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.
Filmmaker Khalo Matabane reflected on his unique approach to humanizing Mandela in his documentary Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me, which has its U.S. premiere at the Human Rights Film Festival on June 14, followed by a discussion with Matabane.
Jennifer Kroot discusses her time with Star Trek's George Takei, and the parallel between Japanese-American internment during WWII and LGBT civil rights today. To Be Takei screens at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival on June 15.
Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman's documentary follows Human Rights Watch's E-Team (Emergencies Team) members travel across boarders to bring attention to areas where human rights are violated.
Director blair dorosh-walther talks about the process of bringing a previously untold story to light. Her documentary Out in the Night, which promotes change in how the public views the media, will screen on June 20 at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, followed by a discussion with dorosh-walther and the film's subjects.
Mano Khalil reflects on his process of capturing the beauty of life in his intimate documentary The Beekeeper, which screens on June 17 at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, followed by a discussion with the filmmaker.
Berit Madsen looks back on the inspiration and filmmaking process in the creation of her documentary Sepideh - Reaching for the Stars, depicting an ambitious teenage girl in modern Iran. Sepideh will screen at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival on June 21.
Joanna Lipper's film is a study of Nigeria's past and present through its portrayal of the political and social movement to transform a corrupt culture. The film screens in the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, followed by a discussion with Joanna Lipper and subject Hafsat Abiola.