About the swedish human rights film festival

Where human rights and movies unite

Welcome to the Swedish Human Rights Film Festival! Every year we unite movies with human rights through panel discussions with international experts. During 2021, we will have an all-year around film festival with a digital focus on the international United Nations (UN) days. The festival is organised by the Raoul Wallenberg Institute and Kino in Lund, Sweden. More information coming soon.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day – 27/1

We are proud to present the first Swedish Human Rights Film Festival Day: the International Holocaust Remembrance Day 

The Raoul Wallenberg Institute is named after the human rights hero, Raoul Wallenberg. The Swedish diplomat saved tens of thousands of Jews and other people at risk in Hungary at the end of World War II. 

Still today, we see minorities being discriminated because of their religion, ethnicity and culture. It’s of great importance to remember the Holocaust and its victims. 

Join us on 27th of January, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, by watching the movie Every Face Has a Name by Magnus Gertten. On April 28, 1945, survivors of the Nazi terror disembark a ship in Malmö. 

70 years later, the same people experience the emotional moment when they each recognize themselves in the archive footage shot on the day of their liberation. 

Their anonymous faces turn into names, fates, and stories. They remind us that behind every refugee arriving in a harbor today, there is a name, a human being and a story.  

The movie will be available here 48h before the event.


After the screening of the movie, we will host a virtual panel discussion that you can join to discuss the movie and the importance of remembering the Holocaust. 

Join the panel discussion on January 27th at 7 pm (Swedish time) here.

We are proud to present the panel: 

  • Magnus Gertten, an award-winning director, based in Malmö, Sweden, where he runs the production company Auto Images. Since 1998 Magnus has directed a large number of documentaries, broadcasted at leading international tv-channels and screened at film festivals in more than 50 countries.  
  • Isak Nachman, Rabbi and teacher who was born in Israel and now lives in Stockholm. He has made the Swedish documentary “Nöden – en Shtetl i Lund).  
  • Ingrid Lomfors, a historian that focuses on the Holocaust from a Swedish perspective. She has among other done research about Jewish refugee children arriving in Sweden (so called Kindertransport), Antisemitism and about the children of the Holocaust. Ingrid is a Superintendent at Forum för Levande Historia. 
  • Moderated by journalist Lars Mogensen, a Swedish freelance journalist and moderator. Among other things he is hosting the radio program Filosofiska rummet at Sveriges Radio (SR). He covers wide areas including politics and philosophy. 

Build back better

The United Nations has, in response to the new challenges the corona crisis leaves behind, launched a program, “Build Back Better”.

The purpose is to support the reconstruction of the world. The pandemic has widened the gaps in society and poverty. The focus will be on Agenda 2030, the Global Goals. We want to highlight the challenges that have become so obvious during the corona crisis; the lack of justice, equality, unequal distribution of resources and discrimination; of the elderly, of minorities and more.

As in previous years, we want to spread knowledge about human rights through film and panel discussions, but we want to complement and develop the concept with other cultural activities, such as music, dance, theater, conversation and art. The ambition is to broaden the concept from film festival to festival and to touch on these issues in several ways.

We want to welcome our previous visitors; students, academics, pensioners and young adults. We would like to involve young people in the festival, e.g. by hosting events or contributing thoughts on content. 

To build on the “Build Back Better” theme, we will host an event on selected UN days all-year around. During these days, we will show hand-picked movies on the topic in combination with an expert panel.

To become more inclusive, we have transformed the festival to a digital version to make it available for everyone. Each event will be launched online with the choice to stream the movie (for Swedish residents) followed by an interactive discussion about the topic and human rights issues. 

Stay tuned for more information about the up-coming UN days, follow us on social media to receive current updates

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The festival was a really interesting and thought-provoking experience. The combination of film and following expert was a great way to break down complex human rights issues in a way that made them easier to understand and discuss.
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