Plight of refugees under spotlight at İstanbul, Ankara festivals

İstanbul’s seventh annual “Which Human Rights?” Film Festival, which opened on Saturday, looks into the issue of refugees through its main selection of documentaries, in line with the 2015 festival’s central theme. Before wrapping up on Wednesday, the festival will have offered more than 40 documentaries in various sections that also highlight such topical issues as women’s rights, climate change, animal rights and resistance movements. Screenings take place at SALT Beyoglu and Aynalı Gecit. Sidebar events are hosted at SALT Galata.

The second festival is the 5th EU Human Rights Film Days, which offers a 33-piece selection of documentaries from 28 European countries — including Turkey — in showings that will take place in Ankara and İstanbul. The Ankara program got under way on Monday and is set to continue until Dec. 20, while the İstanbul program is scheduled for Dec. 9-18.

The films are screened under three categories: “War and Justice,” “Less than Equal” and “A World Worth Living In,” touching on similar issues as İstanbul’s “Which Human Rights?” festival. Other topical subjects such as discrimination and international justice are also under the spotlight in the EU Human Rights Film Days.

A joint effort between the EU delegation to Turkey and the cultural centers of EU member states, the 5th EU Human Rights Film Days arrives on the occasion of this week’s Human Rights Day on Dec. 10.

The free admission program takes place at the Buyulu Fener Movie Theater in Ankara while the İstanbul showings will be hosted at Goethe-Institut İstanbul, the Cervantes Institute, the French Cultural Center, the Austrian Cultural Forum and the Italian Cultural Center.

The official Human Rights Film Days opening will be held on Dec. 10 at the Buyulu Fener theater, where the finalists of the EU Human Rights Short Film Festival will receive their awards.