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.
As part of the Human Rights 75 film tour and to mark World Day of Social Justice, the February-edition of Cine-ONU Vienna featured the documentary “My Name is Happy” on the inspirational story of young singer Mutlu Kaya who turned from a survivor of a femicide attempt to an advocate for women’s rights in Türkiye and beyond.
In 2024, the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust on 27 January marks 79 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. This year, the United Nations is paying tribute to the bravery of all those who stood up to the Nazis, despite the grave risks.
The film “From Here”, shown at Ciné-ONU Vienna to mark International Migrants Day on 18 December, explains how migration is a humanitarian issue and shines a light on the challenges people face coming to a new country or being raised between two cultures.
To commemorate World Children’s Day, the November edition of Ciné-ONU Vienna offered a glimpse into the lives of children affected by war and displacement and portrayed the transformations that unfold through the simple yet impactful act of play.
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.