11th Human Rights Film Festival

The festival will take place in various locations throughout the city from the 22nd of October to the 7th of November and will open with a video conference with Julian Assange

The Human Rights Film Festival will inaugurate its 11th edition in Barcelona with a star attraction in the form of a video conference with the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, as part of the opening ceremony. From his temporary residence in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he remains captive, the activist will answer questions by spectators following the screening of the festival’s inaugural film, Mediastan, a film made by the Wikileaks team which reveals the adventures of the investigative team during their time in the Middle East. The inauguration will take place on the 22nd of October in the Cinemes Girona beginning at 5 pm.

As with every year, this 11th edition will focus on the best of world cinema in terms of denunciation and the raising of social awareness. This year’s festival will be extended up until the 7th of November and will offer more than 120 films, both full-length and short, many of which have previously been seen in film festivals in Cannes, Berlin and Toronto. The films will be shown in the Girona and Maldà cinemas as well as in the RAI Art venue and will include Spanish and Catalan films such as Ciutat Morta, Quinta de Chavolo, Termitas, Guerilleras and Els anys robats del Xavi as well as international films such as the Indian film Niloye Nokhon, the North American One Day After Peace and the Greek film Unknown Land. All films deal with the defence of Human Rights from perspectives such as freedom of expression, feminism, education, the right to housing and trans-sexuality.

The programme will be complemented with a series of parallel activities including concerts in defence of social rights by artists such as Elio Ruiz, Vol Menor, Pau Saura and Jirbi, who will perform in the RAI Art space on the opening day, as well as training workshops, travelling exhibitions and round table discussions. Once again, and among other organisations, the festival has the support of Amnesty International, who will present one of the festival’s awards.

The 11th edition of the Human Rights Film Festival will take place from the 22nd of October to the 7th of November in the Girona and Maldà cinemas and in the RAI Art space. Tickets are priced at 4 euros and films in the RAI Art are free for members. More information on activities, times and prices can be found here.

Publication date: Tuesday, 21 October 2014
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