HUMAN International Documentary Film Festival

HUMAN International Documentary Film Festival

25 February to 3 March 2019

Oslo (Norway)

HUMAN International Documentary Film Festival is Oslo’s largest documentary film festival and a significant forum in the Norwegian capital’s cultural, academic, and organizational life, which engages and encourages debates about human rights and other relevant social issues. The festival is a unique meeting place where activists, experts, filmmakers, artists, students, NGOs, think tanks, and a general audience actively participate.

The festival’s film program consists of approximately 30 new Norwegian and international documentaries. These films engage audiences and, by decreasing the knowledge gap between experts and the general audience, create a thorough starting point for debates and discussions about current issues.

The film program consists of three sections: A competition program for new Norwegian documentaries, a competition program for international documentaries with a particular human rights focus, as well as a curated international program consisting of new documentaries addressing   a variety of social and political topics of current interest. All of the festival screenings are associated with an introduction, discussion or debate that place the film into a larger context. 

Besides the film and debate programs, the festival arranges a seminar for documentary filmmakers and relevant organization and institutions, which addresses important questions about the future of social and political documentary. It also facilitates school screenings, with the goal of increasing human rights awareness amongst teenagers, an art exhibition at a local gallery, as well as concerts and performances. It invites inspiring human rights activists and experts from all over the world, who are important in driving the conversation forward, and in making ties with Norwegian human rights organizations and audiences.

Yearly the festival collaborates with between 60 and 70 NGOs, universities, think tanks, newspapers, and others, who contribute in the making of talks and debates and with their active participation in panels. Nearly 70 volunteers graciously lend their time and effort to the festival each year.


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25 February to 3 March 2019
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