This year, the goals the Sustainale Development Goals are on of the main topics of the festival. Five years ago, the international community pledged to achieve 17 global goals. And the question of whether we achieve these goals (or not) will decide nothing less than the future of our planet and humanity. We have a maximum of 10 years left to get our planet (back) on track for a sustainable future. Therefore, the following applies to all of us: It is high time to act!
"Art is a true catalyst for unity and activism. It exists since the beginning of humanity and is a bridge connecting citizens around the globe. Such instruments are key to improve a better understanding of global situations and to encourage people at once to stand up for a just and prosperous world."
-Ban Ki-moon, 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations & Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens Co-chair, Opening-Speaker Human Rights Film Festival Berlin