Human Rights Film Festival Berlin

Human Rights Film Festival Berlin 

Documentaries are a powerful means to inspire people and raise awareness of human rights violations.

The Human Rights Film Festival Berlin (HRFFB) returns as a hybrid on- & offline festival back to the heart of the German capital from September 16 - 25 September. For 10 days, the festival will focus on stories from all parts of the world that vividly address and reflect on human action, 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.

Human Rights Film Forum

Film and art have the power to inspire and encourage, to shake up, to point out grievances and to denounce injustice.

The Human Rights Film Forum is an international platform to discuss storytelling in the context of human rights, activism and empowerment. Together with international experts, we will explore transdisciplinary synergies, share our knowledge and learn from each other. Within the four-day program, the forum will showcase best case examples, offer new perspectives and approaches, and build a platform for cultural actors, film professionals, as well as activists and representatives of civil society organizations to join forces.

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Our Festival

The Human Rights Film Festival Berlin shows stories of courageous individuals and communities on both sides of the lens, bears witness to human rights violations and creates a forum to gain new perspectives on our world. Founded and organized by the nonprofit organization Aktion gegen den Hunger, HRFFB aims to inspire, influence and educate people – opening their eyes and minds to the concept of human rights through the powerful medium of film. Functioning as a bridge between NGOs, filmmakers, journalists and the public audience, we seek to inspire and engage audiences with social justice and human rights issues. Through film screenings followed by Q&As we aim to foster a lively discussion on some of the most pressing topics of our time.

Access to Human Rights

Films allow us to create a unique platform for connection, workshops and discussions. We achieve awareness and change. We want to stand up for human rights – together!

Cultural Center Berlin

is the international icon of reunification. A symbol of coming together. A modern example of overcoming borders and breaking down barriers. The city is a melting pot of cultures, languages and ethnicities - and since the fall of the wall, it has become a rich and vibrant centre for art, music and cinema.

Mission of the Festival

Our idea is to inspire, influence and educate people - opening their eyes and their minds to the concept of universal human rights. Using the platform of the Human Rights Film Festival we aim to provide people with new perspectives and points of view.

Initiator of the Festival

The festival was launched by Aktion gegen den Hunger in 2018. The aim: to move people and bring about a change in thinking and acting. The international humanitarian and development organisation works for people in need in around 50 countries around the world. For 40 years they have been fighting hunger and malnutrition, providing access to clean water and health care, providing emergency aid and helping people to build sustainable livelihoods.

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