Women's human rights in the spotlight of film (Germany)
Since 2001, TERRE DES FEMMES has organized the annual film festival FrauenWelten (Women's Worlds), which focuses on the human rights situation of women worldwide. Since 2020, the festival, originally founded in Tübingen, has been held in Berlin, where the federal office of TERRE DES FEMMES is located. In more than 30 current short films, feature films and documentaries from more than 20 countries, women's rights in different cultures take center stage and open up new perspectives on the relevant topics to the approximately 4,000 viewers.
Every year, numerous filmmakers, human rights activists and TERRE DES FEMMES experts are invited for audience discussions after the screenings and discussion rounds. In this way, the topic of "women's human rights" is further anchored in international filmmaking. In contrast to other women's film festivals that exclusively show films by female filmmakers, FrauenWelten, as a thematic festival on human rights for women, offers a canvas for films by women and men. The festival is complemented by a supporting program with discussions, exhibitions, workshops.
Renowned filmmakers and people involved in human rights and women's rights work have been invited as guests, such as Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee from Liberia, Nobel Prize nominated lawyer and President of the Supreme Court in Ethiopia Meaza Ashenafi, Iranian directors Samira Makhmalbaf and Mohsen Makhmalbaf and actress Nina Hoss.