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 ( to promote human rights projects. It is currently under creation of a platform for video on demand ( 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, 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.