Awards 13th Human Rights Film Festival of Barcelona



The closing and awards ceremony took place on December 1st at 22.00 in Cinemes Texas in Barcelona. The entrance was free and we had a big attendance.


The closing and awards ceremony of the 13th Human Rights Film Festival of Barcelona took place on December 1st at 22.00 in Cinemes Texas in Barcelona, where the jury and collaborating entities announced the winners in the official competitive sections, and the Festival awarded the honorary recognitions.


Best Feature Film: Frame by Frame
Director: Alexandria Bombach, Mo Scarpelli
Country: USA
Year: 2015
Duration: 85’
When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, taking a photo was a crime. After the regime fell from power in 2001, a fledgling free press emerged and a photography revolution was born. Now, as foreign troops and media withdraw, Afghanistan is left to stand on its own, and so are its journalists. Set in a modern Afghanistan bursting with color and character, FRAME BY FRAME follows four Afghan photojournalists as they navigate an emerging and dangerous media landscape – reframing Afghanistan for the world, and for themselves.

Best Medium-length Film: Kurdistan, La Guerre des Filles
Director: Mylène Sauloy
Country: France
Year: 2016
Duration: 52’
For the past several years a stateless revolution has swept through Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) and its neighbor to the north Bakur (Turkish Kurdistan). The new system is not just run from the bottom-up, but based on feminist priorities. Yet in the midst of this massive social re-alignment, this new region is embroiled in a savage war against ISIS. This film documents the stories and struggles of the women on the front lines, defending their people. This group of women refuse to be victims or stand by whilst other women are victimized.

Best Documentary Short Film: Maisha
Director: Cristina Duranti, Bernhard Warner
Country: Italy
Year: 2015
Duration: 28’
What happens when child miners from the DRC abandon the mines for a new life? They go to school, start businesses and stop dying at a young age. A rare and timely look at the dangers of DR Congo’s artisanal mining sector that powers our digital age.

Best Fiction Short Film: ADA
Director: Max Larruy, Tulio Ferreira
Country: Spain
Year: 2016
Duration: 5’
A young woman struggles to forget the physical and psychological damage of an abusive relationship.


Institute of Human Rights of Catalonia Award: #MyEscape
Director: Elke Sasse
Country: Germany
Year: 2016
Duration: 90’
The documentary assesses the journey that refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria and Eritrea chose to undergo, as circumstances in their home-countries have become increasingly unliveable. Hundreds of thousands are leaving their home countries, families and old lives behind, in search of some basic safety and freedom. In some cases, the mobile phone fulfilled the role of a constant companion and became a quintessential tool to facilitate the organization of ones escape. This has lead many to document their experiences.

Director: Lamia Chraibi, Lucile Alemany, Margerie David
Country: France
Year: 2015
Duration: 52’
Amazonia, Ecuador — In Sarayaku, Yasuni and Lago Agrio, – a region devastated by the Chevron Texaco corporation-, several indigenous communities are still trying to make their voices heard. Denouncing the social, cultural, environmental and human damage caused by oil extraction, they propose profoundly different ways of thinking. How does one define development? What is a “good-living” society? What solutions can be found in education? Get to know those who resist – and those who propose and create new ways to live in society.


Premio Derechos Humanos

Entregado a una persona o entidad por su difusión y protección a los Derechos Humanos, fue otorgado a Enric Duran Giralt y vino a recogerlo su madre. En apoyo a sus causas judiciales pendientes con las entidades bancarias, para que las entidades bancarias desestimen sus demandas judiciales de tipo penal y cancelen su deuda o bien como ya diversas entidades hicieron vehiculen el proceso exclusivamente por vía civil. Las entidades denunciantes deben entender que Enric no ha estafado para un lucro personal, ya que no solo ha hecho un bien a toda la comunidad en defensa de los Derechos Humanos y el empoderamiento social, sino que además destapó el error que supone conceder créditos sin garantías de retorno. Incluso más allá de ello alertó como el privilegio bancario de la creación de dinero supone una amenaza para los derechos sociales, económicos y ecológicos.

