Am 11. Januar 2016 wurden die Kinovorhänge des Hamburger Kinos Abaton für eine ganz besondere Veranstaltung geöffnet. Die Cinema for Peace Foundation kam nach zweijähriger Pause wieder zurück in die Hansestadt und stellte im Rahmen seines „Monthly Screening“-Projekts insgesamt sieben Kurzfilm zum Thema Menschenrechte vor.

Das kostenlose Event startete um 19 Uhr in einem nahezu vollem Kinosaal und wurde mit einer anschließenden Podiumsdiskussion mit Amnesty International Hamburg und Peace Brigades International (PBI) abgerundet.

Die folgenden internationalen Kurzfilme wurden dem Publikum vorgestellt:

Kingdom of Garbage
(Yasir Kareem, 2015, 9 min)
„ Zahraa and her brother Hassan must scour a landfill site for valuable materials to provide for their poor family. When a trade between Zahraa and the self-proclaimed "King of Garbage" goes wrong, the siblings' relationship is tested to the breaking point. Can the two overcome Zahraa’s innocent mistake?“


The Rattle of Benghazi
(Paco Torres, 2012, 11 min)
„In Benghazi, a boy and a girl play with a rattle to silence the noise of the bombing. The Dublin cityscape becomes transformed into the setting for the 2011 uprising against the government of Muammar Gaddafi. The geographical mash-up is not the only duality at play here, as the film, told from the perspective of a brother and sister, juxtaposes the chaos of war with the innocence of childhood. While the film opens with a seemingly innocuous scene of the children at play, what unfolds becomes altogether more harrowing, as the realities of war intrude on and envelop the siblings’ lives.“

For the Birds
(Tara Atashgah, USA 2013, 14 min)
A crowd of people in Iran gather to watch the execution of a young girl. She cries and begs everyone for help. Horrified, people look away as the girl is about to get hanged, but one particular bystander cannot remain silent.

(Anaïs Sartini, 2013, 13 min)
SPASIBO is a short-film made in reaction to the homophobic law in Russia, which came into force the 17 of march 2012 in Saint Petersbourg. Today, the law is extended on the entire Russia.

Food Not Fuel
(Alan Whela, 2014, 6 min)
Food Not Fuel is an educational and moving short documentary on the struggles of indigenous Mayans in Guatamala, who have faced eviction and expropriation to make way for bio fuel crops. Actor Aidan Gillen meets with members of the Rio Frio community in Guatemala’s Polochic valley region, who speak emotionally about their struggle to survive and about their relationship with the land, which is central to their lives and identity. The film explores the aftermath of the seizure and exploitation of sacred ancestral Mayan lands from local people - lands now used to cultivate sugar cane to satisfy European bio fuel demands.

A Life on Hold
(Marc Silver & Nick Francis, UK 2013, 6min)
When war broke out in Libya in 2011, thousands of refugees from the Middle
East and Africa, who were living in or transiting through the country at the time, were forced to flee for their lives yet again. Life on Hold is an intimate portrait of Omar, a 17 year old Somalian stranded in a refugee camp on the border between Libya and Tunisia. Awaiting a chance to start his life again in a safe country, he first has to watch as his friends move on without him.

The European Refugee Crisis and Syria Explained
(The Economist, Time Magazine, 7 min)
The current refugee crisis and its causes explained in a simple but impressing way.

Die vollen Ränge und das große Interesse freut die Veranstalter und Podiumsgäste gleichermaßen. Das „Monthly Screening“ soll künftig ab März wieder monatlich in Hamburg vorgeführt werden. Wir bedanken uns sehr bei der Cinema for Peace Foundation und der ZEIT Stiftung, dem Förderer dieser künftigen Reihe, für einen spannenden Abend und die Einladung zur Podiumsdiskussion.