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Human Rights Film Festival

Human Rights Film Festival (HRFF) is a festival focusing on the issue of human rights, which is held early in December each year in Zagreb, celebrating the Human Rights Day. The main aim of the festival is to promote the culture of protecting human rights. HRFF offers to the Croatian audience a selection of the most recent film production, with a particular focus on socially engaged art films. The festival is also held in Rijeka, in cooperation with Filmaktiv.

HRFF is organized as a broadly based platform with various activities featuring numerous associations, initiatives, and individuals involved in promoting human rights, and aims at establishing a space of critical discourse.

Human Rights Film Festival is a project of two independent cultural organizations: Multimedia Institute and the Association for Cultural Development “URK”, founded in 2002 with the aim of ensuring more visibility to various issues related to human rights in the field of culture. Since its premier edition in the clubrooms of MaMa and Močvara, HRFF has been continually developing its profile as a festival of striking quality in its selection of films, acknowledged for its programmes that promote openness, multiculturality, tolerance, and freedom of choice.

Each edition of the festival has its own focus theme: thus, in recent years we have dealt with the issues of social justice, public sphere, land, or the life of Roma in Europe. One should also specifically mention the retrospective of German director Alexander Kluge.