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Documentary Film Series "Cinema and Human Rights"

CINEMA AND HUMAN RIGHTS: Purgatorio

Start: 26.05.2014 - 18:00

Location: Topkino (Rahlgasse 1, 1060 Wien)

Rodrigo Reyes // Mexico and USA// 2013 // 80 min. // SEN

'Close your eyes. Try to imagine what the world was like when borders did not exist.' PURGATORIO is an epic meditation on the meaning of borders. By capturing a stunning mosaic of compelling characters and broken landscapes that live on the US-Mexico border, director Rodrigo Reyes reflects on the flaws of human nature and the powerful absurdities we have brought into the world.

(Source: www.imdb.com/title/tt2955804/plotsummary?ref_=tt_ov_pl)

Trailer: http://youtu.be/FCrY_CAL8Ao

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the director.

The event is held in English.

To reserve a ticket please contact Topkino directly via email at. office@topkino.at or call the following number: +43 1/ 58 55 888.

The Film Series CINEMA AND HUMAN RIGHTS is supported by Topkino and the Human Rights Film Festival this human world.

 

 

Past Events




CINEMA AND HUMAN RIGHTS: The Future’s Past

Start: 15.05.2014 - 18:30
Location: Topkino (Rahlgasse 1, 1060 Wien)


Susanne Brandstätter// Austria und Luxemburg// 2012 // 91 min.

The Future's Past focuses on Cambodia today, seen through the eyes of three Cambodian youths and their families: one living in Phnom Penh, one in the country, far from the globalized centers of the world, and one in Paris.

The film reveals the emotional, physical and intellectual impact that the Khmer Rouge Tribunal has on the youngsters, their families and the Cambodian people. After thirty years of silence, the past atrocities will be discussed publicly and on TV: five senior Khmer Rouge leaders being held accountable for around 1.7 million dead - among them S-21 prison warden Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch - are to be tried by an international tribunal. However, in a society where relatives, friends and neighbors belonged to the thousands of perpetrators, the burning question is: why? Trailer: http://youtube/0ptz7P4qlQU

Each youth goes on a quest to find his or her own personal answer.
(Source:www.filmfonds-wien.at/films/the-futures-past-creating-cambodia)

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the director Susanne Brandstätter and Catherine Marchi-Uhel.The event is held in English.

To reserve a ticket please contact Topkino directly via email at office@topkino.at or call the following number: +43 1/ 58 55 888.

The Film Series CINEMA AND HUMAN RIGHTS is supported by Topkino and the Human Rights Film Festival this human world.

 

 

 

CINEMA AND HUMAN RIGHTS: homo@lv

Start: 13.05.2015 - 18:30
Location: Topkino (Rahlgasse 1, 1060 Wien)

Kaspars Goba // Latvia // 2010 // 71 min. // SEN

In the summer of 2005, two guys came up with an idea to organise an unprecedented event – a festive lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people’s parade through the streets of Riga, the capital of Latvia.

Following the example of similar LGBT parades in Western cities, they decided to call it ‘Pride’. Little did they know that their good intention would spiral into a chain of inconceivable events lasting several years: great emotions would be stirred up and dramatically split Latvian society; the people involved would be showered, in turn, with human excrement and holy water, families would be torn apart, jobs lost, and a priest expelled from the church for free thinking. (Source: http://en.homo.lv/about-movie/)

Trailer: http://youtu.be/PYNzQL2-9sY

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session.

The event is held in English.

To reserve a ticket please contact Topkino directly via email at office@topkino.at or call the following number: +43 1/ 58 55 888.

The Film Series CINEMA AND HUMAN RIGHTS is supported by Topkino and the Human Rights Film Festival this human world. 

 

 

 

CINEMA AND HUMAN RIGHTS: Everyday Rebellion

Start: 29.04.2014 - 18:00 

 

The world is in a state of rebellion against political regimes, against as yet unbridled madness, against itself! In this contemporary, all-encompassing and ever-present ”Everyday Rebellion”, the rebels have uncovered new weapons that make them more active, more efficient, and more – entertaining!

From subversive illegal cultural actions in Iran to silent demonstrations in Egypt, through bare-breasted provocations by activists in the Ukraine to the Occupy movement in the US, this film follows pioneers of new forms of protests, from the stages of preparation to their dramatic public staging.

(Source: www.magnificent7festival.org/pages/2014/Svakodnevna_pobuna_eng.html)

Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=F03i-iQcWYU

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the directors.

The event is held in English.

To reserve a ticket please contact Filmhaus Kino am Spittelberg directly. For Details, please visit: http://stadtkinowien.at/filmhauskino/adresse/

The Film Series CINEMA AND HUMAN RIGHTS is supported by Topkino and the Human Rights Film Festival this human world.

Location: Filmhaus Kino am Spittelberg (Spittelberggasse 3, 1070 Wien)

 

 

CINEMA AND HUMAN RIGHTS: Transcending Fear

Start: 10.04.2014 - 18:00
End: 10.04.2014 - 21:00 

Born in a cave with only stars to tell time, Gao Zhisheng overcomes incredible odds to become one of China's top attorneys. The people call him "the Conscience of China." But then, in the eyes of the Communist Party, he goes too far. After speaking out against human rights abuses, Gao is abducted, and tortured. Secret police hold his wife and children in hostage. In a heart-wrenching dilemma, Gao is forced to choose between his lifelong quest for justice and his love for his family. A story of courage, compassion, and cruelty, this film is a must-see for anyone wishing to understand the tensions bubbling below the surface of today's China - or to meet one of the most noble freedom fighters of our time.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byJXA3mm3pQ

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the director Wenjing Ma.

THE ENTRY IS FREE! Please make a direct reservation with Topkino by emailing: office@topkino.at or by telephoning +43 1/ 58 55 888.

Location: Topkino, Rahlgasse 1, 1060 Wien

 

this human world – International Human Rights Film Festival 2013

Austria’s biggest human rights film festival this human world will take place for the sixth time from the 5th to the 9th of December 2013. As a long-standing cooperation partner, the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (BIM) is proud to present a series of outstanding documentaries on key human rights issues within the framework of its film series CINEMA AND HUMAN RIGHTS. All film screenings will be followed by panel discussions held in English with distinguished experts in the relevant fields.

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Viennese World Conference on Human Rights the film series will be dedicated to the achievements of the conference that took place in Vienna 1993. The Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action (VDPA), which was adopted at the conference affirmed the universality and indivisibility of human rights and put the promotion and protection of human rights at the centre of international efforts. In addition, it was an important impetus for the strengthening of women's human rights rights (Film: Salma), social and economic rights (Film: Where Heaven Meets Hell) as well as the rights of indigenous peoples (Film: Maori Boy Genius). Furthermore, it was the first time that the international civil society has been actively involved in UN affairs, which has significantly contributed to the success of the conference and was a key contribution to the strengthening of international civil society (Film: 99%)​​.

In addition, the HUMAN RIGHTS TALK: „From the World Conference on Human Rights 1993 to a World Court of Human Rights?” will be held as a part of the festival programme.

For tickets as well as the full festival programme, including an exciting fringe programme, please visit thishumanworld.com. The full programme will be available there from 21 November 2013.

 

:: 26. November 2013, 17:00 Topkino , Rahlgasse 1, 1060 Vienna

WARM UP and Austrian Premiere:  Where Heaven Meets Hell

Sasha Friedlander / USA / 2012 / 80 min. / English Subtitles

In the area around the Kawah Ijen volcano on the island of Java, Indonesia, a camera team follows four miners, who try to escape their dangerous and harmful work. One of those workers is Anto. He has a gift for languages and wants to use talent to find a job as tourist guide. So, he hopes to gain a better life for him and his family. The documentary shows the discrepancy of the Kawah Ijen area: its heavenly landscape on the one hand that makes it a popular tourist destination and the hellish working conditions that sulphur miners face in their everyday-life

The screening will be followed by a discussion session.

