Right to know

This competition category presents fundamental cases of human rights violations and gives space to strong activists from around the world. This year's selection was dominated by stories in which female heroines have a strong position – more than a third of the films revolve around an unshakable female social worker, judge, journalist or activist. Regionally diverse selections present stories and portraits from the Middle East, Afghanistan, Russia or Africa. 

Films in category Right to know

Bellingcat – Truth in a Post-Truth World

Fake news. Alternative media. Troll farms. This is only one side of today’s information reality. There is a second one. Fact-checking. Civic journalism. Bellingcat.

Blowin' Up

The purpose of the special Intervention court in New York’s Queens borough is to identify victims of human trafficking among accused prostitutes. The women are able to participate in consulting sessions in exchange for having the charges against them dropped.

Está Todo Bien

Venezuela, formerly a prosperous South American country, has been in a deep crisis for several years. The collapse of the economy has led, among other things, to the collapse of the healthcare system.

Everything Must Fall

The student movement, which fought against high tuition fees at the University of Johannesburg, has grown into a nationwide protest against social inequality.

Laila At The Bridge

Afghanistan has a booming opium trade and it is very easy to fall victim to heroin addiction. Laila, an uncompromising woman and restaurateur doesn’t intend to accept this.

Last Exit to Kai Tak

A failed revolution changed their lives. What is an activist’s life like without adrenalin and euphoria? Isn’t life ultimately harder than revolution?

Maid in Hell

Slavery exists even in the 21st century. This investigative film presents the stories of several servants in the Near East and the practices of employment agencies.


Is it even possible to engage in independent journalism in Russia? Yes, but those who do so must be prepared to pay a high price. A look behind the scenes of Novaya Gazeta, one of the largest independent newspapers in Russia.

On Her Shoulders

Everyone knew about Nadia Murad, a Yazidi who received the Nobel Prize and European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for her battle against sexual violence during wartime. Only a few realized how difficult it is for her to reopen old wounds.

Privacy of Wounds

Is it possible to find authentic testimony about Syrian prisons? One way is in this experiment during which the director put 3 former prisoners into a staged cell.


An epidemic that keeps returning. Last time it struck was in the West African state of Sierra Leone in 2014. A portrait of local humanitarian workers that captures the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.

To the Four Winds

French farmer Cédric has permitted hundreds of refugees traveling from Africa to Europe to stay in his humble dwelling. Despite the threat of imprisonment he acts in accordance with his conscience and faith in human dignity.

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