Talking Humanity

"Talking Humanity" is the new conversation series of the Human Rights Film Festival Berlin. Together with our partners, we invite internationally renowned personalities to discuss current issues. With its minimalist format, the series deliberately offers a counterpoint to the flood of news and invites the audience to take an in-depth look at selected issues alongside the experts. Together we want to examine the topics from different perspectives, discuss them in a controversial way and, above all, contribute to an open dialogue.

Attendance is free of charge, but we kindly ask you to register in advance. The events will be held in German. The venue is the Festival hub at Berlin's Villa Elisabeth. The list of experts will be continuously updated.

14 October, 6.30 p.m. 

Restitution: Africa’s Fight for Restitution 

Who owns the African art in Europe’s museums? Together with experts, we will explore the question of why African art treasures stolen during the colonial period were not returned to the countries of origin long ago and how can we enable exchange between former colonial powers and those who suffered under them in order to finally solve this issue on equal footing.

Njobati Sylvie, Activist with a focus on restitution and multimedia artist

In Conversation:  
Bénédicte Savoy, Professor, Head of Department for Modern Art History at the TU Berlin
Tahir Della, Spokesperson Initiative Black People in Germany
Stefan Rössel, Commissioner for Foreign Cultural Policy, Federal Foreign Office
Celia Parbey, Journalist

After the discussion the film "Restitution? Africa's Fight for Its Art" will be shown. 



15 October, 4.30 p.m. 

Crisis Hopping:
What Do We Care About Yesterday’s Wars and Conflicts

The world of current affairs is fast-moving, and yesterday’s headlines will be replaced by new ones tomorrow. What remains are the crises and conflict regions of this world that need more attention in order to not be forgotten. We cry out about human rights abuses and humanitarian crises as quickly as we skip past them. What remains are the regions and people who need our help. Can we find a way to not forget human suffering while addressing it in an appropriate matter?

A discussion with

Mohammed Amjahid, Journalist
Mura Camann, Johanniter
Alexander Lurz, Greenpeace 
Jan Sebastian Friedrich Rust, Aktion gegen den Hunger


starting at 4.30 p.m.

Alex Berlin

16. October, 5.00 pm

Kira Vinke „Sturmnomaden“

Kira Vinke, Director of the Centre for Climate and Foreign Policy of the German Council for Foreign Policy, puts a face and gives a voice to the people threatened by the climate crisis in her groundbreaking book, backed by research and global fact-finding missions.

Moderation: Lisa Jörke, Aktion gegen den Hunger



16 October, 6.30 p.m. 

Divided Society:
How do we create more Global Justice?

Driven by the pandemic, the climate crisis and wars, the gap between rich and poor is getting bigger. It not only affects individuals but is also jeopardising social cohesion and the functioning of democracies worldwide. While the majority have less and less, a few have more and more. How can we counteract this dangerous dynamic in times of multiple crises?

A discussion with

Lilli Amankwah, Bonn Institute
Neven Subotić, Neven Subotic Stiftung
Florian Westphal, Save the Children
Njoki Njehu, Feminist and Activist
Selmin H. Çalışkan, Expert for Human Rights and International Partnerships

co-curated by  Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) 


17 October, 6.00 p.m. 

Development and Diplomacy: With Feminism against Hunger?

Not least since the new German Foreign and Development ministers Annalena Baerbock and Svenja Schulze took office, feminist foreign and development policy has become a hot topic in Germany. But what is hidden behind these terms and what are the chances these policies will help overcome global inequality and hunger?


Gollaleh Ahmadi, Member of the Berlin House of Representatives
Anna Ramskogler-Witt, Human Rights Film Festival Berlin

Aya Chebbi, Nala Feminist Collective
Hannah Neumann, Member of the European Parliament
Bärbel Kofler, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development


17. October, 7.30 pm

Exclusive Preview: The Climate Monologues

Droughts, floods, storms. Uninhabitable zones and distribution struggles are spreading. The window of opportunity to act is getting smaller and smaller. The Climate Monologues tell of the worldwide struggles of a wide variety of people against climate change. 

At the HRFFB, Sara Hiruth-Zoudi offers an exclusive preview of one of the Climate Monologues. The focus is on the struggle of a young woman from Bangladesh who tries to defy the increasingly frequent and stronger cyclones.

