11,088 participants at 21st San Sebastian Human Rights Film Festival


The 21st San Sebastian Human Rights Film Festival, organised by the Human Rights Area of the City Council and Donostia Kultura, took place between 12 and 19 April, with a wonderful response from the public and a prominent role for Basque cinema, including among the award-winners.

The event featured the worldwide premiere of the documentaries Indarkeriaren oi(h)artzunak (Audience Award) and Muerte en Amara, as well as the Basque premiere of Nina. Meanwhile, four Basque short films took part in the international section for this format.

The honorary award given to Fernando León de Aranoa launched a week full of fascinating appearances, by such figures as Benito Zambrano, Andrea Jaurrieta, Amaia Merino and Ander Iriarte, along with the accounts given by Tamara Muruetagoiena, psychologist José Antonio Luengo and university professor Carmen López Alonso. Ukraine, Palestine and mental health were among the topics arousing the greatest interest.

An audience of 8,001 attended the films shown during the Festival: 4,920 at the 21 screenings at the Victoria Eugenia and Principal theatres, 2,790 school students at the 10 Victoria Eugenia matinees, and 291 at the three screenings scheduled at Tabakalera as part of the Film and memory series.

1,585 people visited the 4 exhibitions that were staged: Pakistan: the channels of the Indus (Aiete Kultur Etxea, open until 9 June), 26th Luis Valtueña International Award - Humanitarian Photography (Okendo Kultur Etxea, open until 15 June), 20th edition of Art and Human Rights for children and young people (Victoria Eugenia Theatre) and Baloreak (Central Library, open until 4 May).

1,502 people participated in the remaining activities (the online game Mugi TÚ, which will remain active until 4 May, the monologue by Lamine Thior Españul at Principal Theatre and the round table organized by Amnesty International Protestar no es un crimen).

Overall, an audience of 11,088 took part in the Festival.