Every year since 2019, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has nominated several outstanding films from the Festival Programme for the Human Rights Film Award.

This year is no different and in 2021 the award celebrates films that explore human rights stories of all kinds, and honours filmmakers whose work argues passionately for a better world.

Take a look at this year's ICCL Award nominees!

The Reason I Jump

Naoki Higashida and four other young people with autism spectrum disorder share their accounts of living with the condition in this critically acclaimed documentary, an audience award and Special Jury Prize winner at Sundance.

American filmmaker and activist Bryan Fogel, whose Icarus won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, follows the shocking case of Jamal Khashoggi in his latest feature. 


A Serbian man goes on an epic journey by foot in the hope of regaining custody of his children in Srdan Golubovic’s latest drama. 

Irish director Paul Rice and producer Liam Jackson Montgomery travel the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway in order to give voice to those who have experienced what it means to be queer in Russia.
Four asylum seekers await word of their futures while staying on a distant Scottish island in this award-winning comedy/drama filled with deadpan humour, satire and humanity.


Acasa, My Home

Sundance Special Jury Award for Cinematography in World Cinema Documentary winner, this empathetic documentary explores the societal demands of an urban lifestyle and the struggle of a Romanian family to maintain freedom in a modern world.

Browse the Festival Programme for more exciting films. Don't forget to pre-book your tickets, virtual seats are limited and selling fast!