The Human Rights Watch Film Festival will take place June 12-22 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and IFC Center in New York City. The festival will include a number of feature films from across the globe, as well as Q&As with filmmakers, subjects, and HRW representatives.
Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me
South African filmmaker Khalo Matabane was an idealistic teenager with fanciful ideas about a post-apartheid era of freedom and justice when the great icon of liberation Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990. In a personal odyssey encompassing an imaginary letter to Mandela and conversations with politicians, activists, intellectuals, and artists, Matabane questions the meaning of freedom, reconciliation, and forgiveness—and challenges Mandela's legacy in today's world of conflict and inequality.
To read more about the film, click here: https://ff.hrw.org/film/nelson-mandela-myth-and-me?city=5
June 13, 2014 - 9:30 PM at IFC Center / June 14, 2014 - 6:30 PM at Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater
First to Fall
First to Fall is an intimate story of friendship, sacrifice, and the madness of war. It bears witness to the irreversible transformation of two friends, and the price they pay for their convictions. Hamid and Tarek leave their lives as students in Canada and travel to Libya, their homeland, to join the fight to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi. They pledge to make it to the front line despite neither of them having ever picked up a weapon.
To read more about the film, click here: https://ff.hrw.org/film/first-fall?city=5
June 17, 2014 - 7:00 PM at IFC Center / June 18, 2014 - 9:00 PM at Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater
Watchers of the Sky
Watchers of the Sky interweaves five stories of remarkable courage, compassion, and determination, while setting out to uncover the forgotten life of Raphael Lemkin—the man who created the word "genocide" and believed the law could protect the world from mass atrocities. Inspired by Samantha Power's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, A Problem From Hell, Watchers of the Sky takes you on a provocative journey from Nuremberg to The Hague, from Bosnia to Darfur, from criminality to justice, and from apathy to action.
To read more about the film, click here: https://ff.hrw.org/film/watchers-sky?city=5
June 18, 2014 - 9:00 PM at IFC Center / June 19, 2014 - 6:15 PM at Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater
Return to Homs
Filmed between August 2011 and August 2013, Return to Homs is a remarkably intimate portrait of a group of young revolutionaries in the city of Homs in western Syria. They dream of their country being free from President Bashar al-Assad and fight for justice through peaceful demonstrations. As the army acts ever more brutally and their city transforms into a ghost town, the young men begin to take up arms.
To read more about the film, click here: https://ff.hrw.org/film/return-homs?city=5
June 13, 2014 - 7:00 PM at IFC Center / June 14, 2014 - 9:30 PM at IFC Center
The Mulberry House
After 10 years in Scotland, Sara Ishaq travels back to her childhood home of Yemen and takes her camera along. She hopes to feel at home in the place that was once so close to her heart, but the complications soon become clear. Outside the gates of her family home, people are protesting against President Ali Abdullah Saleh's authoritarian rule, and Ishaq and her family quickly become caught up in the movement.
To read more about the film, click here: https://ff.hrw.org/film/mulberry-house?city=5
June 19, 2014 - 9:00 PM at IFC Center