Highlights Human Rights Forum 2020

Highlights of the Human Rights Film Forum

Generalsekretär der UN - Antonio Guterres

Thank you for participating and supporting this year’s Human Rights Film Festival Berlin and our new Human Rights Film Forum. Despite the challenges that this festival edition faced, we are happy to announce that it has been our most successful festival with over 10,000 participants.

With key note speeches by the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and festival patron Nadia Muradformer UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-mooncurrent UN Secretary-General António Guterres and the Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya the festival took a strong standing for human rights and freedom of expression.

Today we would like to use the opportunity and highlight some of the impressive conversations we had during the Forum:


Lisa Witter


Lisa Witter (Apolitical) gave a quick intro into the interconnection of the SDGs and the role that storytelling can play in our aim to reaching them.

Listen to Lisa Witter

The Panel "Feminist Transformation in the Food Systems" offered a better understanding of the necessity to ensure the rights and justice for women and marginalized groups by fighting power imbalance and systematic patriarchy at community level in order to stop hunger worldwide.

Listen to Cornelia Richter (Aktion gegen den Hunger), Martin Hoppe (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development - BMZ), Valentin Thurn (Director), Naima Imam Chowdhury (Action Against Hunger Canada), Mwandwe Chileshe (Global Citizen).

Rebecca Freitag explained in her closing key-note how the Sustainable Development Goals are often seen as just three dimensional - ecological, social and economic - missing the fourth dimension: a cultural one that goes beyond ratings, reasoning and numbers.
Listen to Rebecca Freitag (Ambassador fort the Rights of Future Generations)

Andrew Gilmour


Andrew Gilmour (Berghof Foundation) held an outstanding opening key-note about the necessity to stop thinking in sectors and rather looking for a holistic approach to the challenges we are facing. He highlighted how climate change has a direct influence on everything from armed conflicts to radicalization and why climate activists and human rights activists need to start working together now.

Listen to Andrew Gilmours impressive opening key-note.

MIT professor William Uricchio and Inga von Staden (Interactive Media Foundations) highlighted the potential of multi-platform formats (documentary, Virtual Reality, gaming, podcasts etc.) to communicate and raise awareness for climate change.

Listen to the conversation between Inga von Staden & William Uricchio

Internationally renowned author Ilija Trojanow spoke on the third and last day of the Climate Story Lab about the role of literature in the world of storytelling, and highlighted how literature can display multifaceted challenges. He emphasized that we need to demand greater change and to switch our focus from small steps with limited impact towards radical utopian thinking and an essential questioning of our global economic system.

Listen to Ilija Trojanow in conversation with Jan Sebastian Friedrich-Rust (Aktion gegen den Hunger)



Acts of sexual and gender-based violence are not stand-alone phenomena. Rather, they are a product of structural discrimination based on other grounds, such as class, race, ethnicity or religion, and the ensuing inequalities.
Listen to the conversation with Christina Lamb (Author), Ifeoma Fafunwa (Theater Director), Bernadette Vivuya (Yole! Africa), Hannah Reyes Morales (Photographer) and Kristina Wolff (Activist) on best practices.



We need to combat fake news and disinformation in order to survive as a free and democratic society. Therefore, we have to start with understanding and analysing forms and origins of fake news and we need to widen our storytelling tools so that we can reach a broader range of people.
Listen to the conversation with Douglas Herman (director "Even After Death"), Michael Ruf (director, "Mittelmeer Dialoge"), Dr. Nicole Rieber (Berghof Foundation) moderated by Anna Ramskogler-Witt (Director Human Rights Film Festival Berlin).

Schöne Momente

If you would like to learn more about the Forum, if you would like to become a partner or if you would like to support our efforts, please do not hesitate and contact Anna Ramskogler-Witt (info@hrffb.de).

3. JANUARY 2022