HUMAN International Documentary Festival is Oslo’s largest documentary film festival presenting the newest Norwegian and International documentaries in combination with debates, talks, seminars and workshops, art exhibitions, theatre plays and more. The festival consists of two competition programs, and a manifold film program tuned in on human rights and other social issues.
We have great passion for documentary cinema. This is reflected in the festival’s programming, resulting in festival screenings of high quality documentary films followed by director’s talks and reflecting talks about the films’ topics. By activating your feelings as well as thoughts, we provide a closeness to the topics being addressed, and let you be inspired by human rights defenders from all corners of the world.
When visiting the festival, you get the chance to learn and to immerse yourself in interesting and current questions. The festival program will give you insight into social challenges on both a global and national level.
Welcome into the debate!
In addition to being a festival attendant, you are also more than welcome to join the debate and raise your opinions, regardless of your background. You will get the opportunity to talk with human rights defenders from all around the world, discuss with social scientists, politicians and journalists, as well as other participants, about topics you are passionate about.
The festival wishes to be an inclusive forum and meeting place for activists, experts, politicians, filmmakers and others interested in current social issues, where you can network and experience that there is room for opinion sharing.
The festival seeks to challenge conceptions and assumptions. The documentary format is particularly good at challenging established assumptions, create debate and engage, and create an important window into various perspectives of our society, and the world surrounding it.
Our Advisory Board helps the festival create a current and engaging debate program.
Inga Marie Nymo Riseth
Works for The European Wergeland Centre, former leader of SAIH, and has an M.A. in Theory and Practice of Human Rights from UiO.
Freelance Journalist for amongst others Bistandsaktuelt, Ny Tid and Aftenposten Innsikt, and debate moderator. M.A. of Social Anthropology from UiO.
Writer and political commentator, former Diplomat for the Norwegian Foreign Ministry. Head of the political satire show All Makt.
Stig Arild Pettersen
Political scientist, host of the foreign politics podcast Du Verden!, and ditor of Store norske keksikon. Holds a Master of International Affairs fra Colombia University of New York.