Swedish Human Rights Film Festival: These Are the Films


Tickets are now on sale for the fourth Swedish Human Rights Film Festival. It will take place in Lund from March 20-24, 2019.

Above all, you should buy your tickets here now before they sell out!

“The Swedish Human Rights Film Festival offers a great opportunity to get up-to-date perspectives to today’s human rights issues,” says Zigne Edström. She has, for example, attended the festival for three years in a row. “Often the classroom cannot provide this,” she says.

Swedish Human Rights Film FestivalThis year’s festival shows eight films, drama and documentary. In addition, several premiere for the first time in Sweden. They focus on a range of key issues affecting us all. For instance, #MeToo, climate change, LGBTQ issues and migration. In other words, the Swedish Human Rights Film Festival offers a unique blend of new human rights films.

And the films are combined with fresh analysis from researchers and experts, and several directors will participate in Q&A’s. In conclusion, the films and discussions join to create an entertaining, exciting and educational experience.

The festival is co-produced by the Raoul Wallenberg Institute and the municipality of LundKino/Folkets Bio in Lund screens all the films. In addition, Lund University and the Association of Foreign Affairs in Lund are cooperation partners.

Furthermore, this year, four new corporate sponsors are onboard. These are Digital Scorecard, Kunskapspartner, Sällberg & Co, and White Arkitekter.

Visit the festival website to see all the full trailers and purchase tickets.

Swedish Human Rights Film Festival programme 

Wednesday, March 20

10.00: Firecrackers (School Screening)

A Canadian drama following two young women as they face marginalization and struggle in a patriarchal society (93 min, drama).
Director: Jasmin Mozaffari
Q&A discussion with: TBA

18.30: Firecrackers

Q&A discussion with: Director Jasmin Mozaffari will participate in a 30-minute discussion via skype.

Thursday March 21

10.00: Gaza Surf Club (School Screening)

A documentary following local surfers weary of the constant state of emergency they live in. They attempt to find the meaning to life through surfing (87 min, doc).
Director: Philip Gnadt

Q&A discussion with: TBA

18.30: Gaza Surf Club

30-minute skype Q&A discussion with: Ibrahim N. Arafat. He is the surfer from Gaza featured in the documentary.

Friday, March 22

10.00: Breathless (School Screening)

A documentary covering the gripping story of the fight of individuals against a booming and deadly asbestos industry (70min, doc).
Director: Daniel Lambo

Q&A discussion with: TBA

19.15: Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

A documentary at the intersect of art and science. It depicts humanity’s massive re-engineering of the planet (87 min, doc).
Directors: Edward Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal, and Nicholas de Pencier

Q&A discussion with:

Saturday, March 23

13.00: Capernaum

A drama that draws attention to the plight of children in Beirut’s slums and the situation people without ID cards find themselves in (121 min, doc).
Director: Nadine Labaki
Q&A discussion with: TBA

16.00: Under the Wire

A documentary about the violations of international humanitarian law in Syria and the impact on people there (95 min, doc).
Director: Chris Martin

Q&A with Lina Biscaia, the former Acting Chief Analyst of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria.

Sunday, March 24

13.00: Central Airport THF

A documentary that offers a glimpse into the lives of refugees being housed in an old airport. It strikes a perfect balance between people and locale (100 min, doc).
Director: Karim Aïnouz

Q&A panel discussion with: Eleni Karageorgiou. She is an international lawyer focusing on migration and asylum law in the European Asylum System. Eleni currently works as a senior lecturer at Lund University, Faculty of Law and conducts research for RWI’s People on the Move work.

16.00: Rafiki

A drama about two Kenyan women who fall in love and are forced to choose between love and safety (83 min, drama).
Director: Wanuri Kahiu
Q&A discussion with: TBA

18.30: Breathless

A documentary covering the gripping story of the fight of individuals against a booming and deadly asbestos industry (70min, doc).
Director: Daniel Lambo

Q&A panel discussion with: Tublu Krishnendu Mukherjee, barrister and Indian advocate at Doughty Street Chambers in London.