Thanks to Olive Tree Theatre, one of our exciting rolling programmes is LAST THURSDAY FILM CLUB in which, on the last Thursday of each month, we seek to screen cutting edge social impact films in the historic Alex township in Johannesburg. The screenings are tailored to accompany enriching and empowering discussions between the audience and filmmakers, journalists, human rights defenders, policy-makers and civil society among others.


All year round programmes

  • Training and industry workshops and coursers for filmmakers and television journalists working on human rights stories around Africa.
  • Training human rights defenders and civil society in turning their reports, investigations and research work into cutting edge multimedia tools that help drive their programmes of positive change.
  • In partnership with civil society, we run mobile cinema, seminars and dialogue for, among others, voiceless communities in Africa’s urban and rural set ups; schools and universities; and special interest groups.
  • In partnership with civil society, develop and produce especially curated human rights films and multimedia programmes for impact and positive change.
  • In partnership with civil society, we broadcasting of short films and multimedia projects on human rights online.
  • In partnership with civil society, we develop and produce travelling human rights multimedia exhibitions.

Meet Human Rights Organisations/Funders/Donors

This platform, a key highlight of the festival runs for the entire duration of the festival. It comprises panels, discussions and networking sessions where human rights filmmakers and multimedia journalists interface with representatives from global human rights organizations, human rights defenders and grassroots organsations with the goal to pitch their groundbreaking ideas, get special insight into how their projects could be funded and exchange ideas on potential partnerships to create effective audio-visual platforms to drive the human right agenda across the African continent.

Panel discussions/Insights

Filmmakers, human rights defenders, policy makers, academics, journalists, ordinary people.

Empowerment Training Sessions

This is a special platform that runs throughout the duration of the festival where seasoned filmmakers mentor aspiring filmmakers and human rights defendes in making effective social impact films and multimedia programmes.

At the same time, expects on security will share their exclusive experiences, advice and reports with filmmakers, photojournalists, reporters and online media players on how to deal with complex security issues around telling stories in difficult countries.

Networking sessions

Filmmakers, human rights defenders, diplomats and other invited guests will attend the glamorous red carpet opening night party and the closing night awards ceremony and party.  During the festival several other themed parties will be organized by various organisations provide an opportunity for filmmakers, journalists, online media players, human rights defenders, diplomats, policy makers to network and exchange ideas in a free environment.