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Mon Colonel

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Mon Colonel (New York Premiere)

Laurent Herbiet, Director; Costa-Gavras & Jean-Claude Grumberg, Screenplay; Michèle Ray-Gavras, Producer, France/Belgium, 2006, 110m, 35mm, drama

In French with English subtitles

“Today, in other countries the same horrors are still taking place, committed by the same ‘colonels’ and defenders of democracy as there were in France at that time.” – Costa-Gavras

The latest film from internationally acclaimed human rights filmmaker Costa-Gavras (Z, Missing, Amen) and director Laurent Herbiet, Mon Colonel is a gripping story of historical and political intrigue that echoes with the moral dilemmas of our times. After a retired colonel is assassinated, the army investigator receives a series of provocative messages from the killer. Included in each letter are passages from a young lieutenant’s Algerian war diary from the 1950’s that recount a brutal campaign of suppression and torture orchestrated by the colonel himself in the name of “a war on terror.” Mon Colonel is a compelling portrait of a military struggling to deal with a war they have not been trained to fight: a guerrilla war in which the opponent wears no uniform and melts away into the landscape to fight another day.

Benefit Screening & Reception

Thursday, June 14: 6:00pm

Benefit Tickets

From $250, seating is limited. Contact Tara Golden (212) 216-1881 for more information.

Opening Night

Fri June 15: 9



Marco Williams, USA, 2006, 86 min, video, doc

In English

In towns throughout the United States, in the years between the Civil War and the Great Depression, thousands of African American families were violently driven from their land by their white neighbors. The choice was simply get out or die. More than a century later these towns remain all white. Filmmaker Marco Williams (Two Towns of Jasper) brings this shameful legacy to light, as he investigates three such towns, addressing questions of racism, truth, and reparations. In Forsyth County, Georgia, he follows reporter Elliot Jaspin as he uncovers what happened to the property of African Americans who were driven out. In Pierce City, Missouri, two brothers try to persuade the town to relocate their ancestor’s remains to a more hospitable location. In Harrison, Arkansas—the current headquarters of the Ku Klux Klan—a group of white citizens try to find ways to overcome the town’s racist past, but, with no Blacks involved, how can they understand the damage done and what would constitute moral reparations? Many questions are raised in this powerful film, but Williams leaves it to the viewers—and the American people as a nation—to come up with answers that respond to this overwhelming historical American tragedy. *Nominee, Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival 2007 Banished opens at Film Forum this fall.


Thurs June 21: 6:30

Independents Night presents this special screening in association with HRWIFF. Independents Night is devoted to American documentaries and their makers, showcasing this rich genre every other month at the Walter Reade Theater.

Carla’s List

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Carla’s List (New York Premiere)

Marcel Schüpbach, Switzerland, 2006, 100m, 35mm, doc

In French and English with English subtitles

Filmmaker Marcel Schüpbach was given unprecedented access behind the scenes of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. In an atmosphere of high tension, where everything plays out like a poker game, prosecutor Carla Del Ponte and her team relentlessly pursue notorious perpetrators of crimes against humanity, such as Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic, still at large. Both Serbia and Croatia —as well as the International Community—pledge total cooperation in helping locate the suspects, but this does not seem to produce any concrete results. And time is running out: in September 2007, Del Ponte’s appointment as prosecutor ends. Moving between The Hague, New York, Zagreb, and Washington, Carla’s List vividly brings to life Del Ponte’s dogged race against the clock in pursuit of justice.


Mon June 18: 1
Tues June 19: 6:30 *
Wed June 20: 8:45

*Special Guest – Carla Del Ponte in conversation with Richard Dicker,
Director, International Justice Program, Human Rights Watch
Reception to follow

The City of Photographers

The City of Photographers (New York Premiere)

Sebastián Moreno Mardones, Chile, 2006, 80m, video, doc

In Spanish with English subtitles

During Pinochet’s long regime, a motley crew of photojournalists shot and framed Chile’s people and turmoil from many points of view. In the streets, in the middle of bloody riots and protests, these fearless photographers learned their craft and created many of the now legendary images which helped focus world attention on the Pinochet regime’s repressive tactics. For them, taking pictures was a form of involvement, even resistance, a way of being more than mere spectators but vital actors. Pinochet had the power and the guns, but these photographers had the camera—the people’s weapon. They lived dangerously and they lived to tell. This is their story.


