The 26th edition features 16 films from across the globe that celebrate the power of individuals and communities to effect change.
Zeina Daccache's Scheherazade's Diary follows women inmates in Lebanon's Baabda prison throughout a 10-month drama therapy/theater project. The film closes out the 25th Human Rights Watch Film Festival this Sunday.
The Abounaddara Collective is a group of self-taught filmmakers who aim to provide an alternative image of Syrian society to the public. A series of their short films will screen on June 19 at the IFC Center as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, followed by a discussion with spokesperson Charif Kiwan.
Edet Belzberg reflects on the process of exploring the life of Raphael Lemkin, who coined the word "genocide," in her documentary Watchers of the Sky. The film screens on June 19, followed by a discussion with Belzberg.
The Transformation of Civilians Into Soldiers: Rachel Beth Anderson and Tim Grucza’s ‘First to Fall’
Capturing those who fight and the draw of civilians to become soldiers, Rachel Beth Anderson and Tim Grucza's documentary First to Fall follows two young men who leave the safety of their lives in Canada to travel back to their home country of Libya to fight in the revolution.
Human Rights Watch's Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus chronicles an underground theater performing against a tide of repression. Filmmaker Madeleine Sackler gives insight into her experience filming "illegally" in Europe's last dictatorship.
Filmmaker Iva Radivojevic discusses current immigration in Cyprus and describes what she hopes audiences will take away from her visual essay Evaporating Borders, screening June 17 at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival.
Sandrine Orabona and Mark Herzog's Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story rethinks the American ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness through the eyes of Kristin Beck, former U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Beck, as she continues life as a transgender woman.
Cynthia Hill's Private Violence explores domestic violence in America through the stories of two women who seek justice and change. The film opens this year's Human Rights Watch Film Festival, followed by a discussion with Cynthia Hill, executive producer Gloria Steinem, and film subjects Kit Gruelle and Deanna Walters.
Before the world premiere of A Quiet Inquisition at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, directors Alessandra Zeka and Holen Sabrina Kahn discuss their process of making a film showing the fallout from a restrictive abortion policy in Nicaragua, where it had once been legal.