This will be followed by a discussion with the author and director of the Climate Monologues, Michael Ruf, on the topic "How should we tell stories about the climate crisis?". Michael Ruf is the founder of "Wort und Herzschlag". His plays Asylum Monologues, Asylum Dialogues, NSU Monologues and Mediterranean Monologues have been performed more than 900 times, including at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg.


18 October, 6.30 p.m.

A close Look at War – Reporting from Ukraine

In war, it is often said, the truth dies first. Putin's war against Ukraine is a particular example of massive and effective propaganda of lies. To better understand events, we depend on accurate reporting. But how free is reporting in war? How much does the war determine its focus and language? Documentary filmmaker Kristof Gerega wanted to capture the political awakening of a new generation in Ukraine after the Euromaidan in 2014 – his film title "Beyond Revolution - Fighting for Democracy" (German: „Generation Euromaidan - Sehnsucht nach Demokratie“) has also had a literal meaning since the war began. How does the domestic fight against corruption continue today, in the defensive struggle against Russia? As chief reporter for "Cicero", Moritz Gathmann has been reporting from Ukraine on and off since February 2022. How do you fight for the truth in this war?

A discussion with

Natascha Freundel, Journalist
Moritz Gathmann, Journalist
Kristof Gerega, Director


18 October, 8.30 p.m.

Live Podcast: My PoC Bookshelf

Podcast with Georgina Fakunmoju and Josephine Apraku

Georgina Fakunmoju will host author Josephine Apraku who just published her new book 'Kluft und Liebe: Warum soziale Ungleichheit uns in Liebesbeziehungen trennt und wie wir zueinanderfinden'. With ‘My PoC Bookshelf’ Georgina Fakunmoju is making Black, Indigenous and PoC knowledge, cultures and experiences visible in all their diversity and wants to create representation for BIPoCs in Germany who do not feel seen or acknowledged by white perspectives. 


19 October, 6.30 p.m. 

Freedom of the Press: What is the Price of Truth?

With the erosion of human rights and the strengthening of repressive regimes, freedom of the press is dwindling worldwide. More and more journalists are under enormous pressure and facing threats, and more and more of them are even being murdered. The price of reporting the truth has risen around the world, undermining one of the most important pillars of democracy. What can be done to counteract this negative trend? And what motivates journalists to keep going?


Alexander Sängerlaub, Bonn Institute, futur eins
Gabriel Shipton, Producer "Ithaka"
Christian Goiny, Member of the Berlin House of Representatives
Anna Ramskogler-Witt, Human Rights Film Festival Berlin


20 October, 1 pm

Education: The foundation of the future

Globally, more than 244 million children are currently out of school, and nearly half of all children on flight have no access to education. The consequences are severe. On the one hand, the lack of good education often results in unemployment and accompanying poverty. On the other hand, children who grow up in regions severely affected by poverty and crises and have no access to education are at a much higher risk of being married off early and becoming victims of child labor and violence. Together with the Global Partnership for Education, international actors from politics, civil society and culture discuss how to counteract this negative trend and how education can be a solution to current crises and the challenges of tomorrow.

Curated by Global Partnership for Education.

  • Maryam and Nivaal Rehman (hosts): Journalistst, filmmakers and GPE Youth Ambassadors 
  • Charles North (panelist): Acting Chief Executive Officer Global Partnership for Education 
  • Sheba George (panelist): Education Finance and Advocacy Consultant (SEEK Development)
  • Malte Pfau (panelist): Speaker of GCE Germany (Globale Bildungskampagne / GBK) 
  • Sunniva Ferri (panelist): Climate, resilience and education advocate 


20 October, 6.30 p.m. 

Children on the Net: How to Combat Abuse Without Violating Privacy Rights?

It is the world’s fastest growing crime: distributing child pornography on the internet. And Europe is a hub of distribution. What can we do to counter abuse on the internet? What role will the planned European data protection regulation play in this? And what influence will it have on our privacy?

Lisa Paus (Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth)

A discussion with

Nikki Holmes, Child Wise
Linda Vierecke, Journalist
Daniel Moßbrucker, Journalist 


18. OCTOBER 2022