Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2012 Jun 14 – Jun 28

Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2012
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One of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights, Human Rights Watch works tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep rooted change and fights to bring greater justice and security to people around the world. The annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival bears witness to human rights violations and creates a forum for courageous individuals on both sides of the lens to empower audiences with the knowledge that personal commitment can make a difference. The festival brings to life human rights abuses through storytelling in a way that challenges each individual to empathize and demand justice for all people.

This year’s festival is organized around four themes: Health, Development, and the Environment (Bidder 70, Bitter Seeds, Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare); Migrants’ Rights (Color of the Ocean, Special Flight); Personal Testimony and Witnessing (Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Brother Number One, Little Heaven, Reportero, Silenced Voices, Words of Witness); Reporting in Crises (Reportero, Silenced Voices, Words of Witness); and Women’s Rights (Habibi, The Invisible War, Salaam Dunk). Download the beautiful full-color festival brochure as a PDF for even more information about the lineup.

Please note: The festival launches on June 14 with a fundraising Benefit Night for Human Rights Watch, featuring Kim Nguyen’s War Witch, an emotionally powerful drama about a 14-year-old girl abducted by a rebel army in sub-Saharan Africa. Tickets and more information can be found on the Human Rights Watch websiteThe main program will begin on June 15 with the Opening Night presentation of Alison Klayman’s festival favorite Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, an up-close look at renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei and his ongoing battle with the Chinese government.

Past Films

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Alison Klayman | 2012 | 91 mins

Opening Night Film & Reception!

Filmmaker Alison Klayman in person!

An unprecedented look at Ai Weiwei and those close to him, capturing the controversial artist’s forthrightness and unequivocal stance against China’s various forms of oppression. New York Premiere! New York premiere followed by Opening Night reception.

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Bidder 70

Bidder 70

Beth Gage | George Gage | 2011 | 74 mins

Filmmakers Beth and George Gage in person at all three screenings!

The story of Tim DeChristopher, who derailed the Bush Administration’s federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Oil and Gas lease auction, effectively safeguarding thousands of acres of Utah land and putting himself at risk for a prison sentence.

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Bitter Seeds

Bitter Seeds

Micha X. Peled | 2011 | 87 mins

Filmmaker Micha X. Peled in person at June 21 screening!

An aspiring young journalist examines the causes of an epidemic of farmer suicides in India—including that of her own father—stemming from the introduction of genetically modified seeds to the Indian market.

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Brother Number One

Brother Number One

Annie Goldson | 2011

Filmmaker Annie Goldson and film subject Rob Hamill in person at all three showings!

Through New Zealander Rob Hamill’s story of his brother’s death at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, Brother Number One explores how the regime and its followers killed nearly 2 million Cambodians between 1975 and 1979.

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Call Me Kuchu

Call Me Kuchu

Katherine Fairfax Wright | Malika Zouhali-Worrall | 2012 | 87 mins

Closing Night Film & Reception!

Filmmakers Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall and subject Longjones Wambere in person!

Impassioned activist David Kato and his dedicated followers battle an oppressive government, a vicious media and a powerful church in the fight for gay rights in Uganda.

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Color of the Ocean

Color of the Ocean

Maggie Peren | 2011 | 95 mins

A cynical Canary Islands border patrolman and an altruistic German tourist cross paths with two Congolese refugees, changing the course of all their lives, in this exciting and unexpectedly moving thriller.

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Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare

Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare

Matthew Heineman | Susan Froemke | 2012 | 98 mins

Filmmakers Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke in person at all three screenings!

How can the United States save its badly broken healthcare system? With consummate skill, filmmakers Heineman and Froemke use dramatic personal stories and the efforts of medical, industrial and government leaders to answer the question.

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Habibi

Habibi

Susan Youssef | 2011 | 78 mins

Filmmaker Susan Youssef in person at all three screenings!

Two students from Gaza struggle to maintain their relationship in the face of class differences and parental disapproval in this lyrical and passionate romantic drama.

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The Invisible War

The Invisible War

Kirby Dick | 2011 | 95 mins

Filmmaker Kirby Dick and producer Amy Ziering in person at June 18 & 20 screenings! Subjects Ariana Klay and Ben Klay in person June 20!

Directed by Kirby Dick (Twist of Faith, Outrage) and produced by Amy Ziering, The Invisible War undertakes a groundbreaking investigation into the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. Dick and Ziering are also the recipients of the festival’s Nestor Almendros Award for courage in filmmaking.

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Little Heaven

Little Heaven

Lieven Corthouts | 2011 | 70 mins

Filmmaker Lieven Corthouts in person at all three screenings!

HIV is an everyday reality for the children at the Little Heaven orphanage in Addis Abada, Ethiopia, including 13-year-old Lydia, through whose eyes this surprisingly hopeful documentary unfolds.

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Reportero

Reportero

Bernardo Ruiz | 2011 | 72 mins

Filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz in person at all screenings! Film subject Sergio Haro in person at June 22 and June 23 screenings!

Sergio Haro and his colleagues at the Tijuana-based newsweekly Zeta stubbornly ply their trade in what has become one of the most deadly places in the world to be a journalist. New York Premiere!

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Salaam Dunk

Salaam Dunk

David Fine | 2011 | 82 mins

Filmmaker David Fine in person at June 16 & 17 screenings!

With plenty of pop music and “girl power,” Salaam Dunk delivers a tale of hope and inspiration, courtesy of a winning group of Iraqi women basketball players at the American University in Sulaimani, Iraq.

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Special Flight

Special Flight

Ferdinand Melgar | 2011 | 100 mins

Filmmaker Ferdinand Melgar in person at June 16 & 17 screenings!

An intimate and emotionally charged portrait of the rejected asylum seekers and illegal migrants in Switzerland’s Frambois detention centre, awaiting their return to their countries of origin.

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Words of Witness

Words of Witness

Mai Iskander | 2012 | 68 mins

Filmmaker Mai Iskander in person at all three screenings!

Defying cultural norms and family expectations, 22-year-old journalist Heba Afify takes to the streets of Egypt to report on a country in turmoil. Her coming of age, political awakening and subsequent disillusionment mirror that of an entire nation.

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