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.
October’s Ciné-ONU Vienna film screening was dedicated to the International Day of Non-Violence, featuring the award-winning documentary “Ahimsa - Gandhi: The Power of the Powerless”.
Millions of people around the globe are engaged in the platform economy, looking for job opportunities online. "The Gig Is Up”, directed by Shannon Walsh in 2021, shines a light on numerous stories of gig workers and the benefits and threats that people in this shadow workforce face.
Ciné-ONU Vienna film screening dedicated to World Refugee Day: “Simple as Water” by Oscar-winning director Megan Mylan depicts the universal significance of family and explores the profound effects of war, separation, and displacement.
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.