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Der Internationaler Nürnberger Filmpreis der Menschenrechte geht an This Is Not a Burrial, It’s a Resurrection von Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese.

In beeindruckenden Bildern, verstörenden Klängen und poetischen Worten nähert sich der Film einer Umgebung die uns Fremd und doch so nah erscheint.
Er nimmt uns mit auf die Reise einer Frau, die vom Leben gebeutelt mit einer ehrfürchtigen Güte versucht ihren verstorbenen Liebsten wieder nah zu sein.

This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection – von Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese ist ein episches Meisterwerk, mit dem er nicht nur sich, sondern der gesamten Community von Lesotho, ein Denkmal setzt.

Sein Debüt ist poetisch, aber auch bildstark, traumhaft bis verträumt, und doch so grausam hautnah, konkret und präzise. Eine fiktive Geschichte aus der scheinbar fernen Welt, die jedoch mehr über unsere Gesellschaft aussagt, als uns lieb wäre: Eine Geschichte über die Macht des Kapitalismus, über Missbrauch und Missachtung von Menschen und Natur. Aber auch eine ermutigende Geschichte über Zusammenhalt, Selbstbehauptung und die Macht der scheinbar Machtlosesten der Welt: Einer alten, schwarzen Frau, die mit ihrem Leben eigentlich schon abgeschlossen hat.
Seine großartige Hauptdarstellerin Mary Twala Mhlongo brilliert in ihrem reduziertem Spiel und ihrer stoischen Art und zeigt, was es bedeutet, für den Kampf zu leben, auch wenn sie für ihre Sache am liebsten sterben würde. Sie entfacht in sich einen neuen Lebenswillen und somit auch den Kollektiven Geist des Widerstands ihrer Dorfgemeinde.
„Viele sahen den Tod, nur die Tochter von niemanden, Sah eine Auferstehung. Nicht die der Toten, sondern der Lebenden.“

Ein poetisches Kunstwerk was unbedingt angeschaut werden muss. Eine traumhafte Komposition aus Bildern, Tönen und Poesie: Das ist Kino.

Hamze Bytyci, Anne Kodura, Brigid O’Shea


Der mit 1.000 Euro dotierte Publikumspreis des Festivals geht an den Dokumentarfilm Herr Bachmann und seine Klasse der Regisseurin Maria Speth.

Der ebenfalls mit 1.000 Euro dotierte Preis der Open Eyes-Jugendjury geht an den Film Wem gehört mein Dorf? von Christoph Eder.

Im Rahmen eines Projektseminars unserer Schule haben wir die Möglichkeit bekommen, uns in dem letzten Jahr intensiv mit dem Thema Menschenrechte auseinanderzusetzen und ein ganz persönliches Verständnis davon aufzubauen. Darüber hinaus haben wir uns damit auseinandergesetzt, was einen Film überhaupt ausmacht – was Filme auf technischer, filmischer und inhaltlicher Ebene so besonders machen.

Wir haben viel gelernt und hätten das Gelernte kaum besser konkretisiert erleben können als mit den sechs Filmen des diesjährigen Jugendprogramms.

Innerhalb von drei Tagen durften wir eine facettenreiche Auswahl an Filmen erleben, was die Entscheidung nicht unbedingt leicht gemacht hat. Jeder dieser Filme, in seiner Einzigartigkeit, wäre einer Ehrung würdig.

Für wenige Stunden haben wir den uns fremdartig erscheinenden Alltag von Kindern in Kabul und mexikanischen Migrantenfamilien miterleben können, haben die Einwohner des Roya-Tals bewundert, die an der französisch-italienischen Grenze Moral über Gesetz stellen um Flüchtlinge zu helfen, haben die Grundzüge der Demokratie am Beispiel eines  norddeutschen Dorfes kennenlernen können, waren erstaunt wie selbst Finanzexperten bei grundlegenden Fragen zu unserem Wirtschaftssystem ins stottern kamen und haben Geschichten von verschiedenen Transsexuellen gehört, von Herausforderungen, aber auch Normalität in ihren Leben.

 Nun kam der knifflige Teil. Wir müssten uns für einen der Filme entscheiden, den wir auszeichnen möchten. Dies ist, wie Sie sich vorstellen können, nicht einfach gewesen. Doch nach langer Diskussion waren wir uns einig. Und somit möchte ich Ihnen den Preisträgerfilm  vorstellen.

Der Film „Wem gehört mein Dorf“ erzählt von einem Ort, Göhren in Norddeutschland, seiner Geschichte und all den Veränderungen, die sich dort seit der Wende abgespielt haben – sowie den Einwohnern, die mit einigen eben dieser Veränderungen Probleme haben und sich endlich entschieden Initiative zu ergreifen.

Die Geschichte, die Christoph Eder von seinem Heimatort erzählt, berichtet von zutiefst lokaler Politik, veranschaulicht aber gleichzeitig die grundlegenden Funktionsweisen von Demokratie im Großen. Der Film war ein erstaunlich spannendes Erlebnis, zum Ende haben wir regelrecht mitgefiebert, ob die alt eingesessen Politiker, genannt „Die Vier von der Stange“ nach 25 Jahren tatsächlich im Gemeinderat abgelöst werden.

