The 14th Human Rights Film Festival begins on Monday, 5. December in the Europa Cinema at 20 Hour with the screening of a new documentary by prominent German author Werner Herzog, "Who would say: World Network Fiction", in which he explores the impact of the Internet, robotics, artificial intelligence and the "internet of things" on human lives. As part of the opening of the festival, the latest documentary of the recently abandoned renowned Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, "Take me home", will also be featured.
The festival will take up to 11 in Zagreb. December, and a film program that includes 35 documentary and feature films will be screened at the Europa cinema and at the Multimedia Center of the Student Center. The Rijeka edition of the festival will be held by 8. to 12. December 2016. in "Art Cinema Croatia".
On the occasion of the festival, several authors and authors will arrive in Zagreb shortly to present the audience with their latest achievements. Austrian director Klaus Händl is the author of the feature film "Mačak", featuring the exile of two lovers from paradise. Opening the question of the inherent phality of human psyche which manifests itself in the moment of cruelty, suggests, without condemnation, points to the blind spots of our personality. But more than the act of violence Händl is concerned with the fragility of love; the moment that like a tectonic disorder of a lover can turn into a complete stranger. It is impossible to know if the cracks will stay there forever or they will heal suddenly, disappear as it appeared. The magic moment in which love is born and disappear, Händl embodies the most vulnerable person of the cat. The "Mackak" film won the "Teddy" award at this year's Berlin Film Festival for the best film with LGBT themes, while Händl was awarded the award for Best New Artist at the Hong Kong Film Festival. The "Mačak" movie will be screened on Tuesday, 6. December at 20 hours at the Europa cinema.
The young Estonian journalist Zosya Rodkevich is the author of the documentary "My Friend Boris Njemcov". The film was created on the basis of a report originally filmed by the author. Namely, the author Rodkevich had the task of recording fifty-three-year doctor of physics, former close associate of Boris Jeljcina and best known Putin counterpart. After their friendship became a friendly relationship, Germany was liquidated in February 2015. This intimate portrait has been filmed over the last three years of his life and introduces us into the world of Russian politics at a time when the voices of resistance are becoming ever greater and stronger. Zosya Rodkevich shows him with a great deal of sympathy and then disagrees with him. Her eyes, devoid of unnecessary pathetics, shine with honest human warmth. The aforementioned documentary was awarded with "Golden Horn" for directing and best documentary at the Krakow Film Festival and a special jury award at the Odessa Film Festival. "My friend Boris Germans" will be shown on Wednesday, 7. December at 20 hours at Europa Cinema.
Israeli documentary Eyal Sivan is yet another guest of this year's festival, featuring three of his films: "Izkor", "Specialist" and "Jaffa, orange hell". Sivan is the author of a series of anthological documentary films, and in addition announces, holds lectures and organizes events about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, documentary filmmaking and ethics, political crimes and representation, political use of memory, genocide and representation of perpetrators, etc. Sivan will collaborate with Restart to hold the masterclass "About Political and Historical Documentary Film" to be held on Friday, 9. December in "Dokukina KIC", and will also be featured on the screenings of the films "Specialist" and "Jaffa, orange hell". In the masterclass, Eyal Sivan will talk about 30 years of his own practice and research related to the visual and narrative modalities of political crimes in colonial and post-colonial conditions (both in Europe and in Israel-Palestine). It will also critically reflect on the traditional modes of film, more precisely the documentary tradition, and its mode of storytelling.
The documentary film "The idea of the sea" will be presented by Belgian author Nina de Vroome. The film is being watched by spectators at the IBIS maritime department in Ostend, in the seafront buildings where six to sixteen boys sleep, eat, play and learn. They learn how to read naval charts, and how to read the sea; he teaches navigation protocols, as well as sailing on fishing boats. They learn the biology of the sea, but also observe the daily catch and look across the deck.
In the classrooms, the sea is an idea, a permanent mood captured in letters and pictures. The "Sea Ideas" screening will take place on Sunday, 11. December at 18 hours at the MM Center "Student Center".