‘Evaporating Borders’: A Window Into the Lives of Migrants image

‘Evaporating Borders’: A Window Into the Lives of Migrants

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.

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Rethinking American Ideals in Sandrine Orabona & Mark Herzog’s ‘Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story’ image

Rethinking American Ideals in Sandrine Orabona & Mark Herzog’s ‘Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story’

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.

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Changing the Public’s View of Domestic Abuse: Cynthia Hill’s ‘Private Violence’ image

Changing the Public’s View of Domestic Abuse: Cynthia Hill’s ‘Private Violence’

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.

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‘A Quiet Inquisition’: Women’s Health Issues from Another Perspective image

‘A Quiet Inquisition’: Women’s Health Issues from Another Perspective

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.

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‘Nelson Mandela: The Myth in Me’: Humanizing a Herculean Figure image

‘Nelson Mandela: The Myth in Me’: Humanizing a Herculean Figure

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.

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‘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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