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Inviolable - The Fight for Human Rights

"Inviolable - The Fight for Human Rights" takes stock 70 years after the Declaration for Human Rights was written. Do countries value what has been a great vision after World War II? From China to Guatemala, from Canada to Kenya, from Greece to Germany, from Turkey to the United States the documentary shows people who are affected by the actions of their governments or corporations. But the film highlights that so many people are tirelessly fighting for human rights. Portraying a nurse in Africa, a student leader in HongKong, an environmental activist in Central America, a blind barefoot lawyer from China, a journalist in Istanbul - these people give hope that the fight, if not yet won, is worth the struggle.
Brilliant footage and interviews with Kenneth Roth from "Human Rights Watch", former US-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and German President Joachim Gauck give the documentary its structure.

  • Angela Andersen
    The Bomb
  • Angela Andersen
  • Claus Kleber
  • Kay Siering
  • Wolfgang Bergmann
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Unantastbar - Der Kampf fuer Menschenrechte
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 28 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 1, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    550,000 USD
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  • Country of Filming:
    Bangladesh, Canada, China, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Kenya
  • Language:
    English, German
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  • Deutscher Fernsehpreis Nomination
Distribution Information
  • Spiegel TV
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Angela Andersen

Angela Andersen is a journalist, filmmaker, and director.
• On her first assignment for ZDF German TV Angela Andersen traveled to Thailand, South Korea, and the U.S. 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. In 2011, ZDF broadcasted the documentaries “Machtfaktor Erde”, which looked at consequences of global warming focusing on national security aspects on different continents. In 2014, 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. A 60-minute documentary “Brave New World” on Silicon Valley followed in 2016. It was nominated in Germany for best tv-journalism and won the “Georg von Holtzbrinck Preis”. In the US that film won Silver at the New York Film Festival 2017 and was nominated for Best Documentary at the Monaco Film Festival.
In 2018 she directed "Inviolable - The Fight for Human Rights", a German/French/Canadian co-production.

For ARD German TV, the other public network, 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 25 half-hour documentaries on social-political subjects as “Death Row in Texas” or “Women and Guns”.

She is working on submitting her ideas for future projects right now.

Before she became a TV-producer, she finished her studies at the university in Hamburg with a Master degree in political sciences and sociology.
She was born in May of 1960 in the city of Cologne.
Angela Andersen lives in Massachusetts. Her daughter, a producer, and filmmaker in her own right, in L.A.

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Director Statement

This topic should be front and center. This is from my heart as a journalist and a human. Therefore, for the first time, I am submitting one of my films to festivals outside of Germany. The Fight for Human Rights needs more humans to join in. A bigger audience can be a start. We should not forget how important it is to be aware of the rights that are the foundation of our democracies. And how careful we have to be that this foundation is not eroding.