Embassy Programme 2022/23

Over 15,000 visitors experienced the Human Rights Film Festival Berlin 2022 as a place of encounter, exchange and inspiration with over 40 outstanding international documentaries, numerous workshops and conferences.

Now you have the opportunity to become part of the Human Rights Film Festival Berlin at the embassies abroad! 

Together with the German Federal Foreign Office, we are very pleased to offer German embassies worldwide an exclusively curated selection of the most popular films of the Human Rights Film Festival Berlin 2022. All German embassies can select one or more films to be screened to representatives of local business, academia and/or civil society between 1 December 2022 and 31 April 2023.

For a film screening, we provide you with the film rights, the film copy, as well as promotional material and, if you are interested, we are also very happy to support you in organising a subsequent audience discussion. In addition, there is the possibility of organising the film screenings online according to the local pandemic conditions.

1) Please send an email to our contact person Antonia Kruse at akruse@aktiongegendenhunger.de or fill out the form below.
2) You will then receive a confirmation of the date with a request for the playback medium (MP4, DCP, online) as well as promotional materials by e-mail. 
3) If you would like to organise an audience discussion after the film, we will be happy to put you in touch directly with the filmmaker or local organisations. 
4) A few days before the event, you / your technical partner will receive the film file from us. 
5) The costs for the film rights are covered by us, with the support of the Federal Foreign Office.

Simon Lereng Wilmont
NE, FR, BE | 2022 | 87 min
Language Available: Ukrainian with English subtitles
On request also with Spanish / French subtitles



Even before the Russian invasion in 2022, life was hard for the children in this halfway house in Luhansk in eastern Ukraine. An endless longing for security and normality contest with drunk mothers, violent fathers and desperate poverty. Kolya, Eva and Sascha find refuge for a few short months in a worn-down orphanage near the front line. It's a haven of safety where tears can transform into soap bubbles and hugs end in scuffles. But it's a makeshift, temporary home. Soon after the director finished filming, the children of Luhansk had to flee a Russian attack.

Only on request / agreement with national distributors in the following territories: Australia / Denmark / Finland / Israel / New Zealand / Poland / Portugal / Spain / Sweden  / Turkey  / Ukraine

Simon Coulibaly Gillard
90 min | BE, FR | 2021
Language Available: Afrikaans & French with English subtitles



Aya is growing up in a hut by the sea. She likes to sleep in the sand, she is in love, she picks coconuts and looks after her little brother. When her mother asks her where she would like to live if she could choose freely, Aya answers: here, on Layou Island. But the water level is rising and the island off the Ivory Coast is sinking metre by metre into the sea. The old people say that it used to take two hours to walk from the cemetery to the water. Now the sea takes one grave after the other. The islanders have to rebury their dead, but even further inland they will not be safe. When the waves threaten her house, Aya comes to a decision.

Léa Clermont-Dion, Guylaine Maroist
78 min | CA | 2022
Language Available: Original (Italian, French, English) with English subtitles / with French subtitles / with Italien subtitles



‘A few tweets and messages on the internet, what can you do?’ But is that whole truth? More than 40,000 sexist insults, rape and death threats, a montage of a decapitated woman’s head, footage of a rape and house burglaries – there is no way that this kind of hatred simply stays online. Politicians Laura Boldrini and Kiah Morris, YouTuber Marion Séclin and young teacher Laurence Gratton are exposed to this violence offline, in real life. And they are left on their own with it. Can anything be done about it? The four women say: Yes! They are demanding that someone is finally held accountable and are challenging the major online platforms YouTube and Facebook, the state and the perpetrators themselves.

Tomáš Kratochvíl
78 min | CZ, SK, UK | 2022
Language Available: Original with English subtitles



Štefan Pongo has built himself a respectable life. The family man once emigrated from the Czech Republic to Great Britain, where he now lives with his wife and children in a terraced house and is happy when the grandchildren come to visit – until his life falls apart. Pongo is a truck driver and whiles away the long journeys on social media, where he sees a politician describing the Rom*nja as lazy, as people who refuse to work. Pongo reacts immediately. He streams a rebuttal live from his driver's cabin – and goes viral overnight. Suddenly, he is a hero with a voice. He establishes a movement campaigning for the rights of Rom*nja throughout Europe – which suits neither his wife nor everyone in his community.

Bernadette Vivuya, Kagoma Ya Twahirwa
72 min | CD, NL | 2022
Language Available: French with English subtitles



A woman covers her face with a scarf – she does not want to be filmed – but the camera continues to point at her. This scene is from a documentary by a Dutch film team. Their aim is to portray life in Goma, a large city in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. But are they even the right ones to tell this story? Should they stop filming instead? A discussion ensues. Together with filmmaker Kagoma Ya Twahirwa, Congolese filmmaker and journalist Bernadette Vivuya decides to re-edit the footage taken from a Western perspective and expand it by including a Congolese perspective. Can this dissolve the colonial gaze?

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20. DECEMBER 2022