Y que más tarde se ha comprobado que estaba totalmente en lo cierto, originando todo lo que vino después con la crisis bancaria y la crisis económica que ha afectado a la mayor parte de la población. Después de llevar cerca de 4 años fuera de casa para defender su libertad, Enric ha pagado ya injustamente mucho más de lo que lo haya hecho ninguno de los responsables bancarios que nos llevó a la crisis.

** En la entrega tuvimos la presencia de Enric Durán en videoconferencia.

Premios Periodismo y Derechos Humanos

Los Premios Periodismo y Derechos Humanos están dirigidos a colectivos o individuos, locales o internacionales, en riesgo por su trabajo y compromiso con la verdad y los derechos humanos. Dentro de esta categoría, el Festival otorgó los siguientes premios: Premio Voces por los derechos humanos (radio), Premio Letras por los derechos humanos (prensa) y Premio Mirada por los derechos humanos (televisión, digital, foto, audiovisual).

Este año, el Festival centró su mirada en Honduras, debido a las actuales vulneraciones a los Derechos Humanos y el asesinato este año de la activista hondureña Berta Cáceres.

En este contexto, se realizó una videoconferencia con la periodista hondureña Dina Meza, a la que se le otorgó el Premio Letras por su compromiso con la defensa de los derechos a la libertad de expresión e información, y otra con la radio hondureña Radio Progreso que recibió el Premio Voces y el Premio Mirada a su sección audiovisual por el documental Guardiana de los ríos.

El documental muestra la lucha de la activista medioambiental Berta Cáceres contra la privatización de los ríos de Honduras.

Berta Cáceres fue asesinada el 6 de marzo de 2016, tras haber recibido repetidas amenazas de muerte. A lo largo de su vida luchó contra proyectos hidroeléctricos, mineros y madereros, destacando su lucha contra la presa hidroeléctrica de Agua Zarca en el río Gualcarque en Santa Bárbara, cuya construcción afecta gravemente a las comunidades indígenas. El río Gualcarque es, además de una importante fuente de agua y alimentos, un río sagrado para el pueblo lenca. En la tradición los espíritus femeninos están en los ríos y las mujeres son sus principales guardianas.



Awards ceremony of the 12th edition of the Human Rights Film Festival of Barcelona. On December 10th, International Day
of the Human Rights, the Human Rights Film Festival of Barcelona, directed by Toni Navarro and organized by Derechos en Acción, an organization which promotes and educates on Human Rights, democratic development, and human sustainability, will celebrate the closing and awards ceremonies of its 12th edition, which will take place at 18.00 in Cinemes Girona in Barcelona.

The Human Rights Film Festival has been again one of the main platforms of this kind, aiming at dignifying and promoting the work of local and international filmmakers dealing with Human Rights after the important event at the Festival opening on November 26th with the national premiere of the film “Ayotzinapa, a State crime”, supported by the participation on a video call of the filmmakers and Javier Sicilia, a referent in Mexico leading a peace process for justice.

During 15 intense days, the Human Rights Film Festival has organized, once again, many different activities dealing with Human Rights. More than 140 films have been part of the official selection, of which 120 have been screened in Barcelona, while the rest were simultaneously screened in Paris and New York. More than 100 guests from all around the world have attended the festival, including filmmakers, crew members, artists, and speakers, who were invited to the screenings and the seven round tables held in Barcelona and parallel events.

On Thursday December 10th, commemorating the International Day of the Human Rights, we will celebrate the awards ceremony of the 12th edition of the the festival from 18.00 to 20.00 in Cinemes Girona in Barcelona.

Due to the 40th anniversary of the death of the Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, the Festival has given special attention to films dealing with the victims and missing people of the Franco era. The Festival wanted to give recognition to the efforts still being done in order to reduce the list of missing people pending for identification. This list is one of the largest in the world, only second to Pol Pot’s Cambodian communist regime. Spain continues to be the second country with more missing people.

According to UN recommendations and its spokesperson Pablo de Greiff, Spain still has work to do on Truth, Justice, Healing and Memory, with the aim of not repeating errors of the past.

