Originally launched in Brussels in 2007 by the United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC), Ciné-ONU is now a Europe-wide initiative of regular film screenings of UN related topics followed by podium discussions with invited guests who were part of the film making process or are experts in the topic covered by the film.
In Austria, the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna started with "Ciné-ONU Vienna" in April 2012 and is honoured to partner with this human world (THW) film festival and Top Kino for the regular film screenings in Vienna planned to take place once a month.
The first screening of Ciné-ONU Vienna was the pre-premiere of the feature film "Little Dancer" by Austrian Director George Jecel on 23 April 2012 at Top Kino, followed by a discussion on human trafficking with the film director, UN experts and NGO representatives.
All film screenings are free of charge. For Ciné-ONU Vienna events at Top Kino, please come on time, as admission is on first come first served basis (Top Kino has a seating capacity of 109).
Ciné-ONU screenings are held in different languages, usually in the film's original language with English subtitles. Please check the screening invitation for language details of the particular film.
Many cinemagoers came along to the arthouse cinema, Topkino, to embark on a quest to discover the so-called ‘52 Hertz Whale’. The film follows a group of scientists on their journey to find this mysterious creature that is believed to have lived its life in complete solitude.
The documentary “The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks”, based on the bestselling biography by Jeanne Theoharis, takes a deeper dive into Rosa Park’s often overlooked breadth of accomplishments and the impact of her fight to overcome racial injustice.
The Ciné-ONU Vienna screening of “THE TERRITORY”, gave an immersive on-the-ground look at the tireless fight of the Indigenous Uru-eu-wau-wau people against the encroaching deforestation brought by farmers and illegal settlers in the Brazilian Amazon.
In his film “Game Changers” Israeli filmmaker Noam Sobovitz examines the power of personal friendships and football to bring down the wall between nations.
With the film ‘Freedom Fields’ and the inspiring story of three women and their football team in post-revolution Libya, Ciné-ONU Vienna dedicated its monthly film screening in December to Human Rights Day and the empowerment of women and girls through sports.
“Nine out of ten homicide cases committed against journalists are never investigated,” said Martin Nesirky, Director of the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna, in his opening remarks at the Ciné-ONU Vienna screening of “CAMILLE” to mark International Day to Fight Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.
Ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27, over 100 participants joined the screening of this powerful film that tells the story of climate change through the visual impact of one of the planet’s most important and yet critically threatened resources – glaciers.