 

:: 7 December 2013, 18:00 Filmkasino, Margaretenstraße 78, 1050 Vienna

Austrian premiere: MALALA – A GIRL FROM PARADISE

Mohsin Abbas / Pakistan / 2013 / 92 min / English Subtitles

“Education is our basic right.” This is one of the famous quotes of Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Peace Prize nominee and youngest Sakharov Award laureate. The 16-year-old human rights activist barely escaped being killed in an attack by the Taliban. The Pakistani-Canadian filmmaker Mohsin Abbas created a portrayal of an extraordinary young girl and her courageous and determined efforts to defend girls’ education in Pakistan, after the Taliban outlawed schools for girls in her native Swat Valley, which gives her school friends, her family and other companion a say. The courage and dedication of this young woman leaves the audience deeply impressed. Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BeEVppxc0U

The screening takes place on the occasion of the awarding of the Sakharov Prize 2013 to Malala Yousafzai in cooperation with the European Parliament.

The screening will be followed by a discussion session.

 

:: 8. December 2013, 17:30, Schikaneder, Margaretenstraße 24, 1040 Vienna

SALMA

Kim Longinotto / UK / 2013 / 90 min / English Subtitles

Growing up in the South of India, Salma lives through a rough youth: she has to leave school at an early age and is supposed to marry as soon as possible. Since she refuses an arranged marriage, she is trapped in a small room with no escape for over nine years. Also the marriage with a successful politician does not really change her situation. In order to deal with her loneliness and isolation, she starts writing poetry. Her mother secretly gets her poems to a publisher. Overnight Selma becomes famous and manages to escape her prison. She then tries to help other women in her village to get away from their fate. The documentary follows her rocky yet fertile way to break the chains of a long-standing tradition and to achieve freedom for India's women.

The screening will be followed by a discussion. 

 

:: 10. December 2013, 17:30 Schikaneder, Margaretenstraße 24, 1040 Vienna

Austrian Premiere: 99% - The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film

Aaron Aites und Audrey Ewell / USA / 2012 / 97min / English Subtitles

In September 2011, the Occupy Wall Street Movement propelled issues of economic inequality into the spotlight. In the documentary personal stories imbue analysis of big picture issues with the real-world struggles of those compelled to take action, speak up, march, and risk arrest. Supporters, participants, experts and critics shed light on why and how this movement took off with such force, and ask what the next phase might encompass. Made in a collaboration of almost 100 filmmakers across the country, the production process of this feature film offers a uniquely diverse way of bringing context to the movement that has swept up America; and much of the world, with its story.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session, in the presence of the directors Audrey Ewell, and Aaron Aites.

 

:: 11 December 2013, 19:00 Aula am Campus , Spitalgasse 2, 1090 Wien

HUMAN RIGHTS TALK: „From the World Conference on Human Rights 1993 to a World Court of Human Rights?“

On the panel Daniel Bacher (Dreikönigsaktion Hilfswerk der Katholischen Jungschar), Manfred Nowak (University of Vienna, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights) and other human rights experts will be discussing how the international human rights protection can be further strengthened and ways to clöose the remaining accountability gap. The discussion will be moderated by Anna Müller-Funk (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights). The event is organised in cooperation with the festival this human world.  

The discussion takes place in German.

Following the discussion, the Research Platform “Human Rights in the European Context” and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute would like to invite you to join the subsequent reception.

The series of events take place in cooperation with juridikum, journal for critique | justice | society, derStandard.at and zige.tv.

 

:: 12 December 2013, 17:30, Schikaneder, Margaretenstraße 24, 1050-Vienna

Austrian premiere: MAORI BOY GENIUS

Pietra Bretkelly / New Zealand / 84 min. / 2012 / English Subtitles

The documentary follows Nga Rauuira. He is a member of the Maori community, the indigenous population of New Zealand, which, as a consequence of colonialism, struggle with fundamental economic and cultural problems. Nga Rauuira, deeply connected with the culture of his people, manages due to his outstanding talents, as well as to the support of his family to attend the American Ivy League University Yale, at an early age. His aim is to use his education to campaign for the rights of the Maori community in New Zealand.

The film demonstrates the inner conflict of the Maori people in this portrayal of Nga Rauuira, torn between the desire to retain their cultural heritage and the need to find their place in the world of the 21st century.

The screening will be followed by a discussion.

 

 

this human world – International Human Rights Film Festival 2012

Austria’s biggest Human Rights Film Festival this human world will take place for the fifth time from the 29th of November to the 9th of December 2012. As a long-standing cooperation partner, the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (BIM) is proud to present a series of documentaries on key human rights issues within the framework of its film series Cinema and Human Rights

All film screenings will be followed by panel discussions held in English with distinguished experts in the relevant fields.

In addition, the HUMAN RIGHTS TALK: „Soziale Rechte in der Krise? Die jüngsten Entwicklungen der sozialen und ökonomischen Rechte in Europa will also be held as a part of the festival programme.

 

HUMAN RIGHTS TALK: HUMAN RIGHTS TALK: „Soziale Rechte in der Krise? Die jüngsten Entwicklungen der sozialen und ökonomischen Rechte in Europa“
30  November 2012, 18:00 WUK , Währinger Straße 59, 1090 Wien

At the event Katharina Mückstein (FC Gloria), Manfred Nowak (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights; University of Vienna) and Lukas Oberndorfer (Arbeiterkammer; University of Vienna) und Martin Schenk (Armutskonferenz) discuss the effects of the global economic and finance crisis on social and economic rights in Europe. The talk will be moderated by Irene Brickner (Editor at Der Standard). The event is held in cooperation with the Human Rights Film Festival this human world.

The events series HUMAN RIGHTS TALKS is jointly organized by the Research Platform “Human Rights in the European Context” of the University of Vienna and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights.

The talk will be held in German. A reception will follow the talk. To register for the event, please email humanrightstalk@univie.ac.at

 

MAMA ILLEGAL
Ed Moschitz / Austria / 2012 / 94 min. / SEN

1  December 2012, 17:30 Schikaneder , Margaretenstraße 24, 1040 Wien

They give their savings to traffickers and risk their lives on their trip to Western Europe: Aurica, Raia and Natasa, three mothers from a small Moldavian village. They leave their homes to work in Austria or Italy as cleaners or care workers. Here they live a life in the underground - a tough job, without valid documents, unprotected and without health care - separated from their families for years. They send as much of their hard-earned money as possible back home. But their desire for a brighter future and a better life comes at a high price. After a long time away from home, the children are grown and the husbands estranged. Having never really arrived and been accepted in the West, they find that they have become alienated from their homeland.. Trailer: http://vimeo.com/47932017

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Ed Moschitz (Director), Johannes Peyrl (Arbeiterkammer Wien) and Julia Planitzer (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights). The talk will be moderated by Manfred Nowak (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights; University of Vienna).

The event takes place in cooperation with the Grüne Bildungswerkstatt - Minorities

 

Wienpremiere: WEITERLEBEN
Hans Halimann / CH/ 2012 / 92 min. / SEN

2 December 2012, 18:00 Topkino, Rahlgasse 1, 1060 Wien

Weiterleben is a film about people, who have fought for more freedom and justice in their home countries – and all of them paid a high price for it. The two women and two men from Tibet, Congo, Chile, and Turkey now live in Switzerland. In their native countries they were badly tortured for their human rights efforts. Hans Haldimann’s film tries to understand how his protagonists manage to continue with their lives after having experienced the worst that humans can be exposed to.The answer is surprising: None of them have lost the belief in a better world. Trailer: www.cineman.ch/en/movie/2012/Weiterleben/trailer.html.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Sonja Brauner (Hemayat), Hans Haldimann (Director) and Manfred Nowak (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights; University of Vienna). The talk will be moderated by Anna Müller-Funk (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights; University of Vienna).

 

THIS IS NOT A FILM
Screening on the occasion of the presentation of the Sakharov Prize 2012
Mojtaba Mirtahmasb and Jafar Panahi / Iran and France / 2011 / 75 min / SEN

3 December 2012, 17:30, Schikaneder , Margaretenstraße 24, 1040 Wien

This clandestinely made documentary, shot partially on an iPhone and smuggled into France in a cake for a last-minute submission to Cannes, depicts the day-to-day life of acclaimed director Jafar Panahi (OFFSIDE, THE CIRCLE). While appealing his sentence – six years in prison and a 20-year ban from filmmaking – fellow director Mojtaba Mirtahmasb (Lady of the Roses) visits Mr. Panahi at his Tehran apartment and films him talking to his family and lawyer on the phone, reflecting on the art of filmmaking, meeting some of his neighbors and even interacting with an inquisitive iguana.

On the occasion Nasrin Sotoudeh and Jafar Panahi  being awared the Sakharov Prize 2012 the documentary In Film Nist (This Is Not A Film) will be screened in cooperation with the European Parliament.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the Iranian human rights lawyer Mohammad Mostafai, who’s last case was the defence of Sakineh Ashtiani, Hannes Swoboda (European Parliament) und Manfred Nowak (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights; University of Vienna).

The event takes place in cooperation with: Europäische Parlament

 

Österreichpermiere: IT’S A GIRL
Evan Grae Davis / USA / 2012 / 63 min. / SEN

4 Dezember 2012, 18:00 Topkino, Rahlgasse 1, 1060 Wien

In India, China and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed and abandoned; female foetuses are aborted, simply because they are female. The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls are missing in the world today because of this so-called “gendercide”. This is rooted in centuries-old tradition and sustained by deeply ingrained cultural dynamics which, in combination with government policies, accelerate the elimination of girls. Shot on location in India and China, It’s a Girl reveals the issue. It asks why this is happening, and why so little is being done 

to save girls and women. Global experts and grassroots activists put the stories in context and advocate different paths towards change, while collectively lamenting the lack of any truly effective action against this injustice. Trailer: http://www.itsagirlmovie.com/

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with  Andrew Brown (Producer It’s A Girl), Evan Grae Davis (Director It’s A Girl), Hina Jilani (Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and human rights activist, co-founder of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and the Women’s Action Forum) und  Sabine Mandl (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights); the talk will be moderated by  Anna Müller-Funk (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights)

 

Weltpremiere: LOS DELEGADOS
Jörg Stippl / Bolivien / 45 min. / 2009 / SEN

5 December 2012, 18:00, Filmcasino Margaretenstraße 78, 1050-Wien

La Paz, Bolivia. “Los Delegados” is not a classic prison documentary.  It shows how the lack of state interference allows prisoners to take care of their own destiny; how they organized their community with democratic means, rather then violence. The documentary looks at this unique prison life. It focuses on the "delegados", the prisoners’ representatives. The "delegados" get positioned after equal and secret elections organized by the fellow prisoners. The documentary does not want to provide answers. It aims to raise fundamental questions: Is democracy possible inside prison? How should society deal with the children of detainees? Should kids live with their families? What is what society aims to achieve by detaining people?

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Dirk Van Zyl Smit (University of Nottingham),  Santiago Canton (Former Secretary of Interamerican Human Rights Commission, Directors RFK Partners for Human Rights), Jörg Stippl (Director Los Delegados, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights)  und  Klaus Priechenfried (NEUSTART). The talk will be moderated by Manfred Nowak (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights; University of Vienna).

 

PANEL DISCUSSION: “Global Prison Crisis: Protecting Human Dignity”
6 December 2012, 19:00, “Alte Kapelle” – Institut für Ethik und Recht in der Medizin, Spitalgasse 2-4 (Hof 2.8), Campus, Altes AKH, 1090 Wien

In the context of the 20th anniversary of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, the Institute will hold a panel debate with experts from different parts of the world focusing on the evolving global prison crisis and its impact on the particularly vulnerable dignity of persons in places of deprived liberty. The expertise of the panel members will allow the presentation of the main areas of concern in the field of torture prevention in prisons as well as the illustration of best practice examples in various regions of the world.

The panellists include Manfred Nowak (Scientific Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights and former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, 2004-2010), Hina Jilani (Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and human rights activist, co-founder of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and the Women’s Action Forum), Dirk Van Zyl Smit (Professor of Comparative and International Penal Law, University of Nottingham, and former expert adviser to the Council of Europe on the new European Prison Rules) and Santiago A. Canton (Director of RFK Partners for Human Rights, Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights).

To register for this event, please email web.atlasoftorture@gmail.com

 

For tickets as well as the full festival programme, including an exciting fringe programme, please visit thishumanworld.com

 


 

 


this human world – International
Human Rights Film Festival 2011

Austria‘s biggest human rights film festival this human world enters its fourth round from 30 November to 10 December 2011. As a long-standing cooperation partner, the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (BIM) in cooperation with the Research Platform Human Rights in the European Context proudly presents a series of documentaries on central human rights issues within its film series CINEMA AND HUMAN RIGHTS.  

All film screenings will be followed by panel discussions that are held in English with distinguished experts in the field. Furthermore this month's HUMAN RIGHTS TALK: “The Universal Periodic Review as engine for the human rights policy in Europe?” will be part of this year's festival programme.


Screening: NO MORE FEAR (Austrian Premiere)
1 December 2011, 20:30 Topkino, Rahlgasse 1, 1060 Wien

The film presents a unique portray of the Tunisian uprising. In the subsequent panel discussion Sami Ben Gharbia (Tunisian Blogger, Advocacy Director at Global Voices and Co-founder of nawaat.org), Gudrun Harrer (Der Standard) and Manfred Nowak (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights and University of Vienna) will be talking about the Arab Spring and its future.



Screening: WAR ON TERROR (Worldpremiere)
5 December 2011, 19:30 Gartenbaukino, Parkring 12, 1010 Wien

The film offers an insight into the Bush administration's “War on Terrorism”  and provides an analysis how the war was conceived and executed. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Marjorie Cohn (Author of "The United States and Torture"), Sebastian J. F. (Director), Manfred Nowak (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights and University of Vienna) and Heinz Patzelt (Amnesty International).


Screening: OUR SCHOOL (Austrian Premiere)
6 December 2011, 18:00 Topkino, Rahlgasse 1, 1060 Wien

The film narrates the story of three Roma children in a rural Transylvanian village who are among the pioneer participants in an initiative to integrate the ethnically segregated Romanian schools.The situation of Roma in the EU will be discussed by Michail Beis (EU Fundamental Rights Agency, FRA), Andrea Härle (Romano Centro Wien) and Birgit Wittstock (Der Falter). The discussion will be moderated by Anna Müller-Funk (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights).

