Documentary as a Tool for Peacebuilding?

Panel debate introducing the screening of '500 Years'

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Time: Sunday, 11 March 2018 19:00-20:00
Place: Cinemateket, Dronningens gate 16, Oslo

Documentary as a Tool for Peacebuilding?
Photo: Human film festival
“All suffering is the result of wrong perceptions”
– Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh

Documentary films can create strong narratives about causes and dynamics of conflicts, which can have both good and bad consequences. In “The Self-Critical Room” we explore the possibilities and challenges that arise when documentaries interpret violent conflicts. Is the filmmaker a witness or an agitator? Can documentary films provoke and change conflict dynamics – perhaps even function as a tool for peacebuilding?

We explore these questions during the filmfestilval Human:

Documentary as a Tool for Peacebuilding? 

We include several filmmakers who are guests at the festival, which will discuss how the documentary film affects and have the ability to change dynamics in conflict:


  • Zaradahst Ahmed, director of Nowhere to Hide. 
  • Paco de Onís, producer of 500 Years
  • Femke van Velzen, director and producer in IFproductions. 
  • Hilde Frafjord Johnson, UN special rapporteur on South Sundan, author, politician and diplomat.

Moderated by Øystein H. Rolandsen and Jacob Høigilt, the PRIO Centre on Culture and Violent Conflict.