Fri June 15: 1:30
Tues June 19: 9:15
Wed June 20: 4
Fri June 22: 9

Presented in association with Cinema Tropical,, El Museo del Barrio, and the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center,


Cocalero (New York Premiere)

Alejandro Landes, Argentina, 2007, 94m, 35mm, doc

In Spanish and Quechua with English subtitles

Cocalero is a film about controversial Bolivian president Evo Morales and his rise to prominence. The story follows the presidential campaign of Morales as he moves from union meetings in the Andes and Amazon to formal fundraising dinners and mass rallies in cities. The political rise of Morales, an outspoken critic of the United States whose political power base is in the coca-growing areas of central Bolivia, dates to his work with farmers resisting a coca eradication drive prompted by the US-backed war on drugs. In 2005 Morales, of Aymara Indian heritage, was elected as Bolivia’s first-ever indigenous president, winning the election by the largest majority in the country’s history. *Nominee, Grand Jury Prize, World Cinema, Sundance Film Festival 2007


Fri June 22: 1:30
Sat June 23: 6:30
Sun June 24: 8:30

Presented in association with Cinema Tropical, and King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center,

The Devil Came on Horseback

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The Devil Came on Horseback

Annie Sundberg, Ricki Stern, 2006, USA/Chad, 85m, video, doc

Unwilling to accept a desk job but desirous of “serving his country,” Marine Captain Brian Steidle quits his job with the US Marine Corps and accepts a six-month post with the African Union as an unarmed military observer in the western Darfur region of Sudan. Soon after arriving in Darfur, however, Steidle realizes that things are going terribly wrong in this huge, remote province bordering Chad. Unable to intervene, Steidle uses his camera to document what some, including the US Government, have called a genocide—and which without doubt has involved what international law calls “crimes against humanity and war crimes” on a massive scale—the conflict in Darfur that has claimed at least 200,000 lives and displaced 2.5 million people since early 2003. Filmmakers Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern’s astonishing film allows us to witness Steidle’s transformation from soldier to observer to witness and, finally, to activist. Steidle’s journey becomes ours as the more than 1,000 photographs he took become evidence of a crisis that cannot be denied.


Wed June 27: 4
Thurs June 28: 6:30

Election Day

Election Day (New York Premiere)

Katy Chevigny, USA, 2007, 84m, video, doc

In English

Ambitious in scope and emotionally resonant, filmmaker Katy Chevigny’s (Deadline) latest film, Election Day, crisscrosses a large swathe of the US, from the plains of South Dakota to the muggy Florida panhandle, to tell the remarkable story of twelve Americans determined to make their votes, and the votes of others, count on election day 2004. In Shaker Heights, Ohio, a woman waits on line for hours in the rain with her infant child, only to discover her name is not on the voter list and she must travel to another polling place to vote. In New York City, a 50-year-old ex-felon is able to vote for the first time, but will his affidavit ballot be counted? Meanwhile, in Stockholm Wisconsin, community members register on the spot, vote with paper and pencil, and know each other by first name. With the next presidential election race already in full swing, Election Day is a call to action for all who value their right to vote. *Official Selection, South by Southwest Film Festival 2007, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2007


Wed June 27: 1:30
Wed June 27: 6:30
Thurs June 28: 9

Presented in association with the Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival, and the Media That Matters Film Festival,

Enemies of Happiness

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Enemies of Happiness (New York Premiere)

Eva Mulvad, Director; Anja Al-Erhayem, Co-Director, Denmark, 2006, 58m, video, doc

In English, Farsi and Pashto with English subtitles

Enemies of Happiness is a film about personal courage and conviction. It centers on Malalai Joya, who became one of Afghanistan’s most famous and infamous women in 2003 when she challenged the power of warlords in the country’s new government. Two years later, the 28-year-old ran in her country’s first democratic parliamentary election in over 30 years. A survivor of repeated assassination attempts, she campaigned surrounded by armed guards. How do you introduce democracy in a country where a majority of the people are illiterate, votes are for sale, and warlords use threats and bribes to control the ballots, and many women cannot leave their children to vote? As the film eloquently illustrates, it takes more than Western soldiers and diplomats. Joya is a controversial voice for a nation ruined by war, still ruled by fear, but desperate for a change for the better. * Winner of the 2007 HRWIFF Nestor Almendros Prize and Sundance Film Festival, World Cinema Prize: Documentary