HUMAN RIGHTS TALK: “The Universal Periodic Review as Engine for Human Rights Policy in Europe?”
7 December 2011, 17:00 Topkino , Rahlgasse 1, 1060 Wien

Six months after the adoption of the 131 recommendations of the UN Human Rights Council Irene Brickner (Der Standard), Barbara Kussbach (Coordinator of the Initiative, Human Rights Now!), Manfred Nowak (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights and University of Vienna), Heinz Patzelt (Amnesty Interntional), Terezija Stoisits (Ombudswoman) the human rights situation in Austria. The discussion is moderated by Corinne Milborn (News). The event is held in German.


Screening: PRISON ISLAND BASTØY (Austrian Premiere)
7 December 2011, 20:30 Topkino , Rahlgasse 1, 1060 Wien

The documentary presents a prison on a Norwegian island without fences or cameras, where prisoners can take responsibility for their lives during their detention. Piera Barzanò (UNODC), Walter Hammerschick (Institute for Legal- und Criminal Sociology), Manfred Nowak (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights and University of Vienna) and Klaus Priechenfried (NEUSTART) will take part in the subsequent panel discussion that will be moderated by Anna Müller-Funk (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights).


Screening: KIMJONGILIA (Austrian Premiere)
9 December 2011, 18:00 Topkino, Rahlgasse 1, 1060 Wien

The film contrasts state propaganda with the stories of dissidents about their escapes, concentration camps and real life in North Korea. Ion the subsequent panel discussion Cornelia Vospernik (ORF) with Manfred Nowak (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights and University of Vienna) will discuss the political situation in North Korea.
    


For tickets as well as the full festival programme, including an exciting fringe programme, please visit thishumanworld.com

 

 



SUMMER TERM 2011:

All  films will be screened at the Top Kino, Rahlgasse 1, 1060 Vienna and will be followed by a panel discussion held in English.

Tickets are for free, but have to be picked up least 30 minutes before the start. For reservations please contact www.topkino.at

 

10.5.2011, 19:00

THE GREEN WAVE
Ali Samadi Ahadi / Germany, Iran / 2010 / 80 min.


Last year's presidential elections in Iran aroused the nation from its lethargy. For the first time in years, the younger generation felt that there was a chance for change. Hundreds of thousands of them took to the streets in support of the reform candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi. Electrifying hope gave way to disappointment and general disillusionment over the clear electoral irregularities, which helped re-elect the conservative incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The massive wave of protests that followed was viciously suppressed by the regime, which did not hesitate to use the most brutal means of intimidation possible. All of these events are analysed by the film through the detailed perspective of exiled journalists and human rights activists, including the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize Shirin Ebadi. The personal aspect of the Iranian tragedy is captured by the fictional stories of two young Iranians - a young man called Kaveh and a young woman named Azandeh. Their stories, which are told using impressive animation, contrasts sharply with mobile-phone footage of street demonstrations, which were compiled from thousands of posts that appeared during the elections on Twitter and Facebook, as well as on Internet blogs. These messages from courageous Iranians contain shocking information about the unjust torture of detainees. With bleak persuasiveness, they also illustrate the feelings of Iran's younger generation, who feel like prisoners in their own country. (source: www.oneworld.cz)

 

16.5.2011, 19:00

NIGGER/NIGURI
Antonio Martino / Italy / 2009 / 47 min.


It was a peaceful village, which turned into Africa after the immigrants arrived, is the complaint one hears at the start of this documentary from a member of a small community in southern Italy, which is now home to one of the biggest refugee camps in Europe. And while hundreds of desperate refugees wait to see whether they will get a chance to at least live something like a normal life, the locals ponder why they must share the place where they live with someone else. Their opinions reflect the attitude of most of Italian society, which combines mistrust, doubt and fear of all things foreign. In his latest film, Antonio Martino asks whether it is feasible and in what way it is possible for his country to respond to the current situation in the world and work with the countless numbers of asylum seekers. It also reminds Italians of their not too distant past, when they themselves left in great numbers to try their luck abroad. (source: www.oneworld.cz)

 

17.5.2011, 19:00

PROSECUTOR
Barry Stevens / Canada / 2010 / 94 min.


The protagonist of this documentary, by Canadian director Barry Stevens, is Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. In the 1980s, he worked as a prosecutor in Argentina in trials of the country's former military leaders. Now, however, he faces a much more difficult task, as the International Criminal Court has very limited authority. Consequently, Moreno-Ocampo cannot do without the help of politicians, which is particularly obvious in the case of the Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, accused of war crimes and genocide, which claimed hundreds of thousands of victims in the Darfur region. The film records in detail the pitfalls of diplomacy and international politics. For example, it follows efforts to stop the military conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo by trying the former Congolese insurgent leader Thomas Lubanga, who is accused of war crimes. With a smile, Luis Moreno- Ocampo comments on the fact that the work of the International Criminal Court is often criticised and does not enjoy the support it deserves. "It's like in football," he says, "nobody is ever a fan of the referee." (source: www.oneworld.cz)

 

30.5.2011, 19:00

8: THE MORMON PROPOSITION
Reed Cowan / USA / 2010 / 81 min.


The biggest threat to the United States of America is not nuclear arms, global climate change or even the economic crisis, but gays. At least that's what Utah Senator and Mormon Bishop Chris Buttars thinks. He is well known for his homophobic statements, in which he confidently compares homosexuality with sexual perversity. This shocking film by Reed Cowan begins on 15 June 2008, a breakthrough date for all gays and lesbians in California because it was the day on which the local Supreme Court permitted same-sex marriages. Their euphoria did not last long, however. Several months later, the campaign behind so-called "Proposition 8" celebrated victory in a referendum on this amendment to the Californian Constitution which ensured that only heterosexual marriages would be legally recognised. The campaign had been organised and financed by the conservative Mormon Church. With investigative precision, the film traces Mormon tactics in secret documents that bear witness to an elaborate strategy attempting to influence public opinion. This strategy was disguised as an endeavour to protect the interests of society as a whole, and also made use of false information. The documentary also takes a look at the history of the Mormon fight against homosexuality in its own ranks, with "treatments" that include electro-shock therapy and lobotomies. (source: www.oneworld.cz)

 

1.6.2011, 19:00

JUSTICE FOR SERGEI
Hans Hermans, Martin Maat / Netherlands / 2011 / 62 min.


Contemporary Russia faces a host of problems. One is corruption, which plagues the state administration and governing authorities from top to bottom. At the same time, there are people who are unwilling to accept this alarming state of affairs. One such citizen was tax lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who uncovered the biggest tax fraud in Russian history. When he reported it to the relevant authorities, the reaction he received surprised him. Instead of launching an investigation, the authorities put him in a correctional facility, where he died in great pain in November 2009. This investigative documentary, made a year after Magnitsky's death, features the testimonies of colleagues, friends, family members and activists shocked by the story of a man who paid the highest price for blowing the whistle. While all the evidence suggests he was abused for a year in what foreign media called a "slow murder", the Russian authorities have not managed to find the perpetrator. (source: www.oneworld.cz)

After two successful years, the international human rights film festival "this human world" enters its third round from 2 to 10 December 2010. The Research Platform "Human Rights in the European Context" is pleased to once again be a partner of the festival. In the course of five evenings (6 to 10 December) together with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights we will screen documentaries and hosts panel discussions on a variety of human rights issues - climate change, Guantantamo, Iran, women & peace work, and the situation of Chechen refugees in Austria.

