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

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


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, 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