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Human Rights Watch International Film Festival
Case Studies

The document below discusses select case studies of the social and political impact of recent HRWIFF entries. For example, from the 2005 festival, there is State of Fear. State of Fear, Pamela Yates, Paco de Onis and Peter Kinoy's examination of Peru's brutal "war on terror," opened the 2005 edition of the festival and most recently was awarded the prestigious Overseas Press Club of America award for best reporting in any medium about Latin America (2007). The film has been translated into 48 languages and was broadcast in 157 countries by National Geographic Channels International. To read more about State of Fear and other films, download the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival - Case Studies PDF (10 pages, 82 kb)



In May 2004, First Run Features and Human Rights Watch launched a collaboration to bring films dealing with human rights issues to a wider audience. The Human Rights Watch International Film Festival will annually endorse selected First Run titles that shed light on human rights abuses throughout the world.

First Run Features and Human Rights Watch have long shared a philosophy that film has a unique ability to engage, inform and make a difference. For 25 years, First Run Features has brought films dealing with political, social and humanitarian issues to a wide and diverse audience. Similarly, since the inception of its International Film Festival in 1988, Human Rights Watch has embraced the power of film to influence public opinion and international policy.

To learn more about our collaboration with First Run Features, visit http://firstrunfeatures.com/hrw1.html



Human Rights Watch Selects

  • La Sierra
  • S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine

  • Silent Waters

  • Dangerous Living
  • Devil's Miner

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