Directed by Angela Andersen
Producer: Kay Siering
The award-winning documentary first aired in Germany and France in December 2018, around the 70th Anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights. It has been nominated for best documentary in Europe and selected by several film festivals in the US and elsewhere.
The images are vivid and often beautiful but the message is relentless. With more and more emboldened authoritarian regimes the moral principles that ensure certain standards of human behavior in our societies and which are regularly protected by law are threatened.
We meet people who are tirelessly fighting for human rights. Portraying a nurse in Africa, a student leader in Hong Kong, an environmental activist in Central America, a blind barefoot lawyer from China, journalists in Istanbul – these people give us hope that the fight is worth the struggle.
Critics call the film: “Spectacular – Impressive – Enlightening – Moving – A must see.“
– UNAFF Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary 2019 (22nd United Nations Association Film Festival)
– Finalist for CFIFF : Changing Face International Film Festival 2019
– Official Selection at the Docs Without Borders Film Festival competition, 2019
Angela Andersen is a journalist , filmmaker and director. Before she became a TV-producer, she finished her studies at the University of Hamburg with a Master degree in political sciences and sociology.
On her first assignment for ZDF German TV Angela Andersen traveled to Thailand, South Korea, and the US Pacific Command to create a portrait of America Almighty. She partnered with ZDF anchor Claus Kleber on several projects, including this documentary on President George Bush’s Texas and Washington DC. Other documentaries for ZDF followed, among them America’s Crusade – Afghanistan, The Kennedys, India – Unstoppable, and the three-part documentary The Bomb, which won an award for Best Documentary that year. She directed and was the co-author of the documentaries Hunger and Durst/Thirst for arte, which won the Bayerischer Fernsehpreis for Best Documentary that year. Brave New World on Silicon Valley was nominated in Germany for best tv-journalism and won the Georg von Holtzbrinck Preis. She has worked as a freelance producer and co-author on countless news stories and documentaries among them Cuba—A Revolution without Hope, Day of Terror—September 11, Flying Abortionists, and Hurricane Floyd, PTSD inflicted veterans. For many years she has been the co-owner for the TV-production company Stories Unlimited Inc., producing twenty-five half-hour documentaries on social-political subjects as death row in Texas or women and guns.