Nach dem Film war man plötzlich motiviert zum Engagement, Demokratie geht nicht ohne Mitarbeit das wurde uns allen klar.

Und auch Menschenrechte: Sie bringen nicht viel, wenn wir sie nicht nutzen.

Wie einst John Lewis sagte über Wahrheit, Gerechtigkeit und Gleichheit:

“Wenn du etwas beobachtest, das nicht richtig, nicht fair oder nicht gerecht ist, musst du dich äußern. Du musst etwas sagen, und du musst etwas tun.”

Und somit freuen wir uns den diesjährigen Open Eyes Preis heute an Chistoph Eder und seiner Dokumentation „Wem Gehört mein Dorf“ zu verleihen

Unsere Open Eyes-Jugendjury waren 2021 Hannah-Lucia A Campo, Leonhard Grillmeyer, Johanna Jantsch, Mia Kappler und Clara Steinfels. Das Preisgeld wurde von STABILO International gestiftet.

International Jury 2021

Hamze Bytici

Hamze Bytyci, born in 1982 in Prizren/Kosovo, lives and works in Berlin. In 1989, his family came to Germany. Already at the age of eight, he makes his first steps as an activist at Christmas 1990 in the church asylum in Tübingen, when his family was fighting against their own deportation. In 2005, he graduates from drama school in Freiburg and founds the organization Amaro Drom (Our Way). After a one-year engagement in Zurich, he moves to Berlin in 2006, where he performs and directs at Ballhaus Naunynstraße, Maxim Gorki Theater, and smaller theaters. Since 2007 Bytyci has worked as a foundation consultant, as an independent theater and media educator at various Berlin schools, and as an intercultural family helper for LebensWelt. In 2012, he founded the association RomaTrial e.V., where, among other things, he manages the online radio station Radio Corel and organizes international film summer schools under the label Balkan Onions. In 2012, he developed his own interactive performance format, Hilton 437, in which he explores social and political issues. Since 2016, he has been a member of the Berlin state executive committee of DIE LINKE. In October 2017, he organized for the first time the AKE DIKHEA? Festival of Romani Film. In April 2018 he was co-curator of the 1st Roma Biennale, the first self-organized biennial by and with Roma artists from all over Europe at the Maxim Gorki Theater.

Photo © Jennifer Tuffour

Anne Kodura

Born in 1987 in Halle (Saale). Studied media art at the Academy of Art in Munich. First experiences in directing theater, short and experimental films.

Her first feature-length documentary WASTELAND – SO THAT NO ONE BECOMES AWARE OF IT premiered at the Berlinale (Generation), was subsequently screened at numerous festivals and won, among others, the Open Eyes Youth Jury Award at the 8th edition of the Nuremberg Film Festival of Human Rights.

Furthermore, she was a jury member of the Generation International Jury of the 66th Berlinale and was represented twice as Berlinale Talent in recent years, most recently in the Script Station with her feature film script ALMA.

Brigid O’Shea

Brigid O’Shea has lived and worked in Germany and Europe since 2005. She started her career at the Berlin International Film Festival, where she worked for various departments including Berlinale Talents, Berlinale Co-Production Market and the EFM. She was the coordinator of the DOK Industry Programme from 2010 and was appointed head of DOK Industry in late 2014. She left this post in 2021 to establish the Documentary Association of Europe, to usher in a new generation of professionals and advocate on a pan-European level for documentary filmmakers. She has previously freelanced for many documentary institutions in Europe and also for production companies. She tutors across the globe on international co-financing and pitching as well as festival strategies and cultural management. She moderates and curates discussions and programmes on non-fiction filmmaking as an internationally-respected consultant with a wide and diverse network. Currently she serves on the advisory boards of B2B Doc and DMZ Docs.

Photo © Susann Jehnichen

NIHRFF 12 in photos

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 – Opening

Oberbürgermeister Marcus König mit Festivalleiterin Andrea Kuhn

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Die Open Eyes-Jugendreporter führen Interviews

Moderator Tom Viewegh

Oberbürgermeister Marcus König

Gebärdensprachdolmetscherin Carolin Reuter

Festivalleiterin Andrea Kuhn

Grußbotschaft von Vinothraj P.S. Regisseur des Eröffnungsfilms PEBBLES

Marcus König, Andrea Kuhn und Horst Brinkmann (Stabilo International)

© Nuremburg International Human Rights Film Festival (NIHRFF), photos: Steffen Kirschner

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Martina Priessner (DIE WÄCHTERIN)

Regisseurin Martina Priessner im Filmgespräch

Filmgespräch über Zoom mit Rosine Mbakam (DELPHINE’S PRAYERS)

Rosine Mbakam (DELPHINE’S PRAYERS)

Filmgespräch zu THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER mit Arash Asadi,Antonia Kilian, Guevara Namer

Antonia Kilian (Regisseurin THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER)

Guevara Namer (Drehbuch THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER)

Arash Asadi (Drehbuch THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER)

Filmgespräch mit Lancelot Chan (Drehbuch DECAMERON)

Lancelot Chan (DECAMERON)

© Nuremburg International Human Rights Film Festival (NIHRFF), photos: Steffen Kirschner

Friday, October 1, 2021

Radio Z Talk mit Lancelot Chan (DECAMERON)

