Human Rights Watch Film Festival

NAME OF FESTIVAL: Human Rights Watch Film Festival
SINCE: 2009
WHERE: New York, USA
WEBSITE: www.ff.hrw.org
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. We work tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep rooted change and fight to bring greater justice and security to people around the world. Through our Human Rights Watch Film Festival we bear witness to human rights violations and create a forum for courageous individuals on both sides of the lens to empower audiences with the knowledge that personal commitment can make a difference. The film festival brings to life human rights abuses through storytelling in a way that challenges each individual to empathize and demand justice for all people.

Docs on the Arab Spring, LGBT Issues, Women’s Rights and More Among 22 Films Featured in NYC’s Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Docs on the Arab Spring, LGBT Issues, Women’s Rights and More Among 22 Films Featured in NYC’s Human Rights Watch Film Festival

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The 25th edition of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival will run from June 12 to 22, 2014 with a program of 22 films that bring human rights struggles to life through storytelling, and remind us that film can be a powerful source of change and inspiration. The festival is co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and IFC Center.

Twenty documentaries and two fiction films will be featured, including 19 New York premieres and an unprecedented 16 features by women. The Human Rights Watch Film Festival is especially proud to be celebrating its 25th anniversary. What began as a series of films shown on a modest-sized television in a small New York City theater is now experienced on the big screen by over 100,000 passionate audience members in more than 20 cities worldwide.

London’s Human Rights Watch Film Festival Unveils 2014 Film Lineup

London’s Human Rights Watch Film Festival Unveils 2014 Film Lineup

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 The 18th edition of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in London will run  from March 18 to 28, 2014 with a lineup of 20 award-winning documentary and feature films. The festival will take place at the Curzon Mayfair, Curzon Soho, Ritzy Brixton and for the first time at the Barbican. This year’s program is organized around five themes: Armed Conflict and the Arab Spring; Human Rights Defenders, Icons and Villains; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Rights; Migrants’ Rights and Women’s Rights and Children’s Rights.

Human Rights Watch Film Festival Heads to Toronto; Opens with THE SQUARE on Feb 27, Closes on March 6 with HIGHWAY OF TEARS

Human Rights Watch Film Festival Heads to Toronto; Opens with THE SQUARE on Feb 27, Closes on March 6 with HIGHWAY OF TEARS

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The Human Rights Watch Film Festival returns for its 11th year in Toronto with eight films that the festival describes as bravely bearing witness to human rights violations in Canada and around the globe, and make an impassioned call for social change through their empowering stories of perseverance, resilience and hope. The Human Rights Watch Film Festival opens at Toronto International Film Festival TIFF Bell Lightbox on February 27 with THE SQUARE (2013), director Jehane Noujaim’s (Control Room) thrilling documentary chronicle of activism, unrest and revolution in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, and closes on March 6 with the world premiere of Canadian director Matthew Smiley’s hard-hitting documentary HIGHWAY OF TEARS (2013).

Human Rights Watch Film Festival Returns to Toronto, Opens on February 26 with Putin’s Kiss

Human Rights Watch Film Festival Returns to Toronto, Opens on February 26 with Putin’s Kiss

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The 10th Human Rights Watch Film Festival with a 10-film lineup of “politically charged, inspiring and empowering stories covering themes of oppression, struggle and resilience” opens on February 26, 2013 at TIFF Bell Lightbox with Lise Birk Pedersen’s Putin’s Kiss (2012), a documentary/coming-of-age story about life in contemporary Russia as experienced by Masha Drokova, a middle-class youth activist and member of the anti-fascist group Nashi. The festival runs until March 7. 

Highlights include a focus on women’s issues with Jeremy Teicher’s Tall as the Baobab Tree (2012), set in a rural African village poised at the outer edge of the modern world where a girl hatches a secret plan to rescue her 11-year-old sister from an arranged marriage, and Atiq Rahimi’s The Patience Stone (2012), a gripping film about a woman in an unnamed, war-torn Middle Eastern country who delivers an engrossing, liberating monologue to her comatose husband.

The full lineup of films:

Special Flight Among Lineup for 9th Human Rights Watch Film Festival in Toronto

Special Flight Among Lineup for 9th Human Rights Watch Film Festival in Toronto

The 9th Human Rights Watch Film Festival opens on February 29, 2012 in Toronto Canada at TIFF Bell Lightbox with Fernand Melgar’s documentary Special Flight, a portrait of the legal limbo that faces thousands of detainees in Switzerland’s Frambois detention centre as refugees anxiously await confirmation of their requests for asylum. The festival is a co-presentation between TIFF and Human Rights Watch, and will run until March 9. Festival highlights include Jon Shenk’s The Island […]

2011 Human Rights Watch Film Festival Lineup Features 19 Films

2011 Human Rights Watch Film Festival Lineup Features 19 Films

Now in its 22nd year, the 2011 Human Rights Watch Film Festival returns to New York from June 16 to 30 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater. Nineteen of the best human rights themed films from 12 countries will be screened, 17 of them New York premieres. The Human Rights Watch Film Festival program this year is organized around four themes: Truth, Justice and Accountability; Times of Conflict and Responses to […]