The detailed programme of the festival as well as tickets are available at www.thishumanworld.com


  • 6/12, 18.00 hrs, Top Kino, There Once Was An Island: Te Henua e Noho
  • 7/12, 18.15 hrs, Burg Kino, The Response
  • 8/12, 18.30 hrs, Schikaneder, We are half of Iran's population
  • 9/12, 18.30 hrs, Schikaneder, Pray the Devil back to Hell
  • 10/12, 18.00 hrs, Top Kino, FC Chechnya

 


Monday, 6 December 2010 - 18:00 hrs - Top Kino, Rahlgasse 1, 1060 Wien

There Once Was An Island: Te Henua e Noho

80 min., New Zealand, USA, 2010; Director: Briar March
Language: English, takuu, tok pisin with English subtitles.

What if your community had to decide whether to leave their homeland forever and there was no help available? This is the reality for the culturally unique Polynesian community of Takuu, a tiny low-lying atoll in the South Western Pacific. As a terrifying tidal flood rips through their already damaged home, the Takuu community experiences the devastating effects of climate change first hand. In this verite-style film, three intrepid characters Teloo, Endar and Satty, allow us into their lives and their culture and show us first hand the human impact of an environmental crisis. Two scientists, oceanographer John Hunter and geomorphologist Scott Smithers, investigate the situation with our characters and consider the impact of climate change on communities without access to resources or support. Intimate observational scenes allow Teloo, Endar and Satty to take us on their personal journeys as they consider whether to move to an uncertain future in Bougainville or to stay on Takuu and fight for a different, but equally uncertain, outcome. This film gives a human face to the direct impacts of climate change in the Pacific, challenging audiences everywhere to consider their own relationship to the earth and the other people on it. (http://www.thereoncewasanisland.com/about/)

After the screening will be a panel discussion (in English) with

  • Mag.a Margit Ammer (researcher at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, with a focus on "climate refugees")
  • Mag.a Margit Wolfsberger (President and Project leader of the Austrian South-Pacific Society (OSPG) at the department for Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna.
  • Mag.a Judith Schwentner (Die Grünen/Green Party; Spokesperson for Women and Development Issues; Member of Parliament)
  • Chair: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Manfred Nowak (Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights)

Website
http://www.thereoncewasanisland.com/

Awards
Winner: Best Editing – Doco Qantas 2010
Winner: Jury Grand Prize Fifo 2010
Winner: Natural Facts Award Big Sky 2010
Winner: Development Award Millenium 2010



Tuesday, 7 December 2010 - 18:15 hrs - Burg Kino, Opernring 19, 1010 Wien

The Response

30 min., USA, 2008. Director: Adam Rodgers. Producer: Sig Libowitz, Executive Producers: University of Maryland School of Law | Venable LLP 
Language: English (without subtitles)

Movie
The Response” is a courtroom drama based on the actual transcripts of the Guantanamo Bay military tribunals (known as Combatant Status Review Tribunals). Is the suspected enemy combatant guilty of supporting Al Qaeda and responsible for the deaths of several American soldiers? Or is he an innocent victim of circumstances as he claims? The film revolves around the tribunal of a suspected enemy combatant and the three military officers who must decide his fate. The audience will see and hear for themselves - for the first time ever - a part of what actually took place on Guantanamo.

 

Panel discussion (in English)
• Mustafa Ait Idir [link][CSRT doc.], former Guantanamo detainee, abducted 2002 in Bosnia
• Wolfgang Petritsch [link] , Austrian Ambassador to the OECD, former High Representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina (1999-2002)
• Rob Kirsch [link] and Mark Fleming [link], WilmerHale, Attorneys for Guantanamo detainees in the landmark case Boumediene v Bush [link] before the US Supreme Court
• Manfred Nowak [link], BIM/University Vienna, former Judge at the Human Rights Chamber in Bosnia (1996-2003)
• hosted by Adelheid Wölfl, Der Standard.

Background
In the wake of 9/11 Mr Mustafa Ait Idir and five other men were arrested based on allegations of planning terrorist attacks in Bosnia. The allegations however were not substantiated by evidence and the Supreme Court of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the country’s Human Rights Chamber ordered their release in January 2002.
Immediately afterwards, Mr Ait Idir and his colleagues were arrested by US forces based in Bosnia and transferred to Guantanamo Bay. For about six years, until June 2008, the men were imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay, cut off from their families and judicial oversight, without any independent review of the legal basis of their detention, and victim of abuse.
On June 12, 2008, the US Supreme Court issued a historic decision in Boumediene v. Bush, striking down the part of the US Military Commissions Act of 2006 that deprived Guantanamo detainees of their right to challenge their detention in front of independent judicial bodies (habeas corpus). The decision cleared the way for hearings in which Guantanamo detainees may challenge their imprisonment.
In the following proceedings, the US Government dropped its allegations against the men, namely that they were planning to attack the US Embassy in Sarajevo in 2001. The US Government abandoned this claim even though President Bush had specifically mentioned it in the 2002 State of the Union address.
After having spent years in Guantanamo Bay without ever being charged, Mr Ait Idir and four other men were released in 2008 and 2009. Despite their innocence, to this day, the men have not received any form of compensation and are confronted on a daily basis with the stigma of having been detained in Guantanamo.
One men, Mr Bensayah Belkacem, is still in detention. His appeal is ongoing.
     

Website
www.theresponsemovie.com

Awards
Short listed 2010 Academy Awards Best Short Film (Live Action)
Top Prize A.B.A. Silver Gavel 2009 Award for Drama & Literature
Winner Politics on Film Audience Award - Best Film (Washington, D.C.)

Critics
“A tight, tense recreation” (The Washington Post)
“A brilliant production” (NPR/PRI)
“This movie has achieved in 30 minutes what I have attempted to achieve over the last seven years” (Dahlia Lithwick, Slate & Newsweek)

 


Wednesday, 8 December 2010 - 18:30 hrs - Schikaneder, Margaretenstraße 24, 1040 Wien

We are half of Iran's population

49 min, Iran, 2009, Director/Producer: Rakhshān Bani-E'temād
Language: Farsi; English subtitles

Iranian director Rakhshān Bani-E'temād documented in “We are half of Iran’s population” how a wide coalition of women was formed in Iran prior to the June 2009 presidential elections, in order to make their demands heard and to effectively influence the candidates. Among their demands was to join the U.N.'s Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Once the filming had been completed, the four presidential candidates were invited to attend a special screening and to comment on it. All but Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accepted the invitation. (source: http://payvand.com)

After the screening will be a panel discussion (in English) with

  • Mahnaz Mohammadi (Prduktionsleiterin/Regieassistentin)
  • Chair: Anna Müller-Funk (BIM)

 


Thursday, 9 December 2010 - 18:30 hrs- Schikaneder, Margaretenstraße 24, 1040 Wien

Pray the Devil Back to Hell

72 min, USA, 2008, Director: Gini Reticker, Producer: Abigail E. Disney.
Language: English 

Pray the Devil Back to Hell chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country. Thousands of women — ordinary mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters, both Christian and Muslim — came together to pray for peace and then staged a silent protest outside of the Presidential Palace. Armed only with white T-shirts and the courage of their convictions, they demanded a resolution to the country’s civil war. Their actions were a critical element in bringing about an agreement during the stalled peace talks. A story of sacrifice, unity and transcendence, Pray the Devil Back to Hell honors the strength and perseverance of the women of Liberia. Inspiring, uplifting, and most of all motivating, it is a compelling testimony of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations. (http://www.praythedevilbacktohell.com/synopsis.php)
 

After the screening will be a panel discussion (in English) with

  • Sabine Mandl, Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights
  • Silvia Kukla, CARE Junior Gender Advisor
  • Raluca Popa, UNIFEM 
  • Chair: Manfred Nowak, BIM