Presented in association with the Tribeca Film Festival,

See Enemies of Happiness featured on PBS's NOW

Preceded by

Sari’s Mother

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Sari’s Mother (New York Premiere)

James Longley, USA, 2006, 21m, 35mm, doc

In Arabic with English subtitles

In Sari’s Mother, filmed in Iraq over a period of one year, filmmaker James Longley (Gaza Strip; Iraq in Fragments) follows a courageous mother as she struggles to get proper medical help for her 10-year-old son, Sari, who is dying of AIDS. An intimate, revealing portrait, uncovering a side of life in Iraq that few outside the country have witnessed. *Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2006


Sat June 16: 3:30
Sun June 17: 6:15
Mon June 18: 4

Everything’s Cool

Everything’s Cool

Daniel B. Gold, Judith Helfand, USA, 2006, 100m, video, doc

In English

In their signature comedically insightful style, veteran filmmakers Daniel Gold and Judith Helfand (Blue Vinyl) weave an absorbing, character-driven, behind-the-scenes tale about the world’s ‘big problem’: global warming. In this new self-described “toxic comedy,’ Everything’s Cool, they chronicle the struggle between two groups of global warming messengers: the "good guys"—which include a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who repeatedly tries to retire but can't; the Weather Channel's first climatologist with a "global-warming beat" who must pack her Ph.D. into 30-second sound bites—and the "bad guys," mostly industry-sponsored hacks who have until now derailed media and public attention and paralyzed the nation with their manufactured doubt. As much about messaging as it is about the messengers, as much about human nature as it is about humans' impact on nature, filmmakers’ Gold and Helfand explore what it will take to move the US from laggard nation to world leader on global warming. *Nominee, Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival 2007


Sun June 17: 3:30

Hot House

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Hot House (New York Premiere)

Shimon Dotan, Israel, 2006, 89m, video, doc

In Hebrew, English and Arabic with English subtitles

About nine thousand Palestinians are imprisoned in Israeli jails on "security" charges. For most Israelis they are assassins and criminals. For most Palestinians they are heroes and freedom fighters. Shot inside the Ber Sheba, Ashkelon, Hadarim, and Megiddo prisons, Hot House is a unique, probing documentary-feature that explores the emergence of a Palestinian national leadership within Israeli prisons. The film offers a rare look at the experiences, motivations, and mindsets of a number of key inmates, men and women, from Fatah and Hamas, serving multiple life sentences and the remarkable degree to which they influence the political process in the outside world. Hot House provides a unique opportunity to observe events of historic proportions at their nascent beginnings while shattering the two-dimensional stereotypes and the often polarizing commentary presented by the mainstream media on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. *Winner of the Special Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival 2007. Hothouse will premiere on Cinemax on June 27th.


Mon June 25: 6:30
Tues June 26: 1:30
Tues June 26: 9

Presented in association with Makor/Steinhardt Center of the 92nd Street Y, and The Frontline Club,

A Lesson of Belarusian

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A Lesson of Belarusian (New York Premiere)

Miroslaw Dembinski, Poland/Belarus, 2006, 51m, video, doc

In Polish and Belarusian with English subtitles

A Lesson of Belarusian is about young activists who never give up believing that Belarus will one day be free. Franek Viacorka studies at an elite school established by his father to promote the Belarusian language. However, the school has been banned and operating underground since 2003, a victim of the anti-democratic rule of President Alexander Lukashenko. Franek and his classmates are both passionate and thoughtful, expressing their critical attitude to the government by issuing an underground newspaper, recording music with activist lyrics, and organizing an opposition concert. Despite the imprisonment of Franek’s father and the constant threat of their own arrest, they are undeterred. In the March 2006 presidential election, they support the democratic opposition candidate in a mass demonstration in Minsk’s main square. While the candidate is powerless to combat Lukashenko’s corruption and use of riot police, Franek and his classmates realize that fearlessness is a victory in itself.

Presented in association with WITNESS, celebrating their 15th Anniversary year.

Preceded by two short films:


Pizza Surveillance Feature

Micah Laaker, Director; American Civil Liberties Union, Producer, USA, 2005, 3m, video, drama

In English

Want some privacy infringement with that? If the Patriot Act continues to grow in scope, you may get more than mushrooms with your next pizza order.


Virtual Freedom

Virtual Freedom (North American Premiere)

Gef Senz and Maung Maung Aye, Australia, 2006, 5m, video, doc

In English

Animation, exile and the internet – a Burmese love story online.


