The International Human Rights Film Festival – Albania

Human Rights in Albania have been an important issue to be solved during the years of transition. Despite the taken measures, there are still serious human rights violations in the Albanian society. Several organizations operate in this field with their methodology dealing mainly with sensitizing seminars, awareness campaigns, services offered to the people, etc.

The International Human Rights Film Festival in Albania (IHRFFA) comes with a new way of educating people with the human rights concepts. Constituted as a cultural platform for the dissemination and awareness rising of the people on human rights issues, it operates through using image as its instrument.

IHRFFA includes in its program documentary and fiction movies dealing with human rights that are sensitive especially for the Albanian society. This event brings to the public’s attention similar experiences from all over the world and by using image as its tool, the impact is stronger and direct.

Events of this kind are necessary for the Albanian society which is suffering different social and human rights problems such as: human trafficking, children frustration, health care, etc.

The organization of the International Human Rights Film Festival in Albania is becoming a tradition. As an initiative of the Marubi Academy of Film and Multimedia, since the 2006 other human rights organizations operating in Albania have joined the cause such as UNICEF, Albanian Helsinki Committee, Utica College, a number of Embassies in Tirana such as the French Embassy, German, Austrian, Swiss, U.S. Embassy in Tirana, Albanian Institute of Media, etc.

Through the years, the International Human Rights Film Festival in Albania has become the event which brings on all together human rights activists, selected movies and the best filmmakers. This event makes us realize the importance of our human dignity and the importance of being human.