Malawi Film Festival 2018
Using art to boost discussion on important social issues, is what Positivo Malawi stands for. Malawi is one of the least developed countries in the world, where most people do not have access to watching films on large screen. This year’s edition will focus on child labour and inclusion of marginalized groups, LGBT specifically. The festival will travel to four regions in the North, Centre and South of Malawi, reaching up to 8.000 people, in particular those living in remote areas, youngsters and local, traditional and religious leaders.
14th Free Zone Belgrade Film Festival
The 14th Free Zone Film Festival will screen up to 25 engaged art house films on issues of human rights in Europe and worldwide. Founded in 2005, the festival has been aiming to draw audience’s attention to burning social issues. The 2018 edition will take place in three cities in Serbia. 26.000 visitors are expected to attend. Primary focus is on addressing day-to day discrimination between majority and minority groups in society, with special attention for the 50th anniversary of the 1968 students’ demonstrations.
Kosovo, Serbia, Macedonia
MobiKino Mobile Cinema for Human Rights
The second edition of Mobile Cinema for Human Rights has been organised from mid-July to mid-August 2018 in Kosovo, Serbia and Macedonia. In a mobile cinema van, MobiKino visited five different towns in the region to screen four human rights documentaries in an open air setting. The films, all produced in the region and addressing local circumstances, were accompanied by debates on several human rights issues. The festival attracted over 1.200 visitors. Many local youth were involved in MobiKino as volunteers to set up the film screenings. The festival had a significant impact; especially women and girls in patriarchal regions were very inspired.
Bajo Nuestra Piel
The film festival Bajo Nuestra Piel will touch upon Bolivia’s most pressing and topical human rights issues, like domestic violence, rights of indigenous people, access to health care and access to justice. Being successful in attracting 17.000 visitors last year, the Bajo Nuestra Piel is back for another edition, now attempting to reach 20.000 people. This year cooperation has been sought with UNIFRANZ University, which allows the festival to enter campuses and reach students in either Cochabamba or Santa Cruz as well.
Fifth International Human Rights Film Festival Bogotá
Building peace in Colombia is the core focus of the International Human Rights Film Festival Bogota, that celebrates its fifth edition in 2018. Since its first edition, the festival has realized remarkable growth in many aspects, from the number of films to the size of the venues and number of visitors attending. Since 2013 audience turn-out rose from 1.100 to 16.000. And this trend will continue in 2018, when 20.000 visitors are expected to attend the screenings foreseen in 26 venues, in cities like Bogota, Medellin, Cartagena and Barranquilla, and in more remote areas.
Karama Yemen Human Rights Film Festival
From 4 – 8 October 2018 Yemen’s first-ever human rights film festival will take place in the capital city of Sana’a. Even before the war started in 2015, Yemen suffered from problems like limited freedom of speech and women's rights, but since the war broke out the situation has become worse. Yemen Will Triumph is determined to create positive change. With the theme Bring It to Light! the Karama Yemen Human Rights Film Festival focuses on the importance of educating the Yemeni society about their rights, democracy and peace and aims to attract 1.500 visitors.
Sama-Bhav Traveling Film Festival
The second edition of the traveling festival Sama-Bhav Festival, focusing on gender and sexuality, will be targeting audiences in colleges and universities. At each location the two-day festival will present 18 films. Men Against Violence and Abuse (MAVA) aims to bring together people from all genders. One of the expected results of this festival is to build social media communities among the 2400 expected visitors.
Freedom FilmFest is Malaysia’s only international human rights documentary film festival. The festival is organized by the Freedom Film Network, a network of social filmmakers and human rights activists. The main event is the festival in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, from 29 September to 7 October 2018, where at least 30-40 films are screened, followed by discussions and workshops. Then the festival will visit key cities nationwide, reaching an expected total number of 7.000 visitors.
In the second half of 2018, Fundación Nativo will organise FICMA Venezuela, in order to inform and sensitize the indigenous communities about environmental and human rights issues. The film selection was made in cooperation with FICMA Barcelona, including some of the awarded films. These environmental and human rights films will be screened at universities in Caracas and will travel to twelve indigenous communities in the Bolivár state. Organisers expect to attract a total of 4.000 visitors.