In order to give voice to those who continue working on this subject and to highlight their involvement with the historical memory, the Festival has given two awards from the official selection to:

– “Vencidxs”, directed by Aitor Fernández with the Best Feature Film Award. This film is a project composed by more than one hundred interviews to the last survivors of the Spanish Civil War and the subsequent Francoist repression.

– “El camí d’un protocol”, by Carles Seuba and Guillem Escriche, with the Best Short Film Award. A film about the project of creating a NDA bank in order to identify the missing people during the Civil War. Both films will be screened again during the awards ceremony. The Festival will also give the award to a person or entity in recognition of the promotion and protection of Human Rights.

This year the Human Rights Award has been given to the non-profit cooperative of renewable energy “Som Energia”, committed to motivate a change in the current energy model in order to achieve a model 100% renewable and accessible to all.

The Festival also has the support of Amnesty International and collaborates with Survival International, organization working for the rights of indigenous peoples which awards the best film on the subject.

Amnesty International has awarded the film “Camp 72”, by Seema Mathur. According to this organization, the film portraits the use of women as a war weapon in countries under conflict. The film also reveals the lack of access to justice and healing by the victims, due to the recommendations formulated in 2009 by the Liberian Commission of Truth and Reconciliation were hardly put in place.

The Best Film on indigenous theme goes to “Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians”, by Hernán Vílchez. The film features the emblematic case of the defense of Wirikuto, the sacred territory of the Huichol ethnic group, against the threat of minin exploitation.

The Festival will also give the International Journalism and Human Rights awards, created to acknowledge collectives or individuals, local or international, under risk due to their work and commitment to the truth and Human Rights. The awards has three categories:

– Voice for Human Rights Award (radio): awarded to the communitarian Colombian broadcasting radio station “Contagio Radio”, born from the necessity of creating a space to promote Human Rights.

– Pencil for Human Rights Award (written press), will be awarded to “AIC (Alternative Information Center)”, Palestinian- Israeli progressive organization which, by fostering information, political involvement and collective work, promotes the joint analysis and search of solutions of justice to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

– Look for Human Rights Award (television, digital, photo, audiovisual) awarded to the Afghan filmmaker Rahmatullah Haidari and his film “Street Wolves”, about the harassment of women in his country, premiered in last year’s edition. Both filmmaker and his family are under threat of Talibans and extremist groups due to his defense of Human Rights in Afghanistan, and are currently seeking political asylum.

More info:
Please visit our website for more info about the event. The event can also be followed on social media:

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– Instagram: festival_de_derechos_humanos.


Human Rights Festival 2015

Summary of the press file


The 2015 program opens with “Ayotzinapa. Chronicle of a state crime “, in tribute to the missing students, remembering the tragic incident in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico which occurred fourteen months ago and still stands unaccounted for.

Including a  videoconference with Omar Garcia, one of the survivors, as well as the director and producer of the film, as well as the Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, who leads a movement for justice in the country.

In conjunction, Francisco Toledo, one of the most recognized Mexican artists will inaugurate the exhibition “Kites”. Kites by 43. The opening of the exhibition will be held at 20:30 at the Girona Cinemas, half an hour before the central opening at 21:00.

As part of the opening, the film “Last Kawahivas” 6 minutes, narrated by British actor Mark Rylance will also be projected. Coming from the Survival International  organization which defends the rights of indigenous peoples and will feature a direct action for people to sign letters of support for the campaign of the Kawahivas.

Movies featured:

 Medium-length and short films in fiction, animation and documentary with previously awarded by the most important festivals in the world, can be seen for two weeks in Barcelona in Girona cinemas. Most of the films will be released for the first time and will premier statewide.

Among the topics discussed include: LGBTI, working conditions, peace movement, minorities, ecology, missing (human rights violations and military regimes), the right to public expression and freedom of press, political refugees, rights of children, solidarity, disability , elderly and gender rights among others.

