The name says it all: at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle, 2Rivers encourages communication, interaction and dialogue across borders and in manifold ways between people of different origin, between film professionals and their audience on both local and international level, between established filmmakers and newcomers as well as between artists and scholars.

In 2016 and 2018 the festival GIEFF@Koblenz has proven that ethnographic films can inspire a local audience and at the same time attract an international audience to Koblenz. In 2020 we go on from the previous successes – with a different name, renewed energy and a mix of both experienced and new team members.

‘Reality’ becoming a scarce resource didn’t just start with Instagram or “fake news”, and it is certainly not something just ‘out there’. Rather, it comprises that what we can know, understand and communicate to each other. Current debates about “home(land)”, “diversity” or “sustainability” show that norms and values as well as notions of tradition and innovation cannot be considered just on an abstract level – the development of one’s own perspective needs encounter and appearance as well as reflection and discussion. This is exactly what documentary film can accomplish, if it takes serious the claim to deliver authentic portraits of reality, thus making strange worlds suddenly familiar.

2Rivers has the patronage of Ms PD Dr. Margit Theis-Scholz, Deputy Mayor of Koblenz in charge of Culture and is organised by „Filmfest Koblenz e.V.“, in collaboration with the Institute for Social and Sustainable Oikonomics (ISSO) as well as the Institut für Kulturwissenschaft of Koblenz University, under the direction of Prof. Dr. Andreas Ackermann and a team of research assistants as well as a large number of students.