Sat June 23: 1:30
Mon June 25: 4
Tues June 26: 6:30
Thurs June 28: 1:30


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Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt and Nelson Walker III, Directors; Louis Abelman and Lynn True, Co-Directors, Democratic Republic of Congo/USA, 2007, 72m, video, doc

In Swahili, French and English with English subtitles

The agonies of war-torn Africa are deeply etched in the bodies of women. In eastern Congo, vying militias, armies, and bandits use rape as a weapon of terror. Recently engaged to a young man from her village, 20-year-old Lumo Sinai can’t wait to have children and start a family. But when she crosses paths with marauding soldiers who brutally attack her, she is left with a fistula— a condition that renders her incontinent and threatens her ability to give birth. Rejected by her fiancé and cast aside by her family, Lumo finds her way to the one place that may save her, a hospital for rape survivors. Buoyed by the love of the hospital staff, including a formidable team of wise women known to all as “the Mamas,” Lumo and her friends keep alive the hope of one day resuming their former lives, thanks to an operation that can restore them fully to health. A feisty young woman with a red comb perpetually jutting from her hair, Lumo faces the challenge of recovery with remarkable courage. As she and her friends recover from surgery, they pass the days by gossiping and sharing their dreams of one day finding love. But when it looks like her operation may have failed, Lumo’s faith is thrown entirely into question. On this uncertain road to recovery, Lumo proves that the solidarity of women can bind even the most irreparable of wounds. Lumo premieres on PBS on September 18, 2007 at 10 PM EST.


Wed June 20: 6:30 *
Thurs June 21: 1:30
Sun June 24: 3:30

*Special screening to celebrate American Documentary | P.O.V.’s 20th Anniversary year. Presented in association with African Film Festival, Inc., American Documentary | P.O.V., and the New York office of World Vision,

Manufactured Landscapes

Manufactured Landscapes (New York Premiere)

Jennifer Baichwal, Canada, 2005, 87m, 35mm, doc

In English

Manufactured Landscapes is both a stunning portrait of Edward Burtynsky, internationally celebrated photographer who specializes in large-scale studies of industrial vistas, and an exploration of the aesthetics and social and spiritual dimensions of globalization around the world today. Acclaimed filmmaker, Jennifer Baichwal (Let it Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles; The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams’ Appalachia) follows Burtynsky to China and to Bangladesh, where he captures the effects of the massive industrial revolution those countries currently are undergoing. Baichwal focuses on the human cogs in the machine, contrasting Burtynsky's epic photographs with the tedium the workers endure and the sometimes toxic and alienating impact of globalization on the very people the transformations are supposed to benefit most. Beautifully shot and edited, and conceived with a startling awareness of the repercussions of our mania to control and repackage our environment, Manufactured Landscapes is a truly unsettling look at contemporary existence. *Winner Best Canadian Feature, Toronto International Film Festival.
Manufactured Landscapes premieres theatrically at Film Forum on June 20


Sat June 16: 6:15

New Visions from the Muslim World

New Visions

A Sundance Documentary Film Program "Work-in-Progress" Screening

The Human Rights Watch International Film Festival is proud to present the first in an ongoing collaboration with the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program (DFP) - a special event showcasing scenes from two much-anticipated films supported by the DFP that explore the question of faith and the Muslim experience today.

The filmmaking teams will present segments from their films followed by a discussion of many of the issues surrounding their controversial works, as well as experiences and insights into collaborative filmmaking. Joining them in this discussion will be Cara Mertes (director, DFP) and Bruni Burres (director, HRWIFF).

From director Parvez Sharma (in his debut documentary feature film) comes A Jihad for Love. He and producer Sandi Simcha DuBowski will discuss the complexities of making a documentary filmed in twelve different countries and in nine languages, which is the first-ever feature-length documentary to explore the complex global intersections of Islam and homosexuality. (DuBowski directed Trembling Before G-d, featured on Closing Night, HRWIFF 2001).

From directors Senain Kheshgi and Geeta V. Patel comes Project Kashmir - a feature documentary in which the directors, two American friends from opposite sides of the divide, investigate the war in Kashmir and find their friendship tested over deeply rooted religious biases they never had to face in the US. Project Kashmir explores war between countries and war within oneself by delving into the fraught lives of young people caught in the social/political conflict of one of the most beautiful, and most deadly, places on earth - Kashmir.