Filmgespräch mit Alina Cyranek (HOTEL ASTORIA)

Alina Cyranek (HOTEL ASTORIA)

Filmgespräch mit Nina Fischer und Maroan el Sani (APPROPRIATION TAKES YOU ON A WEIRD RIDE)

Moritz Siebert (ZAHLVATERSCHAFT)

Filmgespräch mit Moritz Siebert

Narges Kalhor (IN THE NAME OF SCHEHERAZADE OR THE FIRST BEERGARDEN IN TEHERAN)

Narges Kalhor

Live in concert: das_synthikat

das_synthikat

© Nuremburg International Human Rights Film Festival (NIHRFF), photos: Nina Kunz

Saturday, Oktober 2, 2021

Filmgespräch über Zoom mit Vinothraj P.S. (PEBBLES)

Chris Bellaj von Radio Z

Moritz Siebert (ZAHLVATERSCHAFT) im Radio Z-Talk

Nina Fischer (APPROPRIATION TAKES YOU ON A WEIRD RIDE)

Nina Fischer und Maroan el Sani im Radio Z-Talk

Isabelle Ingold (ELSEWHERE, EVERYWHERE)

Filmgespräch zu ELSEWHERE, EVERYWHERE

Vivianne Perelmuter (ELSEWHERE, EVERYWHERE)

© Nuremburg International Human Rights Film Festival (NIHRFF), photos: Nina Kunz

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Filmgespräch mit Julian Radlmaier (BLUTSAUGER)

Julian Radlmaier

Laura Plancarte (NON WESTERN) im Gespräch

Jean Boiron Lajous (WORDS OF BANDITS) im Radio Z-Talk

Filmgespräch mit Maria Speth ( HERR BACHMANN UND SEINE KLASSE)

Maria Speth

Außenspielort in der Katharinenruine

in der Katharinenruine

in der Katharinenruine

Marta Popivoda (LANDSCAPES OF RESISTANCE)

Filmgespräch mit Marta Popivoda (LANDSCAPES OF RESISTANCE)

© Nuremburg International Human Rights Film Festival (NIHRFF), photos: Nina Kunz

Monday, October 4, 2021

Filmgespräch mit Jean Boiron Lajous (WORDS OF BANDITS)

Jean Boiron Lajous (WORDS OF BANDITS)

Maria Speth

Firouzeh Khosrovani (RADIOGRAPH OF A FAMILY)

Firouzeh Khosrovani

© Nuremburg International Human Rights Film Festival (NIHRFF), photos: Steffen Kirschner

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 – Award ceremony

Horst Brinkmann (Stabilo International)

Winner Christoph Eder (WHO OWNS MY VILLAGE?) with theOpen Eyes Youth jury and reporters

Christoph Eder (WHO OWNS MY VILLAGE?)

Andrea Kuhn and Audience Award Winner Maria Speth (MR. BACHMANN AND HIS CLASS)

Presenter Tom Viewegh

The international Jury (Anne Kodura und Hamze Bytyci, Brigid O’Shea)

Hamze Bytyci

Greetings from winner Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese (THIS IS NOT A BURIAL, IT’S A RESURRECTION)

Maria Speth, Andrea Kuhn, Christoph Eder and Horst Brinkmann

Live in concert: Shabnam Zamani

© Nuremburg International Human Rights Film Festival (NIHRFF), Fotos: Steffen Kirschner

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 – Panel discussion

Andrea Kuhn and Dieter Müller (medico international)

© Nuremburg International Human Rights Film Festival (NIHRFF), Fotos: Steffen Kirschner

Our NIHRFF Weekender 2022 programme will be published here in the beginning of September 2022.

The NIHRFF programme 2021 and an overview of previous festivals and weekender can be found in the archive.

Archive

Weekender 2020

ADAM

MA/F 2019, 98 Min., DCP, Arabic with German subtitles, director: Maryam Touzani, actors: Lubna Azabal, Douae Belkhaouda, Nisrin Erradi a. o.

It is not the first door Samia has knocked on. Abla does not want to take in the pregnant young woman who appears out of the blue and asks for help. But Abla’s eight-year-old daughter Warda disagrees and so Abla eventually gives in and offers the lost soul a shelter for a couple of nights.
This modest, sensitive directorial debut shows how much the lives of these two women are shaped by Morocco’s patriarchal society. Samia, unmarried and pregnant, is running away from something on the streets of Casablanca. For Abla, widowed and a single parent, her small house and the bakery she runs are a fortress that protects her from the outside world.
The women, subtly played by Loubna Azabal and Nisrin Erradi, gradually grow closer and we learn how they became what they are – a bit like the ingredients for Abla’s bread, which only reveal their secrets when kneaded together with skill and love.

BECOMING BLACK

D 2019, 91 Min., DCP, director: Ines Johnson-Spain

Her parents and brother are white, but her skin is dark. They are told that this is pure coincidence. That’s what happened to a girl in East Berlin in the 1960s. In an East German village, Sigrid falls in love with Lucien, a Togolese student, and becomes pregnant, but she is already married to Armin.
The child is the filmmaker Ines Johnson-Spain. At home she is told that everything is fine and there is nothing to discuss, but outside she is often confronted with racist hostility. In this intimate yet critical search for clues, she combines these confusing and painful childhood memories in a sober tone that tell of a culture of rejection, silence and denial. She also travels to Togo to visit her family.
BECOMING BLACK is a very personal reflection on themes such as identity, social norms and family ties, and focuses on a decidedly Afro-German perspective.

