Events 02 | 2010
Thurs 11 February 2010
Stories on Human Rights
Films inspired by the Declaration of Human Rights
Film screening in the ZKM_Lecture Hall
Introduction and discussion: Adelina von Fürstenberg (Founder of "ART for The World")
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22 short-movies for the 60th anniversary of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights
Internationally recognised filmmakers, artists and writers, have joined forces to mark the 60th Anniversary of
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, by contributing to a unique film project composed by twenty-two 3
minutes short-movies inspired by the six themes of the Universal Declaration: culture, development, dignity
and justice, environment, gender and participation. These short films "Stories on Human Rights" are an initiative of the United
Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and produced by ART for The World, an NGO based in Geneva and
"Stories on Human Rights" is the first large film project bounding together artists and film makers in
a single project on cinema. Participants have been selected for their strong artistic qualities and their deep
interest towards the promotion of Human Rights.
The 22 film-directors involved were chosen both for their talent (Zhang-Ke Jia won the Golden Lion at the Venice
Film Festival, Jasmila Zbanic the Golden Bear in Berlin, Hany Abu-Assad a Golden Globe…) as well as for their
commitment to social issues and their deep concern for Human Rights. The various backgrounds and sensibilities
deployed in this same global project have produced a multiple-voiced representation of the meaning of the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) at the international level.
The movies have been shot in more than 15 countries around the world and in different languages. They exist as
single short movie and are also presented altogether in a long feature film of 1h and 20 min, subtitled in the
six official languages of the UN (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish)
The film is accompanied by a book published by Electa. It contains interviews of the film makers and the artists,
still frames of the short movies and ackstage pictures as well as contributions by twelve authors, including
five Nobel prize winners, referring to the six themes of the Declaration: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Khaled
Hosseini, Roberto Saviano, Naguib Mafuz, Elfriede Jelinek, Ruth Ozeki, José Saramago, Chimamanda Ngozi
Adichie, Assia Djebar, Nuruddin Farah, Toni Morrison and Mo Yan.
"Stories on Human Rights" became a reality thanks to ART for The World, the creative involvement of numerous
film-directors and artists, the financial support of the European Commission, the Directorate-General for
International Cooperation and Development (DGCID), the French Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs, the
Brazilian Social Services of Commerce (SESC) and the French National Centre of Cinematography (CNC).
Short movies by
Marina Abramovic (Serbia/The Netherlands)
Armagan Ballantyne (New Zeland)
Sergei Bodrov (Russia)
Charles de Meaux (France)
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster & Ange Leccia
Runa Islam (United Kingdom / Bangladesh)
Francesco Jodic (Italy)
Etgar Keret & Shira Geffen
Zhang-Ke Jia (China)
Murali Nair (India)
Idrissa Ouedraogo (Burkina Faso)
Pipilotti Rist (Switzerland)
Daniela Thomas (Brazil)
Saman Salour (Iran)
Bram Schouw (The Netherlands)
Teresa Serrano (Mexico)
Abderrahmane Sissako (Mauritania)
Pablo Trapero (Argentina)
Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand)
Jasmila Zbanic (Bosnia)
About ART FOR THE WORLD
ART for The World is a Non Governmental Organization associated with the UNDPI; it is based in
Geneva and since 2005 collaborates with its twin associaion ART for The World Europa based in
In 1995, Adelina von Fürstenberg founded ART for The World within Dialogues de Paix
(Dialogues of Peace), an international contemporary art exhibition which she curated on the occasion
of the 50th anniversary of the United Nations. ART for The World is inspired by the article 27
of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which proclaims creative activity as an essential part
of people’s well-being, and pluralism and respect of differences in this context are essential conditions: “Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the
ART for The World tries to spread our common cultural heritage and to promote, through art, that mutual respect
which is necessary for the diffusion of the principles of Human Rights.
These are the main goals ART for The World aims to achieve organising international cultural events with the participation
of artists, directors, musicians and writers from all over the world which express their thoughts on the
most relevant issue of our recent times. All of this belongs to a more general context, as these activities go
beyond the common boundaries of the culture giving different audiences the opportunity to meet through the
universal dimension of art.
ART for The World may be considered as an itinerant museum: its activities are not related to a permanent and
defined space, but to the sense of the initiatives it promotes. Hence, ART for The World is a link between diffusion
of contemporary art and culture and the defence of universal rights and values. ART for The World is the only
NGO organising projects in the field of contemporary art. It is a unique and extreme experience in the international
For its activities, ART for The World need a “light structure”, a small permanent staff, a board of counsellors and
collaborators in different cities around the world (Boston, Chicago, New York, Paris, London, Bruxelles, Milan,
Turin, Florence, Athens, Sao Paulo, New Dehli) able to act rapidly and effectively. ART for The World works
thanks to the contributions of its donors – public and private institutions and individual members – supporting
each time the different projects.
ART for The World presents its projects in sites, which normally do not belong to the traditional contemporary art
circuit, such as ancient monuments, monasteries, public buildings, schools, islands, parks, stadium and other
open spaces. Well known and young artists from all continents are invited to participate both because of the
great quality of their works and their moral and civil committment to themes related to humanity.
For more information on the activities of ART for The World: www.artfortheworld.net
Concept and curatorship: Adelina von Fürstenberg
An initiative of the United Nations.
A project by ART for The World.
Further Informationen: www.artfortheworld.net
The Filmscreening in the ZKM is supported by
Amnesty International, district Karlsruhe.