. We accompany her as she continues to speak out and coordinate a team of investigative journalists through the poisoned Mexican media landscape on her own news platform.