Theater of Cruelty

Human International Documentary Film Festival

The girl who looked in the mirror of the world

PHOTO/BOOK: The importance of being human in the Anthropocene has never been more decisive for an understanding of how humans will survive in the future. Photographer Gauri Gill: “I have followed the agricultural cycle, migration, Food for Work programs, nomadic journeys, epidemics, cerebral malaria, tuberculosis, overcrowded hospitals – and death from snakebites, from accidents, from being burned alive for providing an inadequate dowry – and births, marriages, child marriages or moneylenders."

Towards a paradigm shift in Norwegian drug policy

RUS REFORM: Perhaps it is the opponents of the government's drug reform who should most preferably watch the documentary The winds of change, which follows three activists from the Association for Human Drug Policy.

Portrait of an art thief and his girlfriend

THEFT WITH FRIENDLY: The artist Barbora Kysilkova makes a surprising request to one of the Norwegian thieves who stole her valuable paintings.

Hope, fill and frustration on Greenland

INDEPENDENCE: The people of Greenland are dependent on the outside world, but they see hope for detachment based on their own natural resources and powerful investors.

A need for dad

TIME MACHINE: Concept artist Maleonn uses puppets to make contact with his demented father.

The shaman and the Norwegian engineer

cohesion: The expectation of a paradise free of modern progress became the opposite, but most of all, Newtopia is about two very different men who support and help each other when life is at its most brutal.

A movie for the big screen

BREATHTAKING:Ambitious portrayal of nature and the people who live and work in Lofoten.

Criminal networks eradicate wild species

ILLEGAL Catch: Chinese mafia deals with swim bladders from fish, Mexican fishermen are pressed into criminal activity and police are terrified.

The Art of Escape: A European Nightmare

Migrant: The Fazili family are migrants. They record mobile phones of their dangerous journey from Afghanistan via the migrant route in the Balkans and to an uncertain future in Europe.

To unleash the demons of artificial intelligence

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: The film draws us into a dark and fascinating field of research. But are we convinced that the development of artificial intelligence is beyond our control?

Permission for mass murder

NARKO WAR: What happens when you give the perpetrators of state-monopolized violence not only permission to kill, but promise them impunity? Then you create "a legal structure for mass murder".

Race for the accidents

PATIENT HUNTING: The intense and upbeat documentary Midnight Family follows a family-owned ambulance in Mexico City, and their extreme dilemmas between life-saving and earnings.

Mexico's vulnerable excavators

THREATENED: With life as an effort, Mexicans try to dig up the bodies of their dead relatives while being threatened by both the cartels and the authorities in a deadly terrorist attack.

Gloomy everyday struggles among Scotland's poor

POVERTY: A generation of young Scots show moments of tenderness and care amidst everyday frustrations, trials, and episodes of violence.

The freedom that was won – and lost

WAR IN SYRIA: A filmmaker begins to document a celebration of freedom in Aleppo, but ends up documenting the fatal consequences of this particular dream.

The lost defender

ISRAEL: For almost fifty years, Lea Tsemel has been at the forefront of the fight for justice and compassion for those lost and impossible to defend.