• The exhibition is located in the Tabacalera Building, where it will remain until June 16 with free admission

  • Humans Fest opens its 15th edition this Thursday, which will be held until June 8, including screenings in theaters and neighborhoods, as well as multiple discussions

The Valencia International Film and Human Rights Festival, Humans Fest, organized by Fundación por la Justicia since 2009, has inaugurated the exhibition in the Tabacalera Building (C/ Amadeo de Saboya, 11) “African activism against climate change”, Realized by three Valencian journalists: Soraya Aybar, David Soler and Pablo Garrigós, the latter author of the photographs. All three have portrayed the struggle of African activists for human rights in general and socio-environmental rights in particular.

This photographic exhibition, organized in collaboration with the University of Valencia and the Department of Equality of the Valencia City Council, goes hand in hand with the journalistic investigation that the three published in the media Africa World so the images are accompanied by testimonies and personal stories about how to work against climate change under the threat of multinational corporations.

This is the case of the French oil company Total Energies, which leads the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project, a 1,443 kilometer pipeline between Uganda and Tanzania to export 6.5 billion barrels out of Africa. With an estimated production of 34 million tons of CO₂ per year, this pipeline will double the current emissions of these countries, for which it has been strongly confronted by local activists y environmental organizations, since it endangers the fight against climate change and fails to comply with the Paris Agreements.

This story is complemented, in turn, with images that prove the environmental impact and in habitat in endangered native Rothschild giraffe populations, chimpanzee communities, as well as mangrove forests and the African barrier reef. All of this is the result of a journalistic investigation that took place between September and October 2022.

The opening ceremony of this exhibition took place in the Tabacalera Building itself, where it will remain until June 16 with free entry, and was attended by María Dolores Pitarch, delegate of the rector for the Universitat-Societat program; David Soler, curator of the exhibition; Ferran Senent, head of the Social Inclusion and Coexistence section of the Valencia City Council; José María Tomás y Tío, president of the Foundation for Justice; and Majo Siscar, director of the Humans Fest.


Humans Fest will open its 15th edition on Thursday, May 30 and will run until June 8. This year it will develop its film series Peace and Justice under the title Against invasions, peace and justice, projecting three palestinian films at La Filmoteca IVC on Friday, May 31, Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2; as well as the Oscar-winning documentary 20 days in Mariupol on war in ukraine on Wednesday, June 5.

For its part, the screenings of fiction and documentary feature films of the Official Section They will be from Friday, May 31 in Babel Cinemas, while the short films in the Curt i Barrejat category can be enjoyed in the SGAE Center Cultural Room on June 3, 4 and 5 at 5 p.m.

Added to all this are the free outdoor film sessions, which will take place in Nazaret, El Saler and Orriols, as well as an extensive parallel program that includes multiple talks called Debates Humans and two meetings with activists, the so-called Vermouths Humans, which will be held on Saturday mornings, June 1 and 8, at MUVIMAS (the MuVIM cafeteria).

Once again, Humans Fest will aim to facilitate the accessibility for all audiences and, thanks to the collaboration with the ONCE Foundation and FESORD, it will offer audio description and interpretation services in sign language at many screenings and colloquiums. All the detailed programming is available on the festival's official website (www.humansfest.com). 

Humans Fest is part of the international Human Rights Film Network. Its 15th edition is celebrated thanks to the collaboration of the Second Vice Presidency and Department of Social Services, Equality and Housing, Diputació de València, Ajuntament de València, Institut Valencià de Cultura, Caixa Popular and Teika. For its part, the Valencian regional radio and television station, À Punt, is the official media of the festival.