Website
http://www.praythedevilbacktohell.com/
Facebook page: link

Awards
Rudolf Vrba Award, One World International Human Rights Film Festival 2009
Golden Butterfly, Movies That Matter Festival 2009
Winner Best Documentary, Tribeca Film Festival 2008
Winner Witness Award Silverdocs AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival 2008

Critics
“Uplifting, disheartening, inspiring, enraging -- the mind reels while watching the documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell.”  (Manohla Dargis / NYT)
“Pray the Devil Back to Hell is a potent reminder of what power in numbers can accomplish.”  (David Fear / Time Out New York)


Friday, 10 December 2010 - 18:00 hrs- Top Kino, Rahlgasse 1, 1060 Wien

FC Chechnya


70 min, Austria, 2010, Director/Producer: Fahad Mustafa; 
Language: German/Russian with english subtitles

The film documents a football club run by Chechen refugees and asylum seekers in Carinthia, and looks at how it serves as a psychological and social support base in a long and emotionally draining asylum procedure. Austria hosts approx. 25,000 Chechen refugees and asylum seekers, one of the largest numbers in Europe. The Chechen diaspora here is strong and culturally vibrant, but often living a life that is precarious and clouded with fear. The film follows three young refugees in the middle of the asylum process, who are waiting for years for the elusive positive decisions. It explores their family lives, their personalities as well as how football helps each of them to cope with the asylum process and hold on to their dreams for the future, while promoting tolerance and intercultural understanding between the refugees and the local community.

After the screening will be a panel discussion (in English) with

  • Fahad Mustafa, Director
  • Nadja Lorenz, Lawyer with focus on asylum law
  • Siegfried Stupnik, Association Aspis (rehabilitation center)
  • Chair: Manfred Nowak (Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights)

 

Thursday, 10 June 2010, 19.00

My Brother’s Keeper

rgen Flindt Pedersen, DK 2008, 55 min, OV with English subtitles

Documentary portraying the work of the current UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Manfred Nowak.
After the screening Manfred Nowak and Barbara Preitler (Hemayat) will be answering questions from the audience.

Information on the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture: Öffnet einen externen Link in einem neuen Fenster Link to official UN website

 


Tuesday, 1 June 2010, 19.00

There Once was an Island: Te Henua e Nnoho
Briar March / New Zealand / 2009 / 80 min.
in English

At first glance Takku Island, which is home to 400 Polynesians, looks like heaven on Earth. A harmonious community living in isolation on this little island lapped by the clear waters of the South West Pacific devotes itself to traditional rituals and music, making their living by fishing, and relaxing in the shade of coconut trees. Nevertheless, global warming has resulted in rising sea levels that have flooded the coral island several times in recent years. This has led the Polynesian government to create a plan to move the islanders to the mainland. However, they are unenthusiastic about what would be a step into the unknown. Instead, the inhabitants invite two expert scientists to Takku in the hope that they will find some solution. This film by New Zealand director Briar March, featuring great camera work and a cinéma vérité style, documents how environmental change can impact upon a native community. Through portraits of individual islanders, it also offers a unique view of the traditional thinking and way of life of the Polynesians, a people whose harmonious co-existence with nature has been harshly interrupted by the negative results of climate change (Source: One World Film Festival 2010 Prague).


Wednesday, 28 April 2010, 19.00

Artikel 7 - Unser Recht! Pravica Naša! Člen 7
(Article 7 – Our Right)

Der Minderheitenkonflikt in Kärnten
Eva Simmler and Thomas Korschil, A/SLO 2004, DVD; 85min
In German & Slovenian with English subtitles

The documentary “Article 7” looks into the situation of the Solvenian minority in Carinthia and the protection of their rights. The title refers to article 7 in the Austrian State Treaty which provides for the obligation of the Austrian State to ensure the rights of the Slovenian and Croat minority living in Carinthia, Burgenland, and Styria. The State Treaty itself was pivotal for the country to regain its independence after World War II in 1955; some of the provisions eminating from Article 7 have not been implemented until today.
The documentary goes back to the 1970 years when the issue of bilingual street signs triggered public outcry and forceful protests by the German speaking population and challenged the then dominant perception of Austria as a mono-ethnic country. Contemporay witnesses, political activists and comprehensive archive material portrait recent Austrian history and its reverberations and relevance today.


Tuesday, 20 April 2010, 18.30

The Unwelcome / Nevítaní
Tomáš Škrdlant / Czech Republic / 2010 / 95 min.
Czech version with English subtitles.

Director Tomáš Škrdlant describes his documentary as being "about living a good life with an unfortunate destiny - going back to live among people and returning to human life with all its imperfections." Incredibly, for 20 years, he followed the fate of his five protagonists, who were rejected by their parents after being born with serious disabilities. With the deliberate use of loosely interwoven portraits, we follow their journey from childhood in an institution to their coming of age and subsequent efforts to fully integrate into adult life. We watch them from the time they were locked up in institutions under communism, when they were strictly prohibited from having contact with "normal" society, up to the present day, when most of them have started their own families. Škrdlant's intimate and enormously sensitive documentary is definitely not a sad example of several unhappy destinies, but instead offers an uplifting confirmation of all the things that can be achieved by a handicapped person with a strong will. Last year, the film won the Pavel Koutecký Award for best Czech documentary (One World Human Rights Film Festival 2010).

Followed by a panel discussion with

Christina Meierschitz (ÖAR – Österreichische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für
Rehabilitation)
Bernhard Schmid (Lebenshilfe)
Otto Lambauer (Caritas)
Moderation: Roland Schmidt (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights)


Further reading and weblinks: Öffnet einen externen Link in einem neuen Fensterhttp://bim.lbg.ac.at/de/rechtswissenschaftliche-fakultaet-uni-wien/030287-se-cinema-and-human-rights-fuer-diplomandinnen-und#Unwelcome


www.littlealien.at

* 17.3.2010, 19:00 *

Little Alien

Nina Kusturica, Austria 2009, HD, 94 min., OmeU

When looking for helpful information on a screen at Austria’s Federal Asylum Office, you are greeted with the melody of “The Blue Danube.” “Remember that smugglers are only interested in money, not in you as a human being.” This, in all seriousness, is the first recommendation given. This scene from Nina Kusturica’s “Little Alien” not only demonstrates clearly that the truth is stranger than fiction; in its detached anonymity, the screen also shows the dark side of this documentary. The actions of a state that only knows how to administrate refugees is contrasted with an emphatic look at underage asylum seekers, a look informed by an awareness of everyone’s individuality, without however limiting itself to sympathy. (www.littlealien.at)

Followed by a panel discussion (in English) with:

Birgit Einzenberger (UNHCR)
Nora Friedel (Assistant Director of “Little Alien”)
Heinz Fronek (Connecting People)
Helmut Sax (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights)
Moderation: Manfred Nowak (Research Platform "Human Rights in the European Context")

Top Kino, Rahlgasse 1, 1060 Wien

Free entry. Reservations at Top Kino (Öffnet einen externen Link in  einem neuen Fensterwww.topkino.at)

 


 

* 14.1.2010, 19:00 *

Dečko kome se žurilo/The Boy Who Rushed

Biljana Čakić-Veselič, Croatia 2001, 53 min., OV with English subtitles

An intimate story of a filmmaker searching for her brother who disappeared during the recent war in Croatia. Her search becomes in many ways parallel to that of her grandmother, whose husband was killed during WWII. Yet she waited all her life for him to return. (one world)

Followed by a panel discussion (in English) with:

