Film festival - Cultural and biodiversity

May 21: The Importance of Bio & Cultural Diversities

On May 21 The Swedish Human Rights Film Festival will mark the UN World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. We decided to highlight this day by focusing on the connection between cultural diversity and biodiversity.

To represent Cultural Diversity, we have chosen to screen the beautiful and thought provoking documentary “Honeyland” directed by Tamara Kotevska, and Ljubomir Stefanov.

About the movie

The film portrays humanity’s balance with the ecosystem through Hatidže, one of the world’s last wild beekeepers following an ancient tradition keeping bees. The film raises questions on consumerism, biodiversity, human rights, and cultural diversity.

The screening of the movie will take place both at our cinema partner, Kino and online for residents of  Iceland, Norway, Finland, Estonia and Lithuania. For a full experience we recommend you to screen it at 15.30 just before the panel discussion. You can also watch the movie in Swedish here.

Panel Discussion

Indeed, at 17.00 you are welcome to join an interesting discussion moderated by Alejandro Fuentes,  with the participation of Claudia Ituarte-Lima, both Senior Researchers at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute, and Pernilla Malmer, Senior Advisor at SwedBio. International experts will discuss the impact of biodiversity changes on cultural diversity, and in particular on small communities, including indigenous people. They will also question the role of Human rights in the protection of both cultural diversity and biodiveristy.

Register for the panel discussion on Zoom here 


Dr. Claudia Ituarte-Lima is an international public lawyer and scholar with direct experience in international law and policy making (PhD, University College London; MPhil, University of Cambridge). For the last 20 years, she has specialized on environmental law (biodiversity and climate law) and human rights. Her methodology ranges from case studies and collaborative research in Latin America, Southeast Asia and Eastern Africa, to legal analysis examining the interactions of international legal regimes. She provides expert advice to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat, and conducts joint projects with UN Development Programme, UN Environment and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Dr. Ituarte-Lima is senior researcher at Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, visiting scholar at University of British Columbia and a researcher at Stockholm University.

Alejandro Fuentes is a Senior Researcher at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. He received his PhD (in International Law) and LL.M (in Comparative and European Legal Studies) from Trento University (It.), and Law degree from the University of Córdoba (Arg.). His research focuses on international human rights law, in particular on international and regional systems of human rights protection, cultural diversity and identity, groups, minority and indigenous people rights, and human rights education.


Pernilla Malmer - Biodiversity Pernilla Malmer is Senior Advisor at SwedBio, a Sida-supported programme on biodiversity and resilience at Stockholm Resilience Centre, where she works with Indigenous peoples and local communities knowledge, innovations and practices regarding biodiversity governance, and their related rights to their land and self-determination. Her work relates to local to global policy processes, such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)  and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR), in particular the right to a safe clean healthy and sustainable environment.

Since 2015, The Raoul Wallenberg Institute and Kino have hosted the Swedish Human Rights Film Festival in Lund. The Film Festival unites movies with human rights, together with panel discussions with international experts. Topics as climate change, gender equality and refugees have been covered over the past six years. This year, we are organising our annual Swedish Human rights Film Festival through online events all year round. To know more about our past events, please visit our website.

This event was made possible thanks to the generous support from our contributors:

Photo by Ja Kubislav on Unsplash

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