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.
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.
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.
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.