Natalie Gravenor | Sunday October 4th, 2015 | 6
Human rights always matter. But this year, the Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival (NIHRFF) couldn’t be more timely, with the increased influx of refugees into Europe, heightened awareness and indignation about government as well as corporate surveillance, the economic crisis in Greece, not to mention reports about human rights violations, but also inspiring stories of people who stand up for their own rights and those of others.
NIHRFF takes place bi-annually; this year marks the ninth edition of Germany’s oldest and largest film event devoted to human rights. As promoting awareness and empathy are key goals of NIHRFF, the festival team, headed by the indefatigable Andrea Kuhn, chooses the films that harness the power of cinema in significant ways to inform, engage and inspire audiences. NIHRFF screens a wide array of films, from art house narratives that tell meaningful stories with human rights themes to groundbreaking, investigative documentaries. This year’s highlights include “The Look of Silence”, Joshua Oppenheimer’s companion to his award-winning doc “Act of Killing” which tackles the legacy of the state-sanction murder under Indonesia’s President Suharto from the victims’ point of view; Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa‘s sweeping account of the 2013/2014 events on Kiev’s “Maidan”, a preview of Lars Kraume’s highly anticipated biopic “The State vs. Fritz Bauer” starring Burghart Klaußner as the German prosecutor who initiated the Auschwitz trials and was instrumental in capturing Adolf Eichmann, and Chilean festival regular Pablo Larraín‘s “El Club”, a hard-hitting look at sexual abuse in the Catholic clergy – Larraín’s third installment in his Chilean trilogy (after “Tony Manero” and NO!) won the Grand Jury award at this year’s Berlinale.
This festival continues until October 7, when the International and Open Eyes Youth Juries hand out their awards.The NIHRFF channel on realeyz currently features 20 highlights from past editions.