THERE IS NO EVIL

Sheytan vojud nadarad D/CZ/IR 2020, 150 Min., DCP, Farsi with German subtitles, director: Mohammad Rasoulof, actors: Ehsan Mirhosseini, Kaveh Ahangar, Mohammad Valizadegan, a. o.

Heshmat, an exemplary husband and father, leaves for work very early every morning. Where is he going? Pouya cannot imagine killing another human being, yet he gets the order. Can there be a way out for him? Javad visits his girlfriend Nana for her birthday to propose to her. But this day holds another surprise for Nana. Bahram is a doctor but is not allowed to practise. When his niece Darya from Germany visits him, he decides to reveal to her the reasons.
Mohammad Rasoulof, NIHRFF Guest of Honour 2015, tells four stories about people whose lives are more or less connected to the death penalty. Is moral integrity possible under a despotic regime? And at what price can it be possible to preserve individual freedom in such situations? Winner of the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlinale 2020.

STATUS AND TERRAIN

D 2019, 118 Min., DCP, director: Ute Adamczewski

Ute Adamczewskis Dokumentarfilm erzählt die Geschichte einer Eskalation.

Ute Adamczewski’s documentary tells the story of an escalation.
The starting point of the film are the so-called wild concentration camps, which were set up immediately after the National Socialist seizure of power in March 1933 to eliminate political opponents and which have largely been forgotten today. STATUS AND TERRAIN shows how the history of those places has been revised by time and how different political cultures of remembrance have inscribed themselves in them. The film links three successive periods of German history into a loose narrative in which violence plays an essential role in the assertion of power. Thus STATUS AND TERRAIN not only tells of places that became part of a network-like fascist infrastructure at the very beginning of National Socialism, but which later – after the Second World War, after the end of the GDR, in the all-German present of the NSU – became contested spaces of an interpretative sovereignty of history and legitimisation of political lines.

Film Talk with Ines Johnson-Spain

On Thursday, 1.10.2020, Ines-Johnson Spain was our guest and opened our Weekender to talk about her film BECOMING BLACK. The recording of the film talk is only available in German.

Film Talk with Ute Adamczewksi and Stefan Neuberger

On Sunday, 4.10.2020, director Ute Adamczewski and cinematographer Stefan Neuberger were our guests and talked to us about their film STATUS AND TERRAIN.

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NIHRFF 2019

Programme

All films A-Z

Accompanying Programme

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Here you find film description videos in German sign language for our deaf audience.

Award Winners

The Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Award of the International Jury goes to: THE SILENCES by Beatriz Seignier. It comes with a cash prize of 2.500 Euros. Our International Jury: Pamela Cohn (USA), Stefanie Görtz (Germany), Kirijana Nikoloska (North Macedonia).

The Audience Award goes to: A THOUSAND GIRLS LIKE ME by Sahra Mani. It comes with a cash prize of 1.000 Euros.

The Open Eyes Youth Jury Award goes to: PUSH by Fredrik Gertten. It comes with a cash prize of 1.000 Euros donated by Stabilo International. The Open Eyes Youth Jury 2019: Anastasia Braun, Sarah De Souza Rausche, Nele Ettlinger, Lina Kestler, and Milla Meyer.

International Jury

Pamela Cohn
Film curator, festival programmer, author


Stefanie Görtz
Film curator, journalist and press speaker
u.a. Internationales Frauenfilmfestival Dortmund | Köln


Kirijana A. Nikoloska
Casting director, festivall director MakeDox Film Festival

Festival Guests


Bruno Bimbi (Brasilien)
Podium: Brasilien: Demokratie am Abgrund
4.-5.10.


Sebastian Brameshuber (Österreich)
Bewegung eines nahen Bergs
5.-6.10.


Pam Cohn
Internationale Jury
4.-9.10.


Alexandra Colta (Schottland)
Document Human Rights Film Festival Glasgow
3.-6.10.


Jule Cramer (Deutschland)
In Search…
4.-6.10.


Eloy Dominguez Serén (Spanien)
Hamada
6.-9.10.


Maroan el Sani (Deutschland)
Freedom of Movement
3.-6.10.


Nina Fischer (Deutschland)
Freedom of Movement
3.-6.10.


Suhaib Gasmelbari (Sudan)
Talking About Trees
2.-7.10.


Marilina Giménez (Argentinien)
A Girl´s Band
3.-6.10., 8.-10.10.


Stefanie Görtz
Internationale Jury

4.-9.10.


Aphisit Hama (Thailand)
Manta Ray
4.-9.10.


Bettina Henkel (Österreich)
Kinder unter Deck
9.-10.10.

Gustav Hofer (Italien)
Dicktatorship: Macho Made in Italy
3.-5.10.


Ibrahim Shaddad (Sudan)
Talking About Trees
2.-9.10.


Deepa (Sri Lanka)
House of My Fathers
5.-9.10.


Alisa Kovalenko Ukraine)
Home Games
5.-8.10.


