FiSahara is an annual human rights film festival held in the camps in Algeria for Sahrawi refugees from Western Sahara. The festival is scheduled for April 2020 and will reach 5000 visitors, including youth, women and children. Every year the festival has a human rights theme and film screening are followed by discussions aiming to transform the passive audience into active participants. The impact grant is aimed at strengthening organisational skills and local capacities to carry out the festival activities. The overall objective of FiSahara is to use film as a tool for social transformation for the refugees from the Western Sahara.
Catapulta Festival Nacional de Artes Audiovisuales y Derechos Humanos
The Catapulta Festival Nacional de Artes Audiovisuales y Derechos Humanos is a new festival in Tucumán, in the northern region of Argentina. It’s organised by Andhes, a non-profit working on social change based on human rights and democracy. It will be an intensive three day programme in November 2019 focusing on the rights of the LGBTI population. Around 10 films will be screened followed by debates and filmtalks after the screenings. The screenings venues are cultural and through community traveling cinema they also reach community centres in the outskirts of Tucumán.
Taturana Film Festival
Around the International Day of Democracy in September 2019 the first edition of the 5 days Taturana Film Festival will be organised in São Paulo. Screenings take place in four different neighbourhoods where there are no commercial cinemas. Both fiction and documentaries with the theme democracy will be screened followed by debates. They target youth, students and human rights activist to stimulate their active political participation aiming to reach 3000 visitors. Besides the festival, one of the films will be available to organise screening in other parts of Brazil to promote debate on human rights and democracy.
Malawi Film Festival
In September 2019 the third edition of the Malawi Film Festival took place in Nsanje, in southern Malawi. Two films were screened in 8 communities, reaching a total of 11.500 visitors. The NGO Positivo Malawi uses arts to boost discussion around important social issues. Screenings and debates, about women’s rights and environmental challenges, took place indoors in schools and churches. In the end, many visitors committed themselves to end the use of plastic bags, to carry out clean-ups in and around the market and to advocate against the polluting sugar industry.
One Step Film Forum
The first edition of the new One Step Film Forum in Myanmar will take place from 11 - 13 October in Yangon. Following this, the festival will travel to four other cities in Myanmar in November and December 2019. They screen films highlighting human rights, justice, peace and harmony made by independent filmmakers from Myanmar and other countries from South East Asia. Throughout the year screenings at universities will be organised. The desired audience consists of human rights activists, film enthusiasts, grassroots communities and university students and they expect to reach around 3000 visitors.
Aks International Minorities Festival
The 5th Aks International Minorities Festival will be organised in two parts. From 15-30 November 2019 in Lahore and Karachi screenings will be organised at universities and public venues followed by panel discussions. Early 2020 in 5 cities the main festival will take place focusing on creating safe platforms to organize film, art and dialogue events for minorities and marginalized communities in Pakistan. For the first time the festival will open up more to non-minorities audiences to create more awareness about minority issues. The screenings of the 70 films (including 50 shorts) aim to attract 3000 visitors.
Chalta Phirta Documentary Festival
The Chalta Phirta Documentary Festival is expanding from 3 to 10 cities in Pakistan screening 11 documentaries. It’s organised by the Documentary Association Pakistan (DAP), promoting the art of documentary films in Pakistan and the Interactive Recourse Centre, a media organization striving for empowerment of marginalized members of the society through art based development and media advocacy. Screenings take place between August 2019 and August 2020 reaching 2800 visitors including students, aspiring filmmakers and cultural workers. In every city film screenings are organised in academic institutions and community and cultural spaces followed by discussion with local experts and human rights defenders.
Mapping the Road for People’s Cinema in the Philippines
Mapping the Road for People’s Cinema in the Philippines is a multi-island festival in 12 locations with films about the Philippines and issues at stake. After each screening of the 10 films discussions and debates are organised reaching 6000 visitors. It also involves a conference that aims to create a national alliance for small-scale alternative cinema distribution in the Philippines. The project is organised by Cinema Is Incomplete, an organisation of cultural workers and artists to bring socially relevant films to marginalized communities.
Sürdürülebilir Yasam Film Günleri
Sürdürülebilir Yasam Film Günleri (Sustainable Living Film Days) will organise the first edition of a touring programme through 10 Turkish cities. They will screen 12 films that were part of earlier editions of the affiliated Sustainable Living Film Festival. The festivals in each city consists of two days of screenings in universities and cultural centres followed by talks and panels aiming for 3000 visitors. In each town local (human rights) NGO’s are involved to create awareness about human rights and common ground for collaboration.
Which Human Rights? Film Festival
In December 2019 the 10th edition of Which Human Rights? Film Festival takes place in Istanbul, Turkey. During the five day event around 35 films will be screened in three cultural venues in (European and Asian) parts of Istanbul. The main theme this year is forced disappearances, while other topics include women’s rights, refugees rights, LGBTI+ rights. The festival aims to reach 4000 visitors and also includes several side events such as round table discussions, forums and talks on humanitarian issues featuring prominent human rights activists in Turkey.
Muestra de Cine de Derechos Humanos
The first edition of Muestra de Cine de Derechos Humanos (human rights film show) takes place in November 2019. Screenings and debates will be organised in the capital Caracas and two other cities. The festival is organised by Gran Cine, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion and distribution of good cinema in Venezuela. Besides 22 screenings in movie theatres, 2 open air screenings will be held on a public square. The films deal with situations of human rights in non-democratic countries and will be followed by debates.