Los Angeles


  • May 10, 2024

    Join us on Thursday, May 30 at 7pm in Culver City for an exclusive screening of Every Body, followed by a live panel discussion with director Julie Cohen, hosted by the Los Angeles Film Club Committee. 

    This is a free event open to the HRW community - reserve your spot here!  

    About the film: Every Body tells the stories of three intersex individuals who have moved from childhoods marked by shame, secrecy, and non-consensual surgeries to thriving adulthoods. Actor and screenwriter River Gallo (they/them), political consultant Alicia Roth Weigel (she/they), and Ph.D. student Sean Saifa Wall (he/him) are now leaders in a fast-growing global movement advocating for greater understanding of the intersex community and an end to unnecessary surgeries. Woven into the story is a stranger-than-fiction case of medical abuse, featuring exclusive footage from the NBC News archives, which helps explain the modern-day treatment of intersex people.

    Learn more about the film at focusfeatures.com/every-body. 

  • January 18, 2024

    Join us on Sunday, February 25th at 4pm in Culver City for an exclusive screening of We Dare to Dream, followed by a live panel discussion hosted by the Los Angeles Film Club Committee. 

    Get your tickets now at www.hrw.org/LAFilmClub

    We Dare to Dream is the story of refugee athletes from Iran, Syria, South Sudan and Cameroon who swim, run and fight their way to opportunity and safety in host nations across the world. Spanning a breadth of backgrounds, personal stories and Olympic sports, the film reveals their lives and hopes as they train to compete on the world stage, showing the fire and the drive of young people forced to leave their families, homes and countries of birth to build new lives out of nothing.

    Culminating in their competition at the summer Olympics, their compatriots back home and their new communities in refugee camps watch as these determined young athletes fight for their place in the world. This is their story of heart in the face of adversity, and most of all, hope for a better life.

    Watch the trailer here

  • November 3, 2023

    Voices for Justice is an opportunity to come together, hear about our work, and add your voice to the millions of others defending human rights for all. It’s time for us to create the future we want to see.

    Join us on the evening of Tuesday, April 30, 2024, for our Voices for Justice Annual Celebration and hear from our Executive Director, Tirana Hassan. The event will take place at 6:30PM at The Beverly Hilton. 

    Tickets and table sponsorships are available here

  • May 4, 2023

    Join us on Sunday, May 21 at 4pm in Westwood to celebrate 10 years of the Los Angeles Film Club with an exclusive screening of The Territory, followed by a live panel discussion and reception hosted by the LA Film Club Committee. 

    The Territory provides an immersive on-the-ground look at the tireless fight of the Indigenous Uru-eu-wau-wau people against the encroaching deforestation brought by farmers and illegal settlers in the Brazilian Amazon. With awe-inspiring cinematography showcasing the titular landscape and richly textured sound design, the film takes audiences deep into the Uru-eu-wau-wau community and provides unprecedented access to the farmers and settlers illegally burning and clearing the protected Indigenous land.

    Space is limited, so get your tickets and sponsor the event now at https://HRW.org/LAFilmClub

  • February 24, 2023

    Join us on the evening of March 7 at the 186th session of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) for a panel discussion on Democratic Backsliding in Latin America. HRW's Americas Acting Director Tamara Taraciuk Broner will be joined by Tania Reneaum Panszi, Pedro Vaca Villarreal, and a former political prisoner from Nicaragua to discuss the human rights abuses and challenges to democracy that are currently taking place in Latin America. 

    The event will take place at 7PM on Tuesday, March 7, 2023, at the UCLA Luskin Conference Center. You can RSVP for the event here


  • August 24, 2022

    Join us on the evening of October 6th for our Voices for Justice Annual Celebration and become part of our global community dedicated to protecting and defending human rights. The event will take place at 6:30PM at The Beverly Hilton. 

    Our digital program is available to view here



  • May 26, 2022

    Join us Sunday, June 26 at 4pm PT for an exclusive screening of Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America, followed by a live panel discussion hosted by the Los Angeles Film Club Committee. 

    In Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America, Jeffery Robinson’s groundbreaking Town Hall on the history of U.S. anti-Black racism is interwoven with historical and present-day archival footage, Robinson’s personal story, and interview footage capturing meetings with Black change-makers and eyewitnesses of history. From a hanging tree in Charleston, South Carolina, to a walking tour of the origins of slavery in colonial New York, to the site of a 1947 lynching in rural Alabama, the film brings history to life, exploring the enduring legacy of white supremacy and our collective responsibility to overcome it. 

    Get your tickets and sponsor the event at https://HRW.org/LAFilmClub

  • September 29, 2020

    From October 2-4, join us for a special screening of Coded Bias, a film by Shalini Kantayya. On October 4, at 4pm PDT Shalini Kantayya will join HRW's senior researcher Amos Toh in a conversation moderated by Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble from UCLA.

