|Photo from Life, Above Ali|
The 22nd annual edition of the festival returns with stories of resilience from across the globe about the universal issues that grip our time. Human Rights Watch—one of the world’s leading independent human rights organizations—invites you to engage with these compelling films that are spurring vital dialogue. One of the most striking themes in this year’s selection is the power of media in all its forms to influence the craft of filmmaking and to impact human rights. Many titles are making their exclusive New York or U.S. debuts.
The festival will launch on June 16 with a fundraising Benefit Night for Human Rights Watch, featuring the Bosnia-set political thriller The Whistleblower, starring Rachel Weisz. More information about the film and the benefit is available on hrw.org.
The main program will begin on June 17, with the Opening Night presentation of Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, the latest documentary from Pamela Yates, here with her sixth film in the festival. Another highlight is the Festival Centerpiece on June 25, Sing Your Song, an inspiring portrait of Harry Belafonte, with the legendary entertainer and activist present to discuss the film. On June 26 the festival will feature a special program, No Boundaries: Tim Hetherington, a tribute to the visionary work of the late photographer, filmmaker and journalist. The Closing Night screening on June 30 will be Life, Above All, a moving coming-of-age drama set in a South African township ravaged by HIV/AIDS.
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Films in this Series
Q&A with filmmakers and film subject Bradley Crowder
Katie Galloway, Kelly Duane de la Vega, 2011
Buy Tickets: Sat Jun 18: 6:30 pm | Sun Jun 19: 4:00 pm | Mon Jun 20: 4:00 pm |
Two boyhood friends from Midland, Texas fall under the sway of a charismatic revolutionary ten years their senior at the volatile 2008 Republican Convention.
Q&A with filmmaker
Mikael Wiström, Alberto Herskovits, 2010
Buy Tickets: Sat Jun 25: 1:00 pm | Mon Jun 27: 6:30 pm | Wed Jun 29: 4:00 pm |
This poignant, powerful documentary sensitively observes one matriarch’s decision to work as a hotel maid in Spain and the impact on her extended family in Peru.
Screenings followed by discussion with filmmakers and film subjects Kate Doyle, Alejandra Garcia and Fredy Peccerelli
Pamela Yates, Peter Kinoy, Paco de Onís, 2011
Buy Tickets: Fri Jun 17: 7:00 pm | Sat Jun 18: 1:00 pm |
Part political thriller and part memoir, Yates’s film shows what happened when her 1982 footage of Guatemalan genocide became evidence in an international war crimes case.
Posing hard questions about affecting change in the United States, this chronicle of the Earth Liberation Front is a fascinating exploration of a modern revolutionary movement
Q&A with filmmakers
Juan José Lozano, Hollman Morris, 2010
Buy Tickets: Wed Jun 22: 6:30 pm | Thu Jun 23: 9:00 pm | Fri Jun 24: 4:00 pm |
The brutal history of illegal paramilitias and their victims in Colombia is freshly documented through the lens of the country’s controversial Justice and Peace process.
Q&A with filmmakers
Angus Gibson, Miguel Salazar, 2011
Buy Tickets: Tue Jun 28: 8:45 pm | Wed Jun 29: 6:30 pm | Thu Jun 30: 4:00 pm |
This challenging film recounts the action-packed day of the Siege of the Palace of Justice in Colombia and the dramatic trial of a key colonel 25 years later.
Closing Night Film & Reception
Oliver Schmitz, 2010
Buy Tickets: Thu Jun 30: 7:00 pm |
Screening followed by discussion with filmmaker Oliver Schmitz and lead actress Khomotso Manyaka
In this artful reinvention of the “coming-of-age story,” a girl in a South African township struggles when the spread of HIV/AIDS afflicts her own mother.
Photojournalist Mimi Chakarova exposes the shadowy world of sex trafficking from Eastern Europe to the Middle East and Western Europe, filming undercover with extraordinary access.
Q&A with filmmakers
Giulia Amati , Stephen Natanson, 2010
Buy Tickets: Mon Jun 27: 4:00 pm | Tue Jun 28: 6:30 pm | Wed Jun 29: 9:00 pm |
Amati and Natanson’s documentary listens to voices from all sides to examine Hebron, home to one of the first Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
This stunning documentary is based on security camera footage from an encounter in Guantanamo Bay between Canadian intelligence agents and 16-year-old Canadian detainee Omar Khadr.