The 6th EU Human Rights Film Days, an event organized by The European Union Delegation to Turkey in collaboration with the Embassies and Cultural Centres of the EU Member States and with the Turco-British Association, will be held in İstanbul, Ankara, Giresun, Şanlıurfa, Mersin and Diyarbakır to mark the occasion of 10 December Human Rights Day.

The film days will provide a venue for students, human rights activists, movie-goers and all interested in the subject to view a variety of documentary films on the theme of human rights in Ankara and İstanbul on 5-18 December, Giresun on 8-11 December, Şanlıurfa on 9-11 December, and Mersin on 13-15 December.  

There will be an additional screening for the children at the Fidanlık Camp in Diyarbakır on the closing day of the 6th European Union Human Rights Film Days on 18 December.

In Ankara the Büyülü Fener Cinema, the German Goethe Institute and the Turco-British Association, and in İstanbul, the German Goethe Institute, the Hungarian Cultural Center, the French Institute will be screening the films free of charge for all film enthusiasts.  Film-goers will also be able to attend screenings in Giresun at the Giresun Municipality’s Vahit Sütlaş Theatre, in Mersin at Mersin University’s Prof. Dr. Uğur Oral Cultural Centre and in Şanlıurfa at the Şanlı Emek Cinema.

More than 40 films from 28 European countries – including Turkey – will be screened at the festival.

The films screened in four broad categories; "A Theory of Justice", "There is Tomorrow", "Give Children the World", "A Red Line in the Sand", touch on issues such as the plight of the refugees, women and children's rights, discrimination, international justice and climate change.  A number of directors, non-governmental organisations and human rights activists will hold an open debate on human rights issues and answer questions from the audience after the screenings to encourage reflection and discussion.

We hope that you will join us at the screenings and panel discussions and also at the official Human Rights Film Days opening on Saturday, 10 December at the Goethe Institute in Ankara, where the best young directors will receive their awards at the 6th EU Human Rights Short Film Festival.