Patronage this human world 2017

The Austrian president Dr. Alexander van der Bellen is taking over the patronage of the 10th edition of this human world- International Human Rights Film Festival.

This year marks the 10th edition of this human world - International Human Rights Film Festival. We want to take this occasion to present an array of cinemat- ic and discursive experiences that make up thishuman world. In a time in which political and so- cio-demographic territories diverge more and more, we strive to provide a visible space to those places and fronts where people's rights are defended and fought for, where new forms of coexistence and al- ternative ideas of society are explored or even lived, and where normative, marginalizing discourses are questioned and challenged.

The festival was founded in 2008 on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It grew out of the urge to raise aware- ness for socio-political issues and human rights and to offer a platform for critical filmmaking that aims to give a voice to those who have been silenced.

Vienna’s first international human rights film festival is a platform for cinematic art and critical discourse, a space of encounter and dialogue, and a meeting point for young innovative filmmakers, both local and international. We consider cinema not only an artistic form wherein narrative experiences are per- formed or created, but also an opportunity for the audience to step out of their comfort zone and into dialogue with challenging new realities.

We want to encourage ourselves and our audience not to look the other way, but to face the atrocities and injustices of this world and not to be afraid, as fear paralyses. Looking away does not make things disappear, but rather fuels their presence. We hope to inspire solidarity in everyday life as well as in a global context. Together we can break the silence.

In this year's programme, once again we present a myriad of perspectives and approaches to socio-po- litical and socially critical topics through different narrative forms and formats.

We are looking forward to an inspiring and engaging anniversary edition, full of cinematic highlights,

Djamila Grandits, Julia Sternthal (Festival directors) Johannes Wegenstein, Lisa Wegenstein (Verein ‐

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& the entire this human world festival team