    Get your tickets and sponsor the event at https://HRW.org/LAFilmClub

    "'Coded Bias' is an eye-opening and important film that calls attention to a movement of resistance led by badass female data scientists and grassroots organizations examining an important civil liberties matters." - The Film Stage

  • September 29, 2020

    The Los Angeles Film Club hosted its first virtual film club at the end of May with a special screening of Slay the Dragon. The panel included film subject Katie Fahey, Executive Director of The People, Jamal Watkins, Vice President of Civic Engagement at NAACP and Dreisen Heath, Advocacy Officer at HRW, and was moderated by Gerry Johnson, Senior Editor at Human Rights Watch. 

    More than 500 people watched the movie over the weekend, and we had 175+ people participate in the panel discussion.

  • June 26, 2019

    On June 2, the Film Club hosted its biggest event so far with about 350 people attending our screening of BELLINGCAT: TRUTH IN A POST-TRUTH WORLD at Universal Studios. The movie was followed by an inspiring conversation with Christiaan Tribert, Fred Abrahams and Emma Daly, and guests took part in a private studio tour on the Universal lot, paying special tribute to Sid Sheinberg. Pictures are available here.

  • March 8, 2019

    (Los Angeles, March 8, 2019) – Human Rights Watch mourns the death of our friend, supporter, and board member Sid Sheinberg, a legendary Hollywood executive who died at home on March 7 aged 84. Sheinberg and his wife Lorraine worked tirelessly for decades to support human rights and were instrumental in helping Human Rights Watch to establish work on the rights of women and LGBT people.

    Sheinberg, who joined the international board of Human Rights Watch in 1995 and acted as vice-chair for 13 years, was best known professionally for launching Steven Spielberg’s career – together they gave us JawsET and Schindler’s List.

    “Behind his sometimes gruff demeanor, Sid was an incredibly warm, empathetic and perceptive man,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. “He used his intelligence, his compassion, and his extraordinary network of contacts to help build Human Rights Watch into an international organization.”

    With his wife Lorraine, a noted women’s rights activist who starred in Jaws, Sheinberg helped to build up Human Rights Watch’s women’s rights division, now a thriving team working on women’s rights issues around the world. Sheinberg also helped to establish the Los Angeles committee, which builds support in Southern California for the organization and for human rights. His strong and consistent leadership helped to create a global network, with committees supporting Human Rights Watch in 22 cities worldwide today.

    “When Sid Sheinberg accepted our invitation to join the board of Human Rights Watch, he committed completely and forever – Sid had human rights in his DNA,” said Jane Olson, former chair of the Human Rights Watch board. “Trained as a lawyer, Sid sought justice in all matters, but he insisted on due process and fairness for everyone. His integrity and generosity became legend in the entertainment industry. Through his outreach and advocacy, Human Rights Watch was the beneficiary of that reputation.”

    In “City of Dreams,” his book on Universal, Bernard F Dick wrote that: “Sheinberg saw in Spielberg what he himself could never reveal publicly (and certainly not on the fifteenth floor of the Black Tower): a compassion for the stigmatized and misunderstood.” At Human Rights Watch, we saw Sheinberg’s compassion for the stigmatized in action – for example, in fundraising fiercely for the creation of an LGBT program.

    Sheinberg was widely recognized as an outspoken LGBT ally – in 1992, for example, as President and COO of MCA Inc, which included Universal, he made it the first company in Hollywood to recognize same-sex partners for benefits, and supported HIV-awareness campaigns in the early days of the AIDS crisis. The program he helped establish at Human Rights Watch now covers LGBT rights issues around the world.

    As well as being extraordinarily generous donors, the Sheinbergs were deeply committed in word and in action to the work of Human Rights Watch, participating in advocacy activities and missions around the world. Sheinberg’s presence on the board, as our longest-standing member, showed us how a clear voice from an influential perch can greatly advance social justice.

    He also believed strongly in investing in the next generation and pushed Human Rights Watch to think about educating students on human rights and recruiting young people to the cause. In Los Angeles he supported the Student Task Force, which empowers high-school students to become human rights activists by building campaigns and advocating around key issues.

    We will miss Sheinberg’s deep commitment to human rights, his sharp mind and his friendship – and his deep legacy propels us forward. We extend our gratitude to Sid and Lorraine Sheinberg for their lifelong support of human rights and we send our condolences to Lorraine, their sons Jon and Bill, and the entire Sheinberg family on the loss of a great man.

  • February 1, 2019

    On January 29, the Film Club hosted a special screening of TransMilitary followed by a panel with film subject and activist Laila Ireland, Dr. Maurice Garcia, and Kyle Knight, moderated by Martine McDonald. The event took place at United Talent Agency in Beverly Hills. Pictures from the evening are available on our Facebook page.

  • November 14, 2018

    On November 13, 2018, Human Rights Watch Los Angeles hosted their annual dinner at the Beverly Hilton. Close to 700 people celebrated human rights achievements of the past year and gave the Promise Award to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Mariska Hargitay for highlighting issues around violence against women and children, and advancing the national conversation around these topics in myriad positive ways. Academy-Award winner Allison Janney kindly joined as a special guest. The audience also enjoyed a performance by the City Angels Chorale. 

    The evening raised $1.7 million to support the important work of Human Rights Watch; we are grateful to all our supporters for their invaluable support.

    Pictures of the evening can be found on this online gallery.


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