HRFFB 2020

HRFFB 2020

Documentaries can be a effective tool to inspire people and raise their awareness of human rights violations. 

From 30. September - 10. October  2020, the Human Rights Film Festival Berlin (HRFFB) returns to the heart of the German capital as a hybrid on- & offline festival under the motto "The Future Is Now". For 10 days, the festival will focus on stories from all parts of the world that vividly address and reflect on human actions, the socio-political status quo and fundamental issues such as democracy, justice, freedom and environmental protection. Through discussions and Q&As with filmmakers, activists and experts, the festival creates a platform to gain new perspectives on our world.

The film programme will be published here in August 2020.

"As we all know, documentaries are essential for the individual and our society to fight for human dignity and justice. I hope that more people will take up social issues and work with film, art and literature to defend human rights and social justice."

– Ai Weiwei, Honorary President of the HRFFB


In 2020, the festival will be accompanied by a Human Rights Film Forum for the first time. This forum creates an interdisciplinary platform for exchange, knowledge transfer and idea development. The core of the forum will be a Climate Story Lab, during which experts, activists and storytellers will develop new strategies for communicating the climate crisis for four days. In addition, the forum is devoted to the debate on resistance against populism and fake news (in times of Corona), deals with different approaches of storytelling on (conflict-based) sexualised, sexual and gender-based violence and offers space for a conference on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.

More information on the Human Rights Film Forum

Accreditation for the Human Rights Film Forum is available from July for filmmakers, scientists, experts, NGO employees, activists, students, cultural workers and journalists.

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1. JUNE 2020