Solidarity Human Rights Film Festival is a unique event that raises awareness on significant socio-political issues through screenings of groundbreaking films on human rights in Israel and around the world, films that promote peace, democracy and human rights alongside equality and social justice.
Solidarity, the only Israeli film festival fully dedicated to human rights, takes place at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque since 2010. The Festival's international program shows award-winning narrative and documentary films, including works by Palestinian filmmakers, providing contexts for issues related to social and political struggles, among them: democracy, globalization, refugees and asylum seekers, the occupation of the West Bank and the Basic Law: Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People, hunger, poverty and food security, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, children's rights, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, environmental justice and the climate crisis.
The 2022 International program offers film competition for narrative and documentary films – all of them shown as Israeli premieres – as well as special screenings of international films, most of them as Israeli premiere, including two Academy Awards nominations for Best International Feature Film. The program focuses on a wide array of topic, from Russia and Ukraine to sports, music and human rights – and offers Q&A, workshops and discussions with experts and filmmakers.
The 2022 Israeli program includes premieres and a selection of some of the best Israeli films in the field of human rights, showcases special programs and retrospectives dedicated to Israeli filmmakers – Udi Aloni and Yulie Cohen – and a film competition for shorts, student films and for films by high school students, aiming to encourage local filmmakers to engage with human rights issues.
The Solidarity Festival Founder and Director is Dani Vilenski, the Artistic Director is Gidi Avivi, and the festival is organized by the Solidarity for Art, Activism and Human Rights Association. This is the Solidarity Festival's 10th anniversary, and we continue to believe in the power of cinema to be thought provoking and to spark activism towards the creation of a better future for all of us in Israel, in the region, and worldwide. In the current political climate, when the very notion of democracy is under threat, it is important for us to stand up and make our voices heard clearly, bravely and freely.
Founder and Festival Director
Traffic and Technical Director
Noam Sheizaf, Eitan Bekerman, Dan Geva
Rani Avgar, Sigal Vanunu Gadish
Shani Kiniso, Agam Kedem Levi
Synopses and Texts
Translation into Arabic
Translation into English
Bimot Digital – Golan Reis, Tal Gershon
Ora Lapidot PR – Ora Lapidot, Ofira Botto
PR and Comminications
Graphic Design Consultant
Dana and Dan Shaham
Logo Design and Visual Language
Royal Titles – Roy Pitluk
Dolev Amitai, Gidi Avivi, Guli Dolev-Hashiloni, Yuval Parnass-Mader, Dani Vilenski, Ruthy Wischnevsky, Rachelle Yair
International Films Competition Selection Committee
Sivan Arbel (Chair), Sinai Abt, Zohar Wagner
International Documentary Films Competition Jury
Pini Schatz (Chair), Andrea Kuhn
International Fiction Films Competition Jury
Israeli Films Competition Coordinator
Gidi Avivi, Irit Gal, Guli Dolev-Hashiloni, Dani Vilenski, Ruthy Wischnevsky
Israeli Feature Films Competition Selection Committee
Irit Gal, Alon Garbuz, Ronen Zaretzky, Rachelle Yair
Israeli Short Films Competition Selection Committee
Shani Kiniso, Yael Kipper, Ruthy Wischnevsky
Israeli Student Films Competition Selection Committee
Ari Davidovich (Chair), Rana Abu Fraiha, Artyom Dubitski, Adi Mishnayot
Israeli Short Films Competition and Student Films Competition Jury
Dr. Evanna Ratner, Itai Ken-Tor
Israeli High School Students Film Competition
Yifat Solel (Chair), Yasser Abu Areesha, Arnon Ben Haim, Merav Ben Shlomo, Guli Dolev-Hashiloni, Shimon Elad, Erez Lotan, Julie Schles
Solidarity for Art, Activism and Human Rights Association
General Manager - Dina Peled, Artistic Director - Dana Morag, Program Manager - Pini Schatz, Marketing Manager - Smadar Bracha