Sat June 16: 8:45

The Railroad All-Stars

The Railroad All-Stars (New York Premiere)

Chema Rodriguez, Spain, 2006, 90m, 35mm, doc

In Spanish with English subtitles

Exhilarating, endearing, and often deeply humorous, The Railroad All-Stars features Valeria, Vilma, and Mercy, three prostitutes in search of a better life. The women live and work in La Linea, a destitute neighborhood next to a railroad track in Guatemala City. Fed up with the abuse they get from customers, lovers, and the police, they decide to take matters into their own hands and form a soccer team, “Las Estrellas de la Linea,” in hopes of bringing attention to their plight. After the first game against a local high school team, Las Estrellas are banned from future competitions on account of their profession; however, this controversy brings enormous media attention—precisely what the women were hoping for. Filmmaker Chema Rodriguez exhibits a strong bond with his characters, drawing out their exuberance and inspiring strength as they fight for their most basic human rights and a better life through the most unusual of channels—soccer.


Fri June 15: 4
Sun June 17: 8:45
Mon June 18: 6:30
Tues June 19: 1:30

Presented in association with Cinema Tropical,, King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, and NewFest: The New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Film Festival,

Strange Culture

Strange Culture (New York Premiere)

Lynn Hershman Leeson, USA, 2007, 76m, video, doc

In English

Strange Culture chronicles the breathtaking miscarriage of justice that has befallen Steve Kurtz, a college professor, artist, and member of the politically charged art and theater collective Critical Art Ensemble. In 2004 as Kurtz was preparing an interactive exhibition for the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art that would have allowed participants to test food labeled “organic” for the presence of genetically modified organisms, his wife tragically died from heart failure. Distraught, Kurtz called 911, but when the police arrived and saw the scientific materials for the exhibition-all legally purchased-they called the FBI. Dozens of agents in haz-mat suits searched his home, impounded his computers, books, cat, and even his wife's body, and held Kurtz as a suspected bio-terrorist. Three years later, he faces up to 20 years in prison on mail and wire fraud charges relating to his acquisition of materials for the art exhibit. Filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson creatively enlists actors Thomas Jay Ryan, Tilda Swinton, Josh Kornbluth, and Peter Coyote to dramatize part of the story that Kurtz cannot legally discuss, while skillfully interweaving news footage, animation, testimonials, and footage of Kurtz himself-creating a fascinating, highly provocative documentary about post-9/11 paranoia and the risks artists face when their work questions government policies. *Official Selection, Berlin International Film Festival 2007


Fri June 15: 6:30
Mon June 18: 9
Tues June 19: 4

Suffering and Smiling

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Suffering and Smiling (New York Premiere)

Dan Ollman, Nigeria/US, 2007, 65m, video, doc

In English and Yoruba with English subtitles

Focusing on the legendary African singer and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti and his son Femi, Suffering and Smiling depicts the impact of their politically charged music. Following Nigeria’s independence in 1960, Fela used his songs to speak out against the country’s corrupt leaders. Since independence the military and political elite have enriched themselves by allowing Nigeria’s oil and natural resources to be stripped by multinational corporations with little benefit to ordinary Nigerians. Fela gave voice to Nigeria’s disenfranchised underclass and sang of a free and united Africa. Upon his death in 1997, Femi has continued his father’s legacy. Equally passionate and charismatic, he sings about the dire situation in his country, asks why the world’s most resource-rich continent has the poorest people, and struggles to maintain a vision of better days ahead for the common people of Nigeria.


Wed June 20: 2
Fri June 22: 4
Sat June 23: 9
Sun June 24: 1:30

Presented in association with Film Aid,

The Unforeseen

The Unforeseen

Laura Dunn, USA, 2007, 93m, video, doc

In English

Laura Dunn’s beautifully crafted documentary, (Executive Producers Terrence Malick and Robert Redford), The Unforeseen, follows the career of Gary Bradley, an ambitious west Texas farm boy who went to Austin and became one of the state’s most powerful real estate developers, capitalizing on Austin’s boomtown growth beginning in the 1970s. At the peak of his powers, Bradley transformed 4000 acres of pristine Hill Country into one of the state's largest and fastest-selling subdivisions. When the development threatened a local treasure, “Barton Springs”—a natural spring-fed swimming hole—the community fought back and the subdivision became a lightning rod for environmental activism of the kind that flourished under Governor Ann Richards. However, when George W. Bush became governor, development laws change, and the water quality at Barton Springs, as well as the surrounding landscape of Austin, was irreversibly altered. The Unforeseen 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. It is an intricate tale of personal hopes, victories, and failures, and debates over land, economics, property rights, and the public good.


