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‘Humans Fest’: the 8th edition of the Human Rights Film Festival has started

The Film Library is already hosting, until Friday 17 February, the eighth edition of the Human Rights Film Festival 'Humans Fest', organised by Fundación por la Justicia with the aim of promoting a more committed cinema and defending the rights of refugees and people with diverse sexual orientations and identities, among others. 

13 february 2017

The eighth edition of the Human Rights Film Festival ‘Humans Fest’, which started on 10 February, brings again to Valencia the memory of the tragic metro accident that cost the life of 43 people in 2006 with the premiere of La estrategia del silencio (Vicent Peris, 2016), one of the most awaited audiovisual projects in this contest. The documentary aims to raise the voice for the rights of the victims (43 dead and 47 injured) and it is a chronicle about the almost ten years the victims of the accident have been silenced and a complaint for the lack of accountability.


Nevertheless, this will not be the only premiere, since the festival will have up to five unpublished audiovisual works, among which two worldwide premieres like Transit Havana (Daniel Abma, 2016) and Just a Normal Person (Malin Björkman-Widell, 2015) stand out. Both productions focus their stories on the rights of transsexual people in two different scenarios, Cuba and Sweden, respectively.

The spectators can enjoy in the contest of works of the documentary genre that defend the rights of the silenced collectives

Of course, the contest reserves an important space to documentary audiovisual productions that defend the struggle for the rights of refugees. This is the case of Testigos (Emilio Martí, 2017) a production recorded in the refugee camps in Greece.

Pau i Justícia Award (Peace and Justice Award)

Humans Fest will recognize in this edition the work of the actor Juan Diego Botto with the Pau i Justícia Award for his commitment and activism for the defence of human rights and his social implication. 

As a part of the homage to the labour of this committed actor, the Film Library will also dedicate him a film series with Broken Silence (Montxo Armendariz, 2001), Hay motivo (VV.AA., 2004), Ciudadano Negrín (Sigfrid Monleón, Carlos Álvarez, Imanol Uribe, 2010) and Hablar (Joaquín Oristrell 2015).

Documentary lovers have now a new opportunity to enjoy this genre at this festival, which has selected ten documentary films for the Official Section and seven short-films (fiction and documentary) for the Short-Film Section with which a high-quality, socially involved cinema is guaranteed in Valencia.

Check the festival’s full programme


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