Including national films as “Darrere the porta” “Vencidxs” “A tu et sembla that?” “The Camí d’un protocol” “23 30. A captive history” “Yet are the Quds “” The Treasure of Corcoesto “. As for the international grid “Swaraj” “Fire lines” “Stink!” “Desmond Tutu: Children of the light” “Flying of wind” “Life on hold” “Huicholes, the last guardians of peyote” “L’chaim “” Olya’s love “” A long night “” Terrorism and radicalization “” How I saved Africa “” Camp 72 “

This year the festival has the participation of over 40 national and international filmmakers and professionals who opened cineforums to air their own films to the public.
Directors coming from Argentina, USA, Ecuador, Germany, Italy, UK, Russia, Colombia, India, Korea, Mexico, Iraq, Lebanon, and also a Saharawi and Kurdish Iraq principal.

The festival will be much more than cinema: round tables, film forums and events.

In addition, debates will be organized on different environmental issues and will feature prominent speakers. A roundtable of victims of Franco-centric DNA bank and disappearances features in exhibitions from Roger Jornet Heredia, F. Xavier Pablo Menendez, Carme Barrot Freixat and Sergi Bernal. Within the framework of the Afro decade, a roundtable will address issues of integration and the fine line between positive and negative discrimination. In the table  Abuy Nfubea President of the Pan African Federation, along with Boniface Ofogo, Edwin Salcedo and Pablo Argente. Addressing the issue of the rule of law in a single panel, gatheringthe members of the various police unions, a member of the group Judges for Democracy and the Union of Journalists, to discuss the current state of division of powers in the country. Sahrawis, the oldest refugees in the world, will again be present at the Festival in a roundtable with the participation Walad Mussa delegate of the Polisario Front in Catalonia presenting Nuria Salamé, Saleh Larosi, Abdlahi Mashnan Salama, Mohamed Ahmed and Mohamed Lamin.

In another roundtable we will debate the issue of Human Rights in an independent Catalonia, where representatives from most political forces of Catalonia.

Esther Quintana, who was hit by a rubber bullet and lost one eye during a demonstration will attend as a speaker in an organized table setting to the film about their case “Your you sembla?” (To you what you think? ). To deepen the debate also we have the participation of the director and producer Pau Poch film Manubens Teresa.

We will have the presentation of the Community Festival in Ciudad Bolivar in Bogota, Colombia. Lorena Zulay Absil, one of its organizers, will share their experiences of social transformation through a neighborhood cinema.

The offer is completed with other activities such as Voices of Earth, an event of poetry, music and visual arts that will open on November 28 from 18:00 in Hall Bostik where 30 artists will participate to encourage reflection on the Human rights. The result of the exposure will remain until the end of the Festival.

These events will include meditation workshops in collaboration with Peace Revolution led by Buddhist monks in Thailand in the morning in different parts of the city.

While the festival takes place in the Girona Cinemas, it takes place in five prisons in Barcelona in order to involve the whole society in the process of reflection on human rights.


On December 10 the various prizes awarded by the Festival will be delivered once again and give recognition to directors and the themes they bravely challenge which often remain invisible.

Among the award categories are: Official Selection Short Film Award, Feature Film Official Selection Award and Human Rights Award given to an individual or entity for the promotion and protection of human rights. In this edition the latter will be awarded by energy cooperative Som Energia.
Within the Festival of Cinema and Human Rights and the Human Rights Journalism Awards consisting of Voice Award for Human Rights (radio) Lyrics Award for Human Rights (press) Look Award for Human Rights (television, digital, photo are also granted , audiovisual). Especially aimed at international awards, at risk for their work and commitment to truth and human rights groups or individuals, or local. This year the prize will reward the work of Mirada director Rahmat Afghan Haidari for his commitment to human rights and especially gender violence issues. Because of his film “The Street Wolves” which was released nationwide in the previous version of the Festival, he is persecuted by the Taliban in Afghanistan and is currently a CIE in Germany in the process to obtain political refugee status.

Amnesty International and Survival International Award

Film Festival and Human Rights of  Barcelona once again, recognises the support of Amnesty International, and the organisation will once again award a prize.  It also collaborates with the NGO Survival International, a global movement for the rights of indigenous and tribal peoples, who awarded the prize for best indigenous film. Both awards will be announced at the closing ceremony of the festival on December 10 at 20:00 in the Girona cinemas.

