Where to see the films of the 2020 FIFDH?

Many films from the FIFDH 2020 selection are available online.

Official Secrets by Gavin Hood

2003, on the eve of the American intervention in Iraq. Katharine Gun, a British intelligence officer, receives a note from the NSA. Gun decides to release the memo to the press to prevent war.

Available in VOD (Cinefile, CHF 6)

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Made in Bangladesh by Rubaiyat Hossain

A garment factory on the outskirts of Dhaka. Faced with increasingly harsh working conditions and regardless of the management's threats, Shimu decides to form a trade union.

Available online until the 28 November as part of the Festival Castellinaria (CHF 7)

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Balloon by Pema Tseden

In the Tibetan pastures, Darje and Drolkar lead a serene and ordinary life. An oblong balloon triggers a series of embarrassments that break the harmony within their community, torn between religious conservatism and emancipation.

Avalaible online on 19 November as part of the Festival Castellinaria.


Nuestras Madres by César Díaz

As Guatemala lives through the transitional justice trials, Ernesto, a young forensic anthropologist, believes he has found the trail of his father who disappeared during the war and whom he has never known. He plunges headlong in search of the truth.

Avalaible online from 20 to 29 November as part of the Festival FILMAR en América Latina


Yalda by Massoud Bakhshi

Forgiveness proves hard to come by once the truth about the past resurfaces... A rare and unusual Iranian film, which skillfully portrays showbiz society.

The 8 December at the Human Rights Film Festival Zurich.


Creative documentaries

Midnight Family by Luke Lorentzen

When the State no longer fulfils its duty, someone has to cover its shift. In Mexico City, where there are only nine official ambulances, the Ochoa family roams the city's streets every night to pick up the injured in their makeshift van.

Available in VOD (Cinefile, CHF 7,50)

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The Cave by Feras Fayyad

In the besieged Syrian city of Ghutta, the inhabitants have built a makeshift hospital in the cavernous depths of the earth. As the conflict rages on, pediatrician Amani Ballour tries to do her job.

Awarded the Prix Gilda Vieira de Mello at FIFDH 2020
Available in VOD (Vimeo, CHF 7)

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Love Child by Eva Mulvad

Leila and Sahand are both already married, and in Iran, as in many other countries, adultery is forbidden. The family escapes to Turkey only to find themselves trapped in the administrative maze which asylum seekers are so sadly familiar with.

Available in VOD (Vimeo, CHF 7)

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Grands reportages

Délit de solidarité (Assistance à personne en danger : un crime) by Pietro Boschetti & Frank Preiswerk

An uncompromising and moving investigation into the very contemporary notion of the "crime of solidarity", notably by giving the floor to Swiss people who have provided assistance.

OMCT Award of the best Grand reportage at FIFDH 2020
Available for free on Play RTS

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Maisonneuve, à l’école du vivre ensemble by Nicolas Wadimoff

In 2016, 10 students from the Collège de Maisonneuve in Quebec left or attempted to leave to join the jihad. In the aftermath of the tragedy, the institution set up a dynamic project called "Vivre ensemble", combining workshops, talks and creative projects.

Available for free on ARTE.tv

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Prison for Profit by Femke Van Velzen

The South African private prison of Mangaung opened its doors in 2001. Its operator, the security company G4S, promises state-of-the-art treatment for the 3,000 prisoners - naturally, at the lowest cost. But once the G4S shareholder logic takes hold, the reality is quite different.

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Thematic films

Selfish by Géraldine André & Stéphane Santini

very few humanitarian workers venture into the more intimate terrain. Forty men and women working in the field and their loved ones have accepted to speak freely about the risks and commitments involved.

Available in VOD (Vimeo, CHF 4)

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Aquarela by Victor Kossakovsky

From the icy waters of Lake Baikal to the beaches of Miami, from Hurricane Irma to Venezuela's Angel Falls, Victor Kossakovsky paints an astonishing picture of the force of nature in all its glory.

Available in VOD (Cinefile, CHF 8)

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The Great Hack by Karim Amer & Jehane Noujaim

The dark world of computer data exploitation through the testimonies of the various stakeholders involved in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Available on Netflix

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Sudan: Women on the Front Line by Sara Creta & Mehdi Meddeb

A few weeks after the fall of Omar al-Bachir, thousands of Sudanese gathered daily in front of the army headquarters to demand the establishment of a civil government, before being brutally dislodged by the military.

Available for free on ARTE.tv

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