New Human Rights Film Festival Launched in Stockholm and Lund
The festival features three days of powerful and important films and discussions on the major human rights issues of our times.
The initiative comes from the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Lund, Sweden.
“Right now we’re seeing human rights increasingly coming under pressure around the world,” says Morten Kjaerum, the director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute. “A key challenge is how to reach a broader public to talk about the importance of ensuring human rights for all. With this, the first Swedish Human Rights Film Festival, we hope to engage even more people in these important discussions.”
The Institute runs the festival in cooperation with Kino/Folkets Bio in Lund and Klarabiografen in Stockholm with support from the city of Stockholm and Lund municipality. The Association of Foreign Affairs in Lund and Stockholm are cooperation partners. The festival is also supported by ABF Huset in Lund and Stockholm, and Folkuniversitetet in Lund and Stockholm.
The festival features films ranging from bullying in South Korea and racial discrimination in the United States, to controversial development projects in Ethiopia and Sami issues in Sweden. Q&A sessions and panel discussions will feature directors of many of the films and experts on a number of the themes addressed. The oscar-nominatd film Loving is not being screened outside of this festival in Sweden.
In addition, two films, The World of Us and The Day My Father Became a Bush are targeted to children, between the ages of 10 and 14.
The festival began last year in Lund and has now expanded to Stockholm.
Complete programme in Lund
Friday, March 31
13.00 – 13.10 Introduction
13.10 – 14.40 The World of Us (Drama, 90min). Skolbio. Swedish subtitles. Salon 1.
18.30 – 19.00 Welcome Reception (30 min).
19.00 – 21.05 Loving (Drama, 123 min). English subtitles. Salon 1.
21.05 – 21.45 Skype Q&A with Dennis Parker, ACLU
Dennis Parker is the Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Racial Justice Program, leading its efforts in combating discrimination and addressing other issues with a disproportionate impact on communities of color.
Saturday, April 1
15.00 – 16.50 Ma´Rosa (Drama, 110 min). English subtitles. Salon 1.
17.00 – 17.30 Q&A with Steffen Jensen, DIGNITY.
Steffen Jensen is a Professor in the Department of Culture and Global Studies at Aalborg University and a Senior Project Researcher at the Danish Institute Against Torture (DIGNITY), where he specializes in rural and urban development issues relating to conflict, violence, and human rights. You can read more about Mr. Jensen and his work on the DIGNITY website.
18.00 – 19.30 Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas (Documentary, 90 min). English subtitles. Salon 1.
19.30 – 20.00 Q&A with Director Joakim Demmer moderated by Catia Gregoratti.
Catia Gregoratti is a lecturer in International Political Economy whose research focuses on UN-business partnerships, multistakeholder initiatives, corporate power in global governance, as well as, corporate social responsibility. Learn more about Director Demmer’s inspiration for the film here.
Sunday, April 2
15.00 – 17.10 Sameblod (Drama, 110 min). English subtitles. Recommended age: Over 11 years of age. Salon 1.
17.10 – 15.40 Panel discussion with Majvor Massa Eriksson and her daughter Helena Dådring. Majvor is a Sami woman born in 1936 who was forced to go to Swedish school when she was 7 years old. Her daughter, Helena, is the president of Sweden’s southernmost Sami-organisation “Samer i Syd”. She is politically active both as a representative in her local City Council and as a representative in the Sami Parliament for the party Interreg Sápmi.
18.00 – 19.30 The Borneo Case (Documentary, 90min). English subtitles. Salon 1.
19.30 – 20.00 Q&A with Director Erik Pauser and activist and one of the stars in the film, Mutang Urud.