The Festival organization Rights Action also organizes throughout the year international exhibitions in over 30 countries in collaboration with AECID and local authorities in the respective countries. It also has its own crowdfunding platform (www.uruco.com) to promote human rights projects. It is currently under creation of a platform for video on demand (www.humanrightsfilm.com) for online display works at a fair price to the producer or director. At the same time, is an organization of direct support to film directors threatened because of their commitment to human rights. Rights Action has also created a letter which can be found here: www.cualestu compromiso.com, sent to all the political forces with the recommendations of Pablo de Greiff to know what is the commitment of our political environment on this topic.

Julian Assange 2014

Julian Assange 2014

 Barcelona Human Rights Film Festival offers a videoconference with Wikileaks leader Julian Assange

This year, Human Rights Film Festival of Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, directed by Toni Navarro and organiced by the discovered view, opens with a highlight. On October 22, opening day, Julian Assange will be with us at Cinema Girona in Barcelona via videoconference.

The festival, taking place from October 22 to November 7, start on day 22 at 5 p.m., with the inaugural screening “Mediastan”, a film shot by Wikileaks team, that reveals  the adventure of the research team in Middle East. This screening at Girona Cinemas in Barcelona will be the national premiere.

After the screening Julian Assange, victim of an international plot because of his journalistic work, which can be considered one of the bravest of the modern era and has undoubtedly transformed the whole informational paradigm worldwide, he will chat with us from his temporary residence in the Embassy of Ecuador in London, where he continues retained, accepting questions from the audience, aware of the importance of reporting crimes against human rights, the right to information and transparency.

Human Rights Film Festival of Barcelona begin its 11th edition, focused one more year on showing the best of national and international film that claim and awareness of local and world situation of Human Rights with over 120 movies.


Much more than cinema: Movies and parallel sections

More than 120 feature and short films awarded at Cannes, Berlin and Toronto among others festivals, will be on display for two weeks in Maldà and Girona cinemas and RAI Art space.

We’ll be able to watch national films as “Ciutat Morta”,”Quinta del Chavolo”,”Termites” “Guerrilla”,”Jambo Amani”, “Els anys robats del Xavi”, “La Cage”, and also international movies as “One day after peace” (USA),  “Niloye Nokhon”(India), “Concrete”(Korea) or “Unknown land” (Greece). All of them about the defense of Human Rights with themes like  transsexuality, feminism and freedom of expression, repression, housing rights, education, free movement of people, international conflicts …

The offer is completed with parallel activities such as concerts by musical groups in defense of social rights as Elios Ruiz, Vol Menor, Pau Saura and, that will performance at the space of artistic creation RAI ART at the opening day.

Also will be training workshops, itinerant shows and international panels of discussion. Although the headquarters are in Barcelona, the Festival keep small satellite in Paris and NYC, and the organization works with the eponymous festival in Valencia.


 Amnesty International and Survival International Award

The Film Festival of Barcelona and Human Rights is supported once again by Amnesty International, providing an honorific award. Also Survival International, the global movement for the rights of indigenous and tribal peoples, works with the Festival, and granted the award for best indigenous film. Both prizes will be awarded on November 7 at the space of artistic creation RAI ART.

Survival will also present “Here we go again,” an animated short film that demolishes the myth that imposing “development” to indigenous peoples helps them.

These collaborations are giving strength to the festival organizers and participants, that continues supporting and rewarding feature and short films submitted, despite the ever more scarce institutional aid.

But cinema is not the only motivation. The festival also honors the work of journalists in conflict zones where human rights are in danger, which this year will fall on Dick Emanuelsson, Swedish reported based in Colombia and now in Honduras.

All these support to the festival organized by Toni Navarro with the help of La Mirada Descubierta align themselves with the nomination last year by the International Committee of Cities against Racism (ICCAR) of UNESCO


Julian Assange 2014

Julian Assange 2014

Julian Assange inaugura el Festival de Cine y Derechos Humanos de Barcelona 2014

El Festival de Cine y Derechos Humanos ofrece una videoconferencia con el líder de Wikileaks

El Festival de Cine y Derechos Humanos de Barcelona abre con un plato fuerte. El 22 de octubre, día de su inauguración, Julian Assange ofrecerá una videoconferencia a los asistentes en los cines Girona de Barcelona.

