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, five new corporate sponsors are onboard. These are Digital Scorecard, Kunskapspartner, Sällberg & Co, Flamingon Fastigheter 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

18.30: Firecrackers

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

30-minute Q&A discussion with: Maria Tonini, who is a researcher at the department of Gender Studies, Lund University.  She has worked on LGBTQ recognition, masculinity, and gendered vulnerability.


Thursday March 21

18.30: Gaza Surf Club

Swedish premiere! 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

30-minute skype Q&A discussion with: Ibrahim N. Arafat. He is the surfer from Gaza featured in the documentary. As well as Mahmoud abu Rahma. He is a Palestinian human rights activist and International Relations Director with Al Mezan Center for Human Rights.

Moderator: Markus Gunneflo, Senior Lecturer in Public International Law, Faculty of Law, Lund University, who has dedicated his research to investigate different aspects of public international law regarding the Israeli occupation and blockade of the Gaza strip.


Friday, March 22

19.15: Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

Swedish premiere! 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: 

Flaviano Bianchini, founder and director of Source International. Source equips communities and grassroots citizen organizations with the ability to measure the harmful consequences of natural resource extraction and bring lawsuits against their perpetrators.

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:Spyros A. Sofos, a researcher at Lund University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and Johanna Caminati Engström, a MSc student of International Development and Management at Lund University with a background in Human Rights Studies and an interest in global justice issues and global governance challenges.

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.

Moderator: Dr. Charles C. Jalloh is the Fulbright Lund Distinguished Chair in Public International Law (2018-2019) at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute and in the Lund University Faculty of Law, Sweden.

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.

The moderator is Kotada Yonus, co-founder of Aktarr.se, a large Arabic language news website in Sweden.

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

30-minute skype Q&A with: Samantha Mugatsia, actress who plays Kena in Rafiki.

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

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

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