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The event takes place at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Ujazdowski Castle and across Warsaw, and has also spawned an offshoot that travels through Poland and Kyrgyzstan in the following year.

Founded in 2001, when around 3500 people watched 17 films, the festival now shows some 70 movies, from documentaries and fiction to shorts, and attracts audiences of 15,000. The films also serve as the starting point for debates conducted by a panel of specialists in the field of human rights, including NGOs from as far away as Africa and, often, directors of the films.

Since 2003, the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights has awarded the Festival Prize to a director for distinguished achievements in showing human rights in film.

The entrance to all screenings is free. For full details, please visit the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights website