Human Rights Film Festival (HRFF) is an annual Zagreb-based film festival and its 6th installment will be held from March 24-28 in Kino Europa. The Festival is run by two prominent Croatian independent cultural organizations - Multimedia Institute and Culture Development Association „CDA“ (both organizations being publicly most visible for their respective venues: net.cultural club MaMa and club Mochvara).

In its 6th edition HRFF will consider the ways consider contemporary politics functions, focusing more narrowly on the topic of confronting war-crimes. What is and how politics functions today; why political agency has become synonimous with corruption, populism and permanent crisis - those are some of the questions the movies screened at the Festival deal with.

Dealing with human-rights issues that way we will come back to the singular and peculiar political break-down of the 20th century which has constituted a contemporary conception of human rights: war-crimes and genocide.

Contrary to those who will claim that human rights are outdated, being just a masquerade for old-style hegemonial policies, we have conceived this year’s HRFF - both in its cinematic and discursive programme - as a reminder of the importance of human rights, especially if they are being taken politically.


Throughout 5 days we will screen features of all genres.

Opening-feature is Paolo Sorrentino’s Il Divo, awarded the Jury Prize at the Cannes Festival, and being nominated for the annual European Film Prize. It is a satirical depiction of one of the most notorious European politicians - Italy’s former PM Giulio Andreotti. A prime example of ways politics functions if confounded with mafiosi- and religious imperatives.

Israeli film-maker Eyal Sivan will in person attend the Festival, and 3 of his films will be shown. Un Specialiste has received multiple awards, and is considered to be the best feature dealing with the famous Eichmann-trial from the 1960ies, an event still shaping our discussions about politics, crime and personal responsability. Aus Liebe zum Volk takes a personal account of a former East-German Stasi-officer reconstructing the mechanisms of the socialist society of control and Citizens K is a reflection on political intricacies of today’s Eastern Europe.

Pavel Koutecky’s Citizen Havel is an exquisite documentary following the political carrier of former Czech President Vaclav Havel. And a intimate answer to the question how in the 1990ies democracy was established in Central Europe.

Stories on Human Rights - taking the 60th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights as a starting point some of the finest and most intriguing authors - among them: Jasmila Žbanić, Sergey Bodrov, Marina Abramović, Appichatpong Weerasethakul and others - have tried to show today’s relevance of human rights.

Lav Diaz, Melancholia - Lav’s new seven-and-half hours feature has been awarded at Venice Festival, and will be a delight not just for arthouse-fans.


In collaboration with our partners Documenta and the Center for Human Rights we’ll also organize panels around the topics in question. Dealing with trials for war-crimes or the recent events in Gaza.

* a selection of features will also be screened in Rijeka’s Art-kino Croatia, in collaboration with Filmaktiv



Petar Milat // tel  +385 (0) 1 48-56-400 mob  +385 (0)91 53-65-162 // mail zoe@mi2.hr


Anamarija Firm //  mail pr@humanrightsfestival.org