‘To Be Takei’: Civil Rights, Humor, and ‘Star Trek’ Fans image

‘To Be Takei’: Civil Rights, Humor, and ‘Star Trek’ Fans

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.

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Shedding Light on Human Rights Violations with Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman’s ‘E-TEAM’ image

Shedding Light on Human Rights Violations with Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman’s ‘E-TEAM’

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.

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Race, Class, Gender, and Self-Defense: blair dorosh-walther’s ‘Out in the Night’ image

Race, Class, Gender, and Self-Defense: blair dorosh-walther’s ‘Out in the Night’

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.

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From Conflict in Turkey to Life Anew in Switzerland: ‘The Beekeeper’ image

From Conflict in Turkey to Life Anew in Switzerland: ‘The Beekeeper’

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.

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An Iranian Teen Aspires to Be an Astronaut in ‘Sepideh – Reaching for the Stars’ image

An Iranian Teen Aspires to Be an Astronaut in ‘Sepideh – Reaching for the Stars’

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.

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‘The Supreme Price’ of Corruption and the Gender Gap in Nigeria image

‘The Supreme Price’ of Corruption and the Gender Gap in Nigeria

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.

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‘Siddharth’: A Moving and Tangled Search for a Son image

‘Siddharth’: A Moving and Tangled Search for a Son

A scripted film based on an encounter with a father looking for a lost son in New Delhi, Siddharth, directed by Richie Mehta, examines the present culture of India. The film will screen at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, followed by a discussion with Mehta and lead actress, Tannishtha Chatterjee.

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‘The Homestretch’: Three Teens Combat Homelessness and Misunderstanding image

‘The Homestretch’: Three Teens Combat Homelessness and Misunderstanding

Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly's documentary is a stereotype-breaking portrait of three homeless teenagers and the circumstances surrounding their unstable lives. The Homestretch screens at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival on June 20, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers.

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‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ Filmmaker Biyi Bandele Talks Passion and Censorship image

‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ Filmmaker Biyi Bandele Talks Passion and Censorship

New York African Film Festival director Biyi Bandele adapted Orange Prize-winner Half of a Yellow Sun into a big-screen epic. The filmmaker talks about a little-known bit of Nigerian history, working with award-winning actors, and the scepter of censorship.

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‘Actress’ Director Robert Greene Talks Performance, Transition, and Breaking Rules image

‘Actress’ Director Robert Greene Talks Performance, Transition, and Breaking Rules

FilmLinc spoke with Robert Greene ahead of this weekend's screening of Actress, which he hopes will "challenge audiences" intellectually and emotionally. The film closes Film Society's Art of the Real series.

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