Markus Krohn (Deutschland)
Chris the Swiss
4.-6.10.


Barbara Lorey (Frankreich)
Journalistin
3.-8.10.


Sahra Mani (Afghanistan)
A Thousand Girls Like Me
5.-8.10.


Enrico Masi (Italien)
Shelter – Farewell to Eden
5.-7.10.


Natasha Neri (Brasilien)
Police Killing
4.-.9.10.


Kirijana A. Nikoloska (Nordmazedonien)
Jury
4.-8.10.


Luca Ragazzi (Italien)
Dicktatorship: Macho Made in Italy
3.-5.10.


Mala Reinhardt (Deutschland)
Der Zweite Anschlag
6.-8.10.


Ansgar Schäfer (Portugal)
Fordlandia Malaise
2.-4.10.


Beatriz Seigner (Brasilien)
The Silences
5.-6.10.


Marlene Streeruwitz (Österreich)
Autorin
3.-4.10.


Putri Purnaa Sugua (Malaysia)
Filmemacherin
2.-7.10.


Claudia Tosi (Italien)
I Had A Dream
2.-5.10.


Florenzia Vogliano (Argentinien)
A Girl´s Band
3.-6.10.
8.-10.10.


Richard Warden (Schottland)
Document Human Rights Film Festival Glasgow
3.-6.10.

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NIHRFF for hearing impaired and deaf audience

We warmly welcome deaf and hard of hearing people at the Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival.
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General Information

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Film Programme

We will publish our film programme with a special selection of films with german subtitles in fall 2021.

Additionally, there will be film descriptions of several films in German sign language.

NIHRFF Weekender 29.9. – 3.10.2022

From 29 September to 3 October 2022, the NIHRFF Weekender will take place at Filmhaus Nuremberg. To shorten the long wait for NIHRFF 13 a bit, NIHRFF shows a small selection of films in the year between the big festivals. Information on the programme will be available from the beginning of September.

Next NIHRFF edition – Coming in fall 2023

The next big festival edition of NIHRFF will take place in fall 2023. Please note, that we cannot accept any submissions in the meantime. Updates on submission will be published here around January 2023.

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NIHRFF Award Winners 2021

Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Award:
This Is Not A Burial, It’s A Resurrection (Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese)

Audience Award:
Mr. Bachmann and His Class (Maria Speth)

Open Eyes Youth Jury Award:
Who Owns My Village? (Christoph Eder)

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Guests of Honor

Each festival, NIHRFF honors a representative of the international film industry, who stands for great cinematic art and political-human rights commitment, with the NIHRFF Honorary Award.

2017

Vanessa Redgrave, actress, director, activist

2015

Joshua Oppenheimer, director

2013

Mohammad Rasoulof, iranian director

2011

2009

2007

2005

2003

2001

1999

Profile

The Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival (NIHRFF) is Germany’s biggest and most important film festival on human rights. The biannual festival presents international film art with a conscience from all around the world since 1999.

With three international competitions, a high-profile jury, around 50 filmmakers, many activities for industry representatives and numerous premieres, NIHRFF has become one of the most renowned thematic film festivals in Europe.

NIHRFF is anchored regionally and focused internationally.

NIHRFF is Nuremberg’s most popular film festival, welcoming around 10,000 visitors per edition. It is an regionally rooted cultural event that radiates internationally beyond Franconian-Bavarian borders. Based far off big cities like Munich and Berlin, the festival presents a sophisticated film program every two years in a professional setting with a relaxed, stimulating atmosphere.

NIHRFF stands for quality.

NIHRFF is unreservedly committed to quality. This applies not only to our stringent programming and film selection but also to all organizational matters.

NIHRFF is accessible.

NIHRFF considers itself as a accessible film event, open in all directions. Everyone is welcome. It is an attractive and communicative platform for filmmakers, cineastes, representatives of the film industry and human rights activists alike.

NIHRFF ist inclusive.

As a human rights film festival, NIHRFF recognizes the right of every individual to participate in culture and the political and social discourse. Therefore, Nuremberg citizens with low income as well as refugees are granted free admission. Fruther, the festival developed and implemented a concept together with the local deaf community to create easy access for a deaf or hard of hearing audience.

NIHRFF educates.

NIHRFF makes an important contribution to human rights education at local, national and EU level with its film talks, panel discussions and exhibitions as well as the educational youth project Open Eyes. The project includes school screenings, a youth jury, youth reporters, as well as teacher trainings, and has become the most successful educational film program of all Bavarian film festivals.

NIHRFF represents international competence.

The festival is one of the leading competence centers on human rights and film worldwide. Its festival concept aiming towards dialogue, solidarity, and sustainability finds its continuation in advising and supporting film festivals, filmmakers, NGOs, and film initiatives worldwide. As a sought-after cooperation partner, NIHRFF curates film series, workshops and panel discussions for other film festivals and fills jury positions worldwide.

NIHRFF connects and shapes.

NIHRFF has been working in international and regional networks for years and is involved in film politics.

As a founding member of the Human Rights Film Network, an association of around 40 international human rights film festivals, NIHRFF actively shapes the film industry.

In 2014, NIHRFF joined 17 other festivals in founding the Association of Bavarian Film Festivals. NIHRFF director Andrea Kuhn was elected as its first chairwoman.

