17,919 participants at 20th San Sebastian Human Rights Film Festival


The 20th San Sebastian Human Rights Film Festival, organised by the Human Rights Area of the City Council and Donostia Kultura, took place between 21 and 28 April.

An audience of 9,176 attended the films shown during the Festival: 4,392 at the 21 screenings at the Victoria Eugenia and Principal theatres, 4,529 school students at the 10 Victoria Eugenia matinees, and 255 at the three screenings scheduled at Tabakalera as part of the Film and memory series.

7,995 people visited the 5 exhibitions that were staged: Malala, a brave student (Aiete Kultur Etxea, open until 11 June), Carmen Castillo, a Chilean exile (Okendo Kultur Etxea), 19th edition of art and human rights for children and young people (Victoria Eugenia Theatre), Tetuan. Ext/Int-day (Central Library) and Ángeles de la guarda (Lugaritz Kultur Etxea).

748 people participated in the remaining activities (the online game Esna TÚ, which will remain active until 21 May, the talk and guided tour by Carmen Castillo at Okendo Kultur Etxea, and the conference hosted by the Afghan judge Nazima Nezrabi at San Telmo).

Overall, an audience of 17,919 took part in the Festival.

Having now completed 20 editions, the event has an established format with a clear commitment to quality ahead of quantity, in order to continue addressing such aspects as visits by filmmakers and experts with huge contributions to offer, accessibility and inclusion at all levels, and the role of teaching from early childhood upwards. At all times and in all cases striking a balance in the films on show between cinematographic quality and powerful content.