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Human Rights Film Festival Berlin

October 13, 2022 - October 23, 2022

Documentaries are a powerful means to inspire people and raise awareness of human rights violations.

The Human Rights Film Festival Berlin (HRFFB) is a hybrid on- & offline festival at the heart of the German capital, taking place from 13 – 23 October, 2022. For 10 days, the festival focuses on stories from all parts of the world that vividly address and reflect on human action, the socio-political status quo and fundamental issues such as democracy, justice, freedom and environmental protection. Through discussions and Q&As with filmmakers, activists and experts, the festival creates a platform to gain new perspectives on our world.


Hot or Cool is part of the 2022 edition, through participations in 1 workshop and 3 expert panels, namely at:



3.30pm–5.30pm // Climate and Science Communication

Since the 1970s, we have known that climate change is real, and researchers have been making recommendations for action since then too. But somehow politics and the general public have turned a blind eye to the issue for far too long. This workshop will offer researchers the basic tools to get them heard and reach critical audiences.


15 OCT – Above Water – Film talk and Q&A 

Aissa Maiga’s Above Water (Marcher sur l’Eau) 18:00 | Screening at Passage Kino Berlin

Film: Every day, twelve-year-old Houlaye walks many kilometers – not to school, but to fetch
water. She lives in the small village of Tatis in northern Niger and is one of about 2.2 billion
people worldwide without direct access to drinking water. She often has to stop her little
brothers from using the precious water to wash. And at drought time, Houlaye is completely
on her own: many adults leave their villages and families behind in search of new resources,
and Houlaye’s parents are among them. But all it would take is a well to provide access to
water and a better life for everyone, because two hundred meters below the dry ground,
there is a spring of unimaginable dimensions.

Ben Unterkofler (Founder share)
Diogo Silva (Hot or Cool Institute)
Host: Clara-Sophie Cantagrel (Manager Projects Afrika)

Film talk
We will talk about the effects of the climate change on access to drinking water and the risks
for people not having access to it. What options do we have in the Global North and what
impact does our consume?



3:50 pm – 5:00pm // Social Tipping Points for Climate Justice: How Can the Global North Work With the Global South?

With increasing emissions, our planet is moving closer and closer to catastrophic tipping points that are threatening to throw the climate off balance. But around the world, people are fighting to avert this catastrophe, reaching positive tipping points instead – tipping points that will allow all people to live on a healthy planet without hunger. Using examples of climate action, grassroots activism and the application of Indigenous knowledge, we will discuss what the climate movement and aid organisations in the Global North can learn from climate activism in the Global South – and vice versa. We are looking for fresh, unconventional alliances to jointly pave the way out of climate-related hunger. Join us and become part of the movement!

Keynote: Dr. Kira Vinke (German Council on Foreign Relations)


  • Dr. Lewis Akenji (Moderation, Hot or Cool Institute)
  • Lisa Göldner (Greenpeace Germany)
  • Constance Okollet (Osukuru United Women’s Network)
  • Mitzi Jonelle Tan (Youth Advocates for Climate Action Philippines & Fridays for Future Philippines)



3:50 pm – 5:00pm // The Hidden Power of Data Lies in Storytelling

Are we as a society still able to talk to each other without getting loud and insulting or feeling hurt just because someone doesn’t share our point of view? How can we find more common ground? We would like to initiate an intensive discussion on how to combat disinformation and misinformation, what can be done to counter propaganda and how data and facts can be communicated in such a way that they cannot be misinterpreted or misused.

  • Tin Fischer (Author, Journalist)
  • Andreas von Bubnoff (Freelance science journalist, professor of science communication, PhD in developmental biology)
  • Franziska Mager (Senior Researcher – Hot or Cool Institute)
  • Host: Alexandra Wolf (Project management, concept & development – re:publica)


October 13, 2022
October 23, 2022
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Aktion gegen den Hunger
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