International Jury 2021

Hamze Bytici

Hamze Bytyci, born in 1982 in Prizren/Kosovo, lives and works in Berlin. In 1989, his family came to Germany. Already at the age of eight, he makes his first steps as an activist at Christmas 1990 in the church asylum in Tübingen, when his family was fighting against their own deportation. In 2005, he graduates from drama school in Freiburg and founds the organization Amaro Drom (Our Way). After a one-year engagement in Zurich, he moves to Berlin in 2006, where he performs and directs at Ballhaus Naunynstraße, Maxim Gorki Theater, and smaller theaters. Since 2007 Bytyci has worked as a foundation consultant, as an independent theater and media educator at various Berlin schools, and as an intercultural family helper for LebensWelt. In 2012, he founded the association RomaTrial e.V., where, among other things, he manages the online radio station Radio Corel and organizes international film summer schools under the label Balkan Onions. In 2012, he developed his own interactive performance format, Hilton 437, in which he explores social and political issues. Since 2016, he has been a member of the Berlin state executive committee of DIE LINKE. In October 2017, he organized for the first time the AKE DIKHEA? Festival of Romani Film. In April 2018 he was co-curator of the 1st Roma Biennale, the first self-organized biennial by and with Roma artists from all over Europe at the Maxim Gorki Theater.

Photo © Jennifer Tuffour

Anne Kodura

Born in 1987 in Halle (Saale). Studied media art at the Academy of Art in Munich. First experiences in directing theater, short and experimental films.

Her first feature-length documentary WASTELAND – SO THAT NO ONE BECOMES AWARE OF IT premiered at the Berlinale (Generation), was subsequently screened at numerous festivals and won, among others, the Open Eyes Youth Jury Award at the 8th edition of the Nuremberg Film Festival of Human Rights.

Furthermore, she was a jury member of the Generation International Jury of the 66th Berlinale and was represented twice as Berlinale Talent in recent years, most recently in the Script Station with her feature film script ALMA.

Brigid O’Shea

Brigid O’Shea has lived and worked in Germany and Europe since 2005. She started her career at the Berlin International Film Festival, where she worked for various departments including Berlinale Talents, Berlinale Co-Production Market and the EFM. She was the coordinator of the DOK Industry Programme from 2010 and was appointed head of DOK Industry in late 2014. She left this post in 2021 to establish the Documentary Association of Europe, to usher in a new generation of professionals and advocate on a pan-European level for documentary filmmakers. She has previously freelanced for many documentary institutions in Europe and also for production companies. She tutors across the globe on international co-financing and pitching as well as festival strategies and cultural management. She moderates and curates discussions and programmes on non-fiction filmmaking as an internationally-respected consultant with a wide and diverse network. Currently she serves on the advisory boards of B2B Doc and DMZ Docs.

Photo © Susann Jehnichen

Profile

The Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival (NIHRFF) is Germany’s oldest and biggest human rights film festival.

The biannual festival presents international film art with a conscience from all around the world since 1999.

Awards

NIHRFF awards three cash prices and features an international jury as well as the Open Eyes Youth Jury.

International Human Rights Film Award Nuremberg

Artist: Christian Rösner

In the main competition, films compete for the International Human Rights Film Award Nuremberg, worth EUR 2,500. This award for outstanding filmic achievement in a human rights film will be awarded by an indepedent international jury.

Audience Award

Artist: Christian Rösner

All films in the festival programme compete for our audience award, worth EUR 1,000.

Open Eyes Youth Jury Award

A jury of students will chose the winner of the Open Eyes Youth Jury Award. They select the film best suited for human rights education in schools. The jury consists of Nuremberg high school students.

Previous Winners

2021

International Human Rights Film Award Nuremberg This Is Not A Burial, It’s A Resurrection Lesotho, Italy, South Africa 2019, Director: Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese
Audience Award Mr. Bachmann and His Class Germany 2021, Director: Maria Speth
Open Eyes Youth Jury Award Who Owns My Village? Germany 2021, Director: Christoph Eder

2019

International Human Rights Film Award NurembergThe Silences, Brazil/France/Columbia 2018, Director: Beatriz Seigner  
Audience AwardA Thousand Girls Like Me, France/Afghanistan 2018, Director: Sahra Mani
Open Eyes Youth Jury AwardPUSH, Sweden 2019, Director: Fredrik Gertten

2017

International Human Rights Film Award Nuremberg
Ta’ang, Hongkong/France 2016, Director: Wang Bing
Special Mention:Communion, Poland 2016, Director: Anna Zamecka
Audience AwardThe War Show, Denmark/Finnland/Syria 2016, Directors: Obaidah Zytoon, Andreas Dalsgaard
Open Eyes Youth Jury AwardDil Leyla, Germany 2016, Director: Aslı Özarslan
Special Mention:For Ahkeem, USA 2017, Directors: Jeremy S. Levine, Landon van Soest

2015

International Human Rights Film Award NurembergMaidan, Ukraine/Netherlands 2014, Director: Sergei Loznitsa
Audience AwardThe Look of Silence, Denmark/UK/Indonesia/Norway/Finnland 2014, Director: Joshua Oppenheimer
Open Eyes Youth Jury AwardSomething Better To Come, Denmark/Poland 2014, Director: Hanna Polak