El festival, que se celebrará del 22 de octubre al 7 de noviembre, dirigido por Toni Navarro y organizado por La Mirada Descubierta, empezará con la proyección inaugural el dia 22 a las 5 de la tarde en los cine Gerona de “Mediastan”, una película rodada por el equipo de Wikileaks, en los cines Girona de Barcelona donde será premier nacional. En ella se revela la aventura del equipo de investigación por Oriente Medio.

Tras la proyección Julian Assange victima de un complot internacional que recae sobre su persona debido a su trabajo periodístico, que se puede considerar uno de los mas valientes de la época moderna y que ha transformado sin lugar a dudas todo el paradigma informativo a nivel mundial, ofrecerá una conferencia desde su residencia provisional en la embajada de Ecuador en Londres, donde continúa retenido, en la que aceptará preguntas de los asistentes, conscientes de la importancia de denunciar los crímenes contra los Derechos Humanos, el derecho a la información y la transparencia.

El festival de Cine y Derechos Humanos de Barcelona, iniciará así su 11a edición, centrada como cada año en mostrar lo mejor del cine nacional e internacional que conciencia y denuncia la situación local y mundial con más de 120 películas.

Mucho más que cine: Películas y secciones paralelas

Más de 120 largometrajes y cortometrajes, premiados en los festivales de Cannes, Berlín y Toronto entre otros, se podrán ver durante dos semanas en los cines Girona y Maldà, así como el espacio RAI ART.

Entre ellas se encuentran films nacionales como “Ciutat Morta”, “Quinta del Chavolo”, “Termitas”, “Guerrilleras””Jambo Amani””els anys robats del Xavi””La Jaula”, e internacionales: “One day after peace” (USA) Niloye Nokhon” (India), “Concrete”(Corea) o “Unknown land” (Grecia). Todas ellas tratan la defensa de los Derechos Humanos, desde la transexualidad, feminismo y libertad de expresión, hasta represión, derecho a la vivienda, educación, libre circulación de personas, conflictos internacionales…

La oferta se completa con actividades paralelas como conciertos de grupos musicales en defensa de los derechos sociales como Elios Ruiz, Vol Menor, Pau Saura y Jirbi, que actuarán en la espacio de creación artística RAI ART el día de la inauguración.

A estos eventos cabrá sumar los talleres formativos, muestras itinerantes y mesas redondas de ámbito internacional que se realizarán en estas dos semanas. La aunque la sede principal es Barcelona el Festiva mantiene pequeños satélites en Paris y NYC, la organización colabora con el festival homónimo de Valencia.

Premio Amnistía Internacional y Survival International

El Festival de Cine y Derechos Humanos de Barcelona cuenta con el apoyo, una vez más, de Amnistía Internacional entidad que otorga un premio respectivo dentro del mismo. También colabora con el Festival Survival International, el movimiento global por los derechos de los pueblos indígenas y tribales, que otorgara el premio a la mejor cinta indígena. Ambos premios que serán otorgados el 7 de Noviembre en la sede de Rai-Art.

Survival también presentará “Allá vamos, otra vez”, un corto animado que demuele el mito de que imponer el “desarrollo” a los pueblos indígenas los ayuda.

Estas colaboraciones siguen dando fuerzas a organizadores y participantes del festival quien sigue apoyando la causa y premiando los largometrajes y cortometrajes presentados, pese a las, cada vez, más escasas ayudas institucionales.

Pero el cine no es el único aliciente. El festival premia también los trabajos de periodistas en zonas en conflicto donde los Derechos Humanos están en peligro, que este año recaerá en Dick Emanuelsson Sueco afincado en Colombia y ahora en Honduras.

Todos estos apoyos al festival organizado por Toni Navarro con la ayuda de La Mirada Descubierta se suman a la nominación otorgado el año pasado por el Comité Internacional de las Ciudades contra el Racismo (ICCAR) de la UNESCO.