Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2014

Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2014

Friday, June 13 - Sunday, June 22, 2014

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For more than 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously to: investigate abuses in 90 countries to assemble an accurate and objective picture; expose wrong doing through global media outlets using testimony and multimedia as irrefutable evidence; and change policy at the highest levels of government through targeted and relentless pressure to secure justice for all.

Through the 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 human rights abuses to life through storytelling in a way that challenges each individual to empathize and demand justice for all.

Additional screenings take place at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.


Abounaddara Collective: Shorts from Syria

Abounaddara Collective: Shorts from Syria

Thursday, June 19, 2014
NY premiere! Founded in 2010, the Abounaddara Collective is a group of filmmakers working to provide an alternative image of Syrian society, different from the prevailing representations... more...



The Beekeeper

The Beekeeper

Monday, June 16, 2014
Dir. in person! NY premiere! THE BEEKEEPER relates the touching story of Ibrahim Gezer, a Kurdish beekeeper from southeast Turkey, and his unusual experience of integration into the... more...



Evaporating Borders

Evaporating Borders

Sunday, June 15, 2014
Dir. in person! NY premiere A visual essay in five parts, EVAPORATING BORDERS is told through a series of vignettes that explore the lives of asylum seekers and political refugees on... more...



First to Fall

First to Fall

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Directors in person! NY premiere FIRST TO FALL is an intimate story of friendship, sacrifice, and the madness of war. It bears witness to the irreversible transformation of two friends,... more...



For Those Who Can Tell No Tales

For Those Who Can Tell No Tales

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
NY premiere! Jasmila Zbanic's FOR THOSE WHO CAN TELL NO TALES follows an Australian tourist as she discovers the silent legacy of wartime atrocities in a seemingly idyllic town on the... more...



The Green Prince

The Green Prince

Monday, June 16, 2014
Dir. in person! NY premiere! This real life thriller tells the story of one of Israel's most prized intelligence sources: the son of top Hamas leader Sheikh Hassan Youssef, Mosab Hassan... more...



The Homestretch

The Homestretch

Saturday, June 21, 2014
Directors in person! NY premiere! THE HOMESTRETCH follows three homeless teens in Chicago as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Each of these smart, ambitious... more...



Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story

Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story

Saturday, June 14, 2014
Subject Kristin Beck & dir. in person! NY premiere! Former US Navy SEAL Chris Beck embarks on a new mission as Kristin Beck. Kristin's journey in search of the American ideals that... more...



The Mulberry House

The Mulberry House

Thursday, June 19, 2014
Dir. in person! NY premiere! After 10 years in Scotland, Sara Ishaq travels back to her childhood home of Yemen and takes her camera along. She hopes to feel at home in the place that... more...



Nelson Mandela: The Myth & Me

Nelson Mandela: The Myth & Me

Friday, June 13, 2014
Dir. in person! US premiere South African filmmaker Khalo Matabane was an idealistic teenager with fanciful ideas about a post-apartheid era of freedom and justice when the great icon... more...



Out in the Night

Out in the Night

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Dir. & subjects in person! NY premiere! One hot August night in 2006, in New York's Greenwich Village, a group of young African-American lesbian friends are violently and sexually... more...



A Quiet Inquisition

A Quiet Inquisition

Friday, June 20, 2014
Filmmakers in person! World premiere! At a public hospital in Nicaragua, OBGYN Dr. Carla Cerrato must choose between following a law that bans all abortions and endangers her patients... more...



Return to Homs

Return to Homs

Friday, June 13, 2014
Filmmakers in person! Filmed between August 2011 and August 2013, RETURN TO HOMS is a remarkably intimate portrait of a group of young revolutionaries in the city of Homs in western... more...



Scheherazade’s Diary

Scheherazade’s Diary

Sunday, June 22, 2014
Closing Night! Dir. in person! NY premiere! This engaging tragicomic documentary follows women inmates through a 10-month drama therapy/theater project set up in 2012 by director Zeina... more...



Sepideh — Reaching for the Stars

Sepideh — Reaching for the Stars

Sunday, June 15, 2014
NY premiere! Sepideh is a young Iranian woman who dares to dream—of a future as an astronaut. At night, she stares up at the universe. At home, full of hope and longing, she watches... more...



Watchers of the Sky

Watchers of the Sky

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Dir. in person! NY premiere! WATCHERS OF THE SKY interweaves five stories of remarkable courage, compassion, and determination, while setting out to uncover the forgotten life of Raphael... more...





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