2013

International Human Rights Film Award NurembergNorte, Philippines 2013, Director: Lav Diaz
Audience AwardNo Fire Zone: In the Killing Fields of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka/UK 2013, Director: Callum Macrae
Open Eyes Youth Jury AwardWasteland – So that No One Becomes Aware of It, Germany 2013, Director: Anne Kodura
Special MentionCall Me Kuchu, USA 2012, Directors: Katherine Fairfax Wright,
Malika Zouhali-Worrall

2011

International Human Rights Film Award NurembergThe Prize, Mexico/France/Poland/Germany 2011, Director:
Paula Markovitch
Audience AwardSon of Babylon, Egypt/France/Iraq/Netherlands/UK/United Arab Emirates/Palestine 2010, Director: Mohamed Al-Daradji
Open Eyes Youth Jury Award9 Lives, Germany 2011, Director: Maria Speth
Special MentionCartonera, Germany 2010, Director: Maria Goinda

2009

International Human Rights Film Award NurembergCrime & Punishment, China 2007, Director: Zhao Liang
Audience AwardBurma VJ – Reporting from a Closed Country, Denmark 2008, Director: Anders Østergaard
Open Eyes Youth Jury AwardBurma VJ – Reporting from a Closed Country, Denmark 2008, Director: Anders Østergaard

2007

International Human Rights Film Award NurembergThe Violin, Mexico 2005, Director:
Francisco Vargas
Special MentionPaper Cannot Wrap Up Embers, Cambodia/France 2007, Director: Rithy Panh
Audience AwardSisters in Law, Cameroon 2005, Directors: Florence Ayisi, Kim Longinotto
Open Eyes Youth Jury AwardFavela Rising, Brazil/USA 2005, Directors:
Matt Mochary, Jeff Zimbalist

2005

International Human Rights Film Award NurembergEstamira, Brazil 2004, Director:
Marcos Prado
Special MentionMardi Gras: Made in China, USA 2004, Director: David Redmon
Audience AwardThe Amateurs and the General Germany 2004, Director: Helge Cramer
Open Eyes Youth Jury AwardBunso: The Youngest, Philippines/UK 2004, Director: Ditsi Carolino

2003

International Human Rights Film Award NurembergS-21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine, Cambodia/France 2002, Director: Rithy Panh
Special MentionOtzenrather Sprung, Germany 2001, Director: Jens Schanze

2001

International Human Rights Film Award NurembergLong Night’s Journey into Day, USA 2000, Directors: Deborah Hoffmann
Frances Reid
Special MentionSud, France/Belgium 1999, Director: Chantal Akermann

1999

International Human Rights Film Award NurembergThe Little Girl Who Sold the Sun, Senegal/France 1999, Director: Djibril Dio Mambety
Kisangani Diary, Austria/France 1997, Director: Hubert Sauper
Memoria, Italy 2997, Director: Ruggero Gabbai

Team

Andrea Kuhn
Festival Director
+49 911 231-8329
andrea.kuhn@filmfestival-der-menschenrechte.de
Mikosch Horn
techn. director, Programme
+49 911 231-77642
mikosch.horn@filmfestival-der-menschenrechte.de
Isabelle Krauß
Programme, Organisation
+49 911 231-77648
isabelle.krauss@stadt.nuernberg.de
Christiane Schleindl
Programme, Organisation
+49 911 231-582
christiane.schleindl@filmfestival-der-menschenrechte.de
Silke Lehmann
Press & PR
Tel. +49 151-68 1000 88
silke.lehmann@filmfestival-der-menschenrechte.de
presse@filmfestival-der-menschenrechte.de
Ursula Daehne
Organisation, Guest Service, Social Media Management
+49 911 231-8329
ursula.daehne@filmfestival-der-menschenrechte.de
Peter Romir
Coordinator Festivallounge
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team@filmfestival-der-menschenrechte.de
Oleg Borissov
Technician
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team@filmfestival-der-menschenrechte.de

Guests of Honor

Unitl 2017 NIHRFF honored a representative of the international film industry, who stands for great cinematic art and political-human rights commitment, with the NIHRFF Honorary Award.

Sponsors & Partners

Overview of all Sponsor- and Partnerships

Sponsors

Partners

Media Partner

Festival Hotel

NIHRFF is a founding member of the Human Rights Film Network (HRFN)

Become a Sponsor

If your company or organisation is interested in cooperating with NIHRFF, please contact festival director Andrea Kuhn (phone: +49 (911) 231-8329; e-mail: andrea.kuhn[at]filmfestival-der-menschenrechte.de).

We would be happy to inform you about our special offers for sponsors and programme partners.

Supporting Membership & Donations

Supporting Membership

Als Fördermitglied des Internationale Filmtage der Menschenrechte e.V. genießen Sie f

As a supporting member of the International Film Festival of Human Rights e.V. you will enjoy the following benefits:

  • personal invitation to the opening ceremony and award ceremony
  • our festival magazine by mail
  • our electronic newsletter
  • a donation receipt, as the sponsorship contribution is tax deductible

If your are interested in becoming a member, please contact the festival director Andrea Kuhn (phone: +49 (911) 231-8329; e-mail: andrea.kuhn[at]filmfestival-der-menschenrechte.de).

