The Film Festival Women’s Worlds focuses on the human rights of
women through the lens of film.
Since 2001, the nonprofit organization TERRE DES FEMMES has held the film festival in the university city of Tübingen annually in November, to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Over 30 feature and documentary films from more than 20 countries will be presented, focusing on issues related to women’s rights in different cultures, often accompanied by directors and expert speakers. Each year, current and award winning films are shown, in which women and their rights take center stage–opening up new perspectives on those topics time and again to the approximately 4000 audience members. In contrast to other women’s film festivals that exclusively screen films produced by women, as a themed festival, the Film Fest Women’s Worlds offers a canvas for films by women and men. The festival is always accompanied by a supporting program, which includes informative exhibitions and lively discussion panels with stimulating conversations that move beyond the films themselves.
Our film festival guests also leave a lasting impression each year, and their work for human and women’s rights receives worldwide attention: Notably, Leymah Gbowee, activist against violence against women in African war zones and Nobel Peace Prize winner from Liberia; Meaza Ashenafi, Nobel Prize nominated attorney and women’s rights activist from Ethiopia; Sima Samar, former Vice President and Minister of Women’s Affairs of Afghanistan, and Chairperson of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission; the Iranian director Samira Makhmalbaf, one of “The World’s 40 Best Directors” according to the Guardian, and prizewinner in Cannes, Venice, Locarno, etc.; and the Cannes prizewinner and current President of the Academy of Arts in Berlin, Jeanine Meerapfel – among many others.