True Heroes Films (THF) is a Geneva-based media organisation with a global reach. Through filmmaking and digital storytelling we spread knowledge of human rights and support human rights defenders by raising their visibility. We collaborate with human rights defenders, human rights and humanitarian organisations, NGOs, UN agencies, international media outlets and broadcasters, cultural and academic institutions and governmental authorities to adapt their work into stories.

Who are "True Heroes"? All those who stand up for human rights and struggle to ensure dignity for all in the face of injustice.


THF main mandate is the visualisation of Human Rights Defenders. We made many around the globe ranging from short to longer portraits. Watch some of these by going to the FILMS page.

Besides we also work thematically, like on torture, peace and dialogue, technological innovation, cartoons for peace etc etc. Go to the THEMES page to read more about this.


The Digest of International Human Rights Awards and their Laureates is a new free online tool that gives everybody access to information on human rights awards, including the list of people who received such awards. Search now through 220 awards and discover over 2800 HRDs/laureates in the digests. 

The digest of Awards came online in July 2017. On 2 February 2021  the digest of Laureates was published. The following donors have made the work possible: Bread for the World Germany, the City of Geneva, and the Netherlands Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva. Read the press release in English and French (lire le communiqué en français).

Press Release EN
Press Release FR
Learn more about the Digest

By subscribing to our Human Rights Defenders Blog  you can see updated information on awards and laureates.




THF trained over the years many youth, filmmakers and NGO staff on how to work and film with HRDs. Download the  THF MODULE FOR YOUTH (English) or THF MODULE FOR YOUTH (French) and the THF MODULE FOR TEACHERS (English) or THF MODULE FOR TEACHERS (French). This work is supported by the City of Geneva.