Donations

For Donations please use to the following bank account:
GLS Bank
BIC: GENODEM1GLS
IBAN: DE81 4306 0967 8205 8424 00
You will receive a donation receipt.

Open Eyes – Human Rights Films for Schools is the educational youth project of the International Nuremberg Human Rights Film Festival that combines cultural and political education in an innovative way. In contrast to NIHRFF, Open Eyes takes place every year.

Since 2007, Open Eyes is generously supported by Stabilo International GmbH.

Open Eyes Programme 2021

Here you will find all information and details about this years Open Eyes youth programme in Fall 2021.

Profile

The most important component of the project are the Open Eyes school screenings: As a low-threshold event the screenings of exceptional films are meant to educate students about human rights issues while at the same time strengthening their media skills. All film screenings take place in the morning or early afternoon and are accompanied pedagogically. Each screening opens with a short introduction to the issue of human rights in general and the subject and the aesthetics of the respective film in particular. After the screening either the filmmaker, protagonist, or human rights experts discuss the film with the students. All films are (unless available in a German version) translated by the festival and subtitled or dubbed live during the screening to allow for a maximum understanding of the films for all kids independet of their English and/or reading skills.

Open Eyes Youth Jury

In addition to the school screenings, Open Eyes offers students an opportunity to dig deeper into the subject of film by becoming members of the Open Eyes Youth Jury. They will then watch selected festival films in special screenings and discuss them among themselves to select the film they believe to be best suited for human rights education in schools. During the awards ceremony of the festival, the jury then read their self-written eulogy and present the Open Eyes Youth Jury Award, worth € 1,000 (sponsored by Stabilo International GmbH) to a representative of the winning film. The work of the Youth Jury is continously accompanied and tutored by the Open Eyes staff.

Open Eyes Youth Reporters

Since 2009, the Open Eyes Youth Reporters form the third leg of the project: In cooperation with the editors of the Extra youth pages of Nürnberger Nachrichten, the biggest regional newspaper, 5 students are selected to report each on a respective festival film. Individual film screenings are then scheduled for the young reporters, in which they watch and discuss their respective film with the NIHRFF-team. The editors of the Extra section of Nürnberger Nachrichten lend editorial support to the young film critics and publish their reviews in in the newspaper during the film festival. The aim of this project module is to interest young people in commited filmmaking by informing and intersting them through their peers.

Teacher Training

In the interim year between festivals, Open Eyes offers a one-day film studies seminars for teachers which aims to increase their film literacy and enable them to follow-up on the Open Eyes discussions in their classrooms in a critical and informed way. Topics in the past included “Film Analysis,” “Reality and the Construction of Meaning in Documentary Filmmaking” and “Film Narration”. The Open Eyes film seminars are recognized by the state of Bavaria and are open to all teachers.

Open Eyes Schulfilm Archiv

Here you can find an overview of all the films in the Open Eyes school film programme since 2015.

Tickets

Tickets are available at the box office at Filmhaus Nürnberg as well as at Kulturinformation, Königstr. 93, 90402 Nürnberg

Tickets

reduced for pupils, students, trainees, pensioners, severely disabled and deaf/hard of hearing people

7,00 € / reduced 6,00 €

Nuremberg-Pass holders / refugees

Holders of the Nuremberg Pass and refugees can attend all film events to a reduced rate.

For individual tickets, simply come to the box office.

3,50 €

Venue

Filmhaus at Künstlerhaus / kino eins & kommkino

Künsterhaus / Filmhaus Nürnberg im KunstKulturQuartier

Königstr. 93, 90402 Nürnberg

U-Bahn: All lines, stop Hauptbahnhof (main station)
Tram: Lines 5, 7, 8 and 9, stop Hauptbahnhof (main station)

Coming from the main station: Take the exit in the direction of Altstadt/ Innenstadt/Tourist information. You can already see the building from the station

Coming from the airport: Take the U2 underground line directly from the airport to the stop Hauptbahnhof (main station)

COVID 19-Regulations

Since 8 April, it is no longer compulsory to wear a mask when visiting the Filmhaus. However, we still recommend wearing a medical mask in the cinema for self-protection and out of solidarity with particularly vulnerable groups of people.

We continue to keep a space between individual groups of visitors. Our booking system is set up so that individuals or groups of people can book seats next to each other. The system then automatically blocks the adjacent space.

Proof of 3G (tested/healed/vaccinated) and a minimum distance of 1.5 metres are no longer required. However, if you have any symptoms that could be related to a Corona infection, please refrain from visiting the Filmhaus.

Accessibility

Wheelchair Accessibility

All NIHRFF venues are wheelchair accessible and have wheelchair accessible restrooms.

Filmhaus kinoeins: https://wheelmap.org/nodes/754061581
Künstlerhaus: https://wheelmap.org/nodes/-315732130

NIHRFF for hearing impaired and deaf audience

The films in our Weekender 2022 programme have German subtitles.

NIHRFF for blind audience

Unfortunately we cannot offer any films with audio description at the moment.

People with low income / Refugees

Holders of the Nuremberg Pass as well as refugees are granted admission to NIHRFF Weekender to a reduced price (3,50 €). Tickets are available at the Filmhaus box office.

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Data privacy

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