Human Rights Watch International Film Festival

2/2/08 to 2/24/08

The annual festival presented by the renowned advocacy organization Human Rights Watch showcases truly committed cinema-works by courageous filmmakers worldwide. The works in this year's program deliver urgent insights about threats to human freedoms and the health of the planet, and celebrate the power of art to generate social change.

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  • Everything’s Cool, February 2

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Past Films

  • Lumo

    • Sunday, February 24 2:00 pm

    Introduced by Patrick Vinck. A nuanced consideration of a too-common phenomenon-the use of rape as a weapon of terror-through the story of one courageous survivor in Congo.

  • Enemies of Happiness

    • Sunday, February 24 3:45 pm

    Introduced by Rachel Shigekane. An enthralling profile of Malalai Joya, a young woman challenging the Afghan political establishment. With short Sari's Mother.

  • Strange Culture

    • Sunday, February 10 5:30 pm

    Telling the strange tale of artist and alleged “bioterrorist” Steve Kurtz, Lynn Hershman Leeson deconstructs both documentary conventions and post-9/11 paranoia.

  • City of Photographers

    • Sunday, February 10 7:05 pm

    Introduced by Naomi Roht-Arriaza. This look back at a group of brave photojournalists in Santiago under Pinochet offers a universal lesson in the necessity of a free press.

  • HotHouse

    • Thursday, February 7 7:00 pm

    An unprecedented look inside Israeli prisons that function as incubators for the next generation of Palestinian leadership. “Shimon Dotan's brilliantly constructed, disturbingly provocative film is both a humanizing force and an alarming wake-up call.”-Sundance Film Festival

  • Everything's Cool

    • Saturday, February 2 6:00 pm

    A “toxic comedy” from Daniel Gold and Judith Helfand (Blue Vinyl) shows that when it comes to global warming, everything's not cool.

  • The Unforeseen

    • Saturday, February 2 8:00 pm

    Introduced by Teresa Caldeira. Laura Dunn's case study of a Texas land developer is “a powerful meditation on the destruction of the natural world and the American Dream as it falls victim to the cannibalizing forces of unchecked development.”-Film Society of Lincoln Center