Johannes Guger (Austrian Red Cross, “International Relations and Tracing Service”)

Manfred Nowak (former U.N. Expert in Charge of the Special Process on Missing Persons in the Former Yugoslavia)

Friedrich Orter (Journalist, ORF correspondent during the 1990’s wars in the former Yugoslavia)

Top Kino, Rahlgasse 1, 1060 Wien

Free entry. Reservations at Top Kino (Öffnet einen externen Link in einem neuen Fensterwww.topkino.at)

 


* 13.12.2009, 19:00 *

Afghan Women Behind the Wheel

Sahraa Karimi, Slovakia, 116 min, OV with English subtitles

In an Afghan court, the testimony of one man carries the same weight as that of two women. When a son is born to a family, even his first teeth are cause for celebration while the birth of a girl is frequently seen as a disappointment. There is very little room for women in a society where inequality between the sexes is based on a manipulative interpretation of the Koran. Consequently, finding a female Afghan driver is the difficult task which the Slovak director of Afghan descent Sahraa Karimi has set for herself. Her document follows the fate of four women between thirty and forty years of age who are all married with children. Three of them want to obtain a driving licence while one of them already makes a living as the driver of a private minibus. Naturally, we learn a lot more about the protagonists thanks to the fact that there is a woman behind the camera, who enters the private spheres of the Afghan women's living rooms and their families. As a result, we obtain information on the role gender plays in the organisation of Afghan society and on the difficult road women there have to follow to become emancipated. How many of them will finish driving school? Should the roads be a male preserve, just like all other public spaces? (http://www.kinosvetozor.cz/)

Followed by a panel discussion.
Location: Audimax, University of Vienna, Dr.-Karl-Lueger-Ring 1, 1010 Wien

This screening is part of the human rights film festival this human world.


* 11.12.2009, 18:30 *

Hotel Sahara
 

Bettina Haasen, Germany 2008, 86 Min., OV with English subtitles

A dead-straight, endless road leading to nowhere. And at the end of the road: Nouadhibou, a town in the West African country Mauritania, bordered by the ocean on one side and the Sahara Desert on the other. A bleak and inhospitable departure point for the tens of thousands of people that pour in from neighboring countries, all with only one dream in mind: Europe.

Hotel Sahara is a film journey to the last invisible border separating the West-African coast and Europe. The bleak city on the Atlantic Coast is a metaphor, a point of arrival and of departure, a gathering place of broken dreams - a place of waiting for that better life on the far side of the Atlantic. It is above all a no-man´s land, a place of endless waiting and endless hoping.

The film reveals how difficult it is to differentiate between "true" and "false" refugees. Is one "real" only when threatened life and limb? What if one simply desires to escape a deadening lack of perspective? With an observant and cautious eye, Hotel Sahara documents how closely the dream of a better life is linked to sudden stagnancy, and how much patience is required to wait for years to finally, perhaps, arrive somewhere. (Öffnet einen externen Link in einem neuen Fensterhttp://www.hotelsahara.de)

Followed by a panel discussion with Corinna Milborn (“Festung Europa”), Elias Bierdel (Cap Anamur), Heinz Patzelt (Amnesty International) and others.

Location: Top Kino, Rahlgasse 1, 1060 Vienna

This screening is part of the human rights film festival this human world.
For tickets please contact the Öffnet einen externen Link in einem neuen FensterTop Kino or the Öffnet einen externen Link in einem neuen Fensterfestival's website.



* 10.12.2009, 19:00 *

8
 

Jane Campion, Mira Nair, Gael Garcia Bernal, Jan Kuonen, Gaspar Noe, Abderrahmane Sissako, Gus Van Sant, Wim Wenders; France 2008, 103 min., OV with English subtitles

Austrian premiere of the film '8',an unprecedented collection of short films by 8 world-renowned directors (including Mira Nair, Wim Wenders, Jane Campion and Gus Van Sant) each taking on one of the 8 “Millennium Development Goals” for 2015, adopted by 191 countries (Hamptons International Film Festival).

Followed by a panel discussion.
Location: Top Kino, Rahlgasse 1, 1060 Vienna

This screening is part of the human rights film festival this human world.
For tickets please contact the Öffnet einen externen Link in einem neuen FensterTop Kino or the Öffnet einen externen Link in einem neuen Fensterfestival's website.



* 8.12.2009, 19:00 *

10 Conditions of Love

Jeff Daniels, USA/Australia 2009, 54 min, OV with English subtitles

Rebiya Kadeer spent six years in a Chinese prison before being exiled to Washington DC. An tireless advocate for the independence of her oil-rich Uyghur homeland – known as East Turkestan – she has been punished at every turn by the Chinese authorities, who have now condemned two of her sons to lengthy prison sentences.
Rising from obscurity and poverty to become the seventh richest person in China and two-time Nobel Prize-nominee, Kadeer is an extraordinary woman driven by a fierce commitment to her cause.
Australian filmmaker Jeff Daniels follows Kadeer in her relentless campaign for her people’s autonomy, documenting the life of a fearless woman who has paid a terrible price for becoming an international symbol of her nation’s struggle (Melbourn Film Festival).

Followed by a panel discussion with human rights activist Rebiya Kadeer.

Location: Burgkino, Opernring 19, 1010 Vienna

This screening is part of the human rights film festival this human world.
For tickets please contact the Öffnet einen externen Link in einem neuen FensterBurgkino or the Öffnet einen externen Link in einem neuen Fensterfestival's website.


* 7.12.2009, 19:00 *

My Brother’s Keeper

rgen Flindt Pedersen, DK 2008, 55 min, OV with English subtitles

Documentary portraying the work of the current UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Manfred Nowak.
Followed by a panel discussion with Manfred Nowak, Jørgen Flindt Pedersen and others.

Location: Burgkino, Opernring 19, 1010 Vienna

This screening is part of the human rights film festival this human world.
For tickets please contact the Öffnet einen externen Link in einem neuen FensterBurgkino or the Öffnet einen externen Link in einem neuen Fensterfestival's website.


Information on the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture: Öffnet einen externen Link in einem neuen Fenster Link to official UN website


* 16 November 2009, 19:00  *

The Greatest Silence: Rape in Congo

Lisa F Jackson, USA 2008, engl. OV, DVD, 76 min.

Since 1998 a brutal war has been raging in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Over 4 million people have died. And there are the uncountable casualties: the many tens of thousands of women and girls who have been systematically kidnapped, raped, mutilated and tortured by soldiers from both foreign militias and the Congolese army.

The world knows nothing of these women. Their stories have never been told. They suffer and die in silence. In The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo these brave women finally speak.
Emmy Award winning producer/director Lisa F. Jackson spent 2006 in the war zones of eastern DRC documenting the tragic plight of women and girls in that country’s intractable conflict. She was afforded privileged access to not only the grotesque realities of life in Congo (including interviews with self-confessed rapists) but also to examples of resiliency, resistance, courage and grace.
Jackson was herself gang raped in 1976 and shared her experience with the survivors she interviewed. These women in turn recount their stories with an honesty and immediacy pulverizing in its intimacy and detail. The film is a journey into a literal heart of darkness, a search for survivors who pay witness to their own experiences, and break the silence.
Background, context and opinion are provided by interviews with peacekeepers, politicians, activists, doctors and priests. But above all there is the wrenching testimony from dozens of survivors of sexual violence who recount stories of chilling barbarity. This film gives them dignity, a face and a voice that will finally break the silence that surrounds their plight. (Öffnet einen externen Link in einem neuen Fensterthegreatestsilence.org)

The screening is followed by a panel discussion (in English): Mireira Vinas, currently working for CARE in North Kivu, speaks about her work with survivors of sexual violence and ways to better protect civilians in areas of conflict with Manfred Nowak (UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Research Platform “Human Rights in the European Context”, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights), Corinna Milborn (Author, Journalist), Georg Moik (Ministry of Defense), and Bert Theuermann (Federal Chancellery Austria).

