Children’s Rights Day: Be humbled by the perspective of a child, for you were once one yourself.

“If we are ever to have real peace in this world we shall have to begin with the children.”
— Mahatma Gandhi  

Children are the future. Some just wear it as a slogan on a t-shirt, some fight for its true implications every day. In any case, the realization that we should collectively care for children’s wellbeing if we care about our own wellbeing and that of the world, is becoming more and more supported. Still, there are many pressing issues that children face. And the always-changing world is demanding that we keep reconsidering the way we create a safe place for all.

Abuse, poverty & children’s wellbeing in the digital age

Today is the International Day of Children’s Rights, and equally the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child – which is being held festively in Europe’s parliamentary capital, Brussels. Progress is celebrated and continuing action is discussed. Topics include migrant children, child poverty, domestic abuse and the wellbeing of children in the digital age.

Discover the inner world of children @ Just Film Children’s Rights

At Black Nights we have compiled a special focus program together with the Estonian Children’s Rights Association: Just Film Children’s Rights. Want to get a look into the most crucial issues that children face today? These are the films you should see:

Opening film: System Crasher
Even the children that are impossible to love sometimes, need our attention and care. System Crasher is the term Child Protection uses for kids that are out of anyone’s control. 9-year-old Benni is such a furious creature, and everyone around her is in despair. How should we act in such cases and can anger management trainer Micha find a way to tame her?

“Of course, all the films are worth seeing,” says the advisor for the Estonian Children’s Rights Association, Mart Valner, who also helped to select the films in the program. “But I strongly recommend seeing this opening film, which is also the official entry from Germany for the international category at the Oscars, for yourself.”

Wednesday, November 20th, 18:00 @ Apollo Solaris Cinema 3
Wednesday, November 27th, 13:30 @ Coca-Cola Plaza Cinema 7 + Q&A with co-producer Frauke Kolbmüller

All for My Mother
The importance of parents or capable guardians comes to the surface in their painful absence. Olka’s nails are bitten and her hands bear the marks of self-harm. Her constant escapes from the orphanage landed her in a reformatory.
She lives there but she is of another world: she does not care for hipster clothes or the newest smartphone. Unlike other girls, she does not want to provide sexual services to the guard for a smoke. She only wants her mother back. 

Friday, November 22nd, 15:45, Apollo Solaris Cinema 4 + Q&A with screenwriter Małgorzata Imielska
Saturday, November 30th, 14:45, Coca-Cola Plaza Cinema 6

See the stories of other orphan children in It’s Not Forever or witness the rebellion of a Belgian teenage girl who, very suddenly, loses both her parents in Cleo

Magic Life of V
Childhood traumas, neglect, and abuse often have a big impact on a person’s later life. In Magic Life of V we see a brother and sister coming to terms with the domestic abuse they survived as kids, by engaging in live-action-role-play (LARP). Navigating through a world of multiple roles and identities, witches and wizards and medieval knights, they find the courage to face the demons of their past.

Saturday, November 23rd, 17:00, Apollo Solaris Cinema 3
Thursday, November 28th, 15:00, Coca-Cola Plaza Cinema 7

How does a long vicious cycle of abuse within a family affect its members? See it in Sasha Joseph Neulinger’s family portrait Rewind.

FOMO: Fear of Missing Out
As many parents might know: One of the biggest challenges of today is keeping kids from using digital devices in a harmful way. In FOMO: Fear of Missing Out we dive into this subject through the story of a group of Hungarian teenagers.
Gergő and his friends are into three things: partying, sex, and their online following. One night, at a party, Lilla falls victim to the boys. A dare gets out of hand and, overnight, the youngsters’ world changes forever.

Thursday, November 21st, 13:00, Apollo Solaris Cinema 3
Tuesday, November 26th, 18:15, Apollo Solaris Cinema 3







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