Top Kino, Rahlgasse 1, 1060 Wien
Free entry. Reservations at Top Kino (www.topkino.at)

In cooperation with Logo CARE

 


* 16 June 2009, 18:30 *

Black Gold

Nick Francis, Marc Francis, UK 2006, engl. OV, Beta SP, 75 min.

Starting with a cup of coffee, filmmakers Nick and Marc Francis retrace the chain of events that leads to our daily enjoyment of this delicious beverage. They take us on a journey from Ethiopian plantations, via coffee bean processing plants, all the way to factory warehouses. We follow the transformation of the coffee bean as it makes its way to world markets - onto the shelves of supermarkets, into the mouths of tasting experts, the paper cups of Starbucks and the designer china of gourmets in Italy. Along the way, we travel side by side with Tadesse Maskela, an African farmer who fights for the rights of Ethiopian coffee growers, striving to improve their standards of living.

The film is an unsettling testimony to the way in which the prospering world market creates unfavourable conditions for those it depends on. It tells the story of impoverished farmers on the verge of bankruptcy, barely struggling to survive, as well as the story of rich businessmen, speculating with coffee prices, and other people`s lives. Confronting two entirely disparate worlds, this film is an examination of the nature of the world economy, as well giving a tour of the various ways that different cultures enjoy their coffee, whether as a means of getting a quick fix of caffeine in the morning or as a delicate drink to be savoured. Discover the long hard road that every coffee bean has travelled so that you can enjoy the flavour of a delicious cup of coffee! (One World)

Excellent - angry, good-humoured and essential.  (Observer)
Remarkable - A moving but scandalous story. Black Gold has extraordinary power (Daily Telegraph)
Visually ravishing... The Francises are aces behind the camera (Variety)
Black Gold is the latest in a growing genre of documentary films shaking up the business world. (International Herald Tribune)

The screening is followed by a panel discussion (in English).

Top Kino, Rahlgasse 1, 1060 Wien
Free entry. Reservations at Top Kino (www.topkino.at)



* 15 June 2009, 18:30 *

Last Just Man

Steven Silver, Canada 2001, engl. OV, Beta SP, 70 min.

Rwanda 1994: almost one million people are massacred in the space of 100 days. How could such a barbarous atrocity happen at the end of the 20th century? This behind-the-scenes look at the Rwandan catastrophe tells the story of Lt. General Romeo Dallaire, the UN Force Commander in Rwanda in 1994, whose damning testimony points the finger of blame squarely at the UN Security Council. His repeated requests for authority to take preventive action to avert the genocide are met with repeated refusals. When the killings start, he is ordered to pull his remaining troops out of the country. Faced with the moral hell of abandoning people already under his protection to certain death, he defies the order. A provocative condemnation of the international community’s complicity through neglect in the Rwandan genocide and a stark reminder that the callousness and cynicism of power know no limits. (One World Film Festival)

Awards (selection):
Chicago International TV Competition 2002 - Gold Plaque
DoubleTake Documentary Film Festival 2002 - Audience Favourite
Hot Docs 2002 - Audience Favourite and Humanitarian Award
Prague One World Film Festival 2003 - Audience Award, Special Jury Award 

The screening is followed by a panel discussion (in English).

Top Kino, Rahlgasse 1, 1060 Wien
Free entry. Reservations at Top Kino (www.topkino.at)



* 26 May 2009, 18:30 *

Gangster Girls
A feature lenth documentary by Tina Leisch

Tina Leisch, Austria 2008, German OV with English subtitles, 79 Minutes

They are caught in between heroin trips and toy pistol muggings, between mad shopping sprees and depths of misery. They learn English and jail slang. They crave for substitute happiness smuggled into their cells and the next leave.

At the only women’s prison in Austria, Schwarzau, drug mules, robbers, and frauds share their cells and their yearnings for love, tobacco, and shower gel. They dream of their children who are far away or one of the inmates from Gerasdorf, the prison for male juveniles, brought to the women’s prison once a week for a co-ed theater workshop.

What put them behind bars and what is prison doing to them?


The screening is followed by a panel discussion (in English):

Tina Leisch, film director
Arno Pilgram, Institute for the Sociology of Law and Criminology
Susanne Artner-Eigner, Neustart
Manfred Nowak, Forschungsplattform "Human Rights in the European Context"
Frank Höpfel, Institut für Strafrecht und Kriminologie (angefragt)

Top Kino, Rahlgasse 1, 1060 Wien
Free entry. Reservations at Top Kino (www.topkino.at)

 

* 29 April 2009, 18:00 *

„The Reckoning“

Pamela Yates/USA/2009/englische Originalfassung/100min.

In response to repeated crimes against humanity at the end of the 20th century, 108 countries came together to set up the International Criminal Court. For the first time in history, a tribunal has been established to prosecute perpetrators regardless of their power or influence, and to punish them for crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide. This documentary follows the tireless prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo, who together with his team pursues culprits on four continents over a period of three years. As the only person in his job, he issues arrest warrants for members of the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda and warlords in the Congo. He also strives to call the Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to account for genocide in Darfur. But proceedings against the criminals encounter problems. Although the prosecutor has a mandate to arrest and subsequently indict them, he does not have executive police powers at his disposal. Should the international community commit itself to ensuring that those who perpetrate the worst crimes imaginable do not escape justice? This very topical film poses a number of questions and shows how difficult it is to create a concept of international justice. (OneWorld2009)

The Reckoning ist ein dokumentarischer Thriller im besten Sinne, der fesselnd über zwei Entwicklungen berichtet: Über die Strafverfolgung entsetzlicher Verbrechen und darüber, wie der Gerichtshof in Den Haag in seinen ersten Jahren um die Wirksamkeit seiner Arbeit kämpfte. (amnesty international)

The screening is followed by a panel discussion (in English)

Top Kino, Rahlgasse 1, 1060 Wien
Free entry. Reservations at Top Kino (www.topkino.at)

Downloads:   Invitation The Reckoning     Website Atlas of Torture



 

* 2 April 2009, 18:30 *

Taxi to the Dark Side

Alex Gibney, 2008; Englische Orginalfassung
Oscar, Best Documentary/ Academy Awards 2008

Ausgehend vom Tod eines unschuldigen Taxifahrers, der auf der Bagram US Air Force Base in Afghanistan ermordet wurde, untersucht Regisseur Alex Gibney die weltweite Inhaftierungs- und Verhörpolitik der Bush-Administration im sog. „War onTerror“. Der Oscarprämierte Dokumentarfilm ist die bisher schärfste filmische Auseinandersetzung mit der Bush-Regierung und ihrer Bereitschaft im Kampf gegen den Terrorismus, Folter und andere Menschenrechtsverletzungen zuzufügen. Der Film zeigt in schonungsloser Deutlichkeit was passiert, wenn einige wenige Männer die Befugnisse des Kriegsrechts so ausweiten, dass genau jene Prinzipien unterwandert werden, die es eigentlich zu verteidigen gilt.

"If recent American history Is ever going to be discussed with the necessary clarity and ethical rigor, this film will be essential." (New York Times)

Top Kino, Rahlgasse 1, 1060 Wien

Download: Invitation "Taxi to the Dark Side"

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