Sat June 23: 4
Sun June 24: 6
Mon June 25: 1:30

Presented in association with Film Comment,

See The Unforeseen featured on PBS's NOW

El Violin

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The Violin (New York Premiere)

Francisco Vargas Quevedo, Mexico, 2006, 98m, 35mm, drama

In Spanish with English subtitles

Don Plutarco, his son Genaro, and his grandson Lucio live double lives: They are musicians and humble farmers, but also support an armed guerrilla movement seeking social justice for the peasant farmers. When the army seizes the village, the rebels flee to the Sierra hills, forced to leave behind their crucial stock of ammunition. While the guerillas organize a counter-attack, Plutarco executes his own secret plan. Hoping to gain access to his corn field where the ammunition is hidden, he presents himself as a harmless violin player to the military occupying the village. In a stroke of luck, his playing charms the ruthless army captain, who confiscates the violin and orders Plutarco to return daily to play. Plutarco has music, but needs ammunition. The captain wants to stifle the rebellion, but loves music. As the days pass, arms and music enter a dangerous contest that can only end in betrayal. The Violin, a Film Movement release, opens at Film Forum on December 5, 2007.


Sat June 16: 1
Sun June 17: 1

Presented in association with Cinema Tropical, and King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center,

We’ll Never Meet Childhood Again

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We’ll Never Meet Childhood Again (North American Premiere)

Sam Lawlor and Lindsay Pollock, Romania/UK, 2007, 75m, video, doc

In Romanian and English with English subtitles

We’ll Never Meet Childhood Again tells the remarkable, uplifting story of a courageous group of Romanian foster parents who adopted the children referred to as “Ceaucescu’s babies”— infants infected with HIV in Romanian hospitals and orphanages during the late 1980s, then left there to die. Health Aid Romania (a nongovernmental organization) established family homes to care for these children, unaware that over time the caregivers would become parents to those children who survived this turbulent period. The film charts these makeshift families’ extraordinary experiences over almost 17 years—through striking oral testimony, candid home video, and revealing observational sequences. We’ll Never Meet Childhood Again beautifully illuminates notions of family, parenthood, death and love—and reveals the societal hurdles and concerns of the children—now adolescents—as they arrive at the time when every child must mature, form their own identity and sexuality, outgrow their family, and aspire to create their own life and, possibly, their own family.


Mon June 25: 9
Tues June 26: 4
Wed June 27: 9
Thurs June 28: 4

White Light/Black Rain

White Light/Black Rain (New York Premiere)

Steven Okazaki, USA, 2007, 86m, video, doc

In English, Japanese and Korean with English subtitles

As global tensions rise, the unthinkable now seems possible. The threat that nuclear “weapons of mass destruction” will be used is more real and more frightening than at any time since the height of the Cold War, perhaps since 1945. White Light/Black Rain, an extraordinary new film by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki, puts a human face on what we’re really talking about. Even after 60 years, the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki continue to inspire argument, denial, and myth. Surprisingly, most people know very little about what happened on August 6 and 9, 1945, two days that changed the world. Featuring unforgettable interviews with fourteen atomic bomb survivors, many of whom have never spoken publicly before, and four Americans intimately involved in the bombings, the film reveals both unimaginable suffering and extraordinary human resilience. These indelible accounts are illustrated with survivor paintings and drawings, and historical footage and photographs, including newly uncovered material. White Light/Black Rain stands as a powerful warning to today’s world—which harbors nuclear weapons with the firepower of 400,000 Hiroshimas—that we cannot afford to forget what happened on those two days in 1945. This HBO documentary film will premiere on HBO on August 6th.


Thurs June 21: 4 & 9
Friday June 22: 6:30

Presented in association with Asian CineVision,

Tim Hetherington image

Chadian soldiers patrol the border with Darfur, Sudan.
© 2006 Tim Hetherington


On the Frontlines

On Exhibit at the Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery at the Walter Reade Theater June 14-28, 2007

For nearly 30 years, Human Rights Watch has been on the frontlines of the struggle to defend the human rights of people around the world. We conduct on-site investigations of human rights abuses in some 70 countries worldwide and publish our findings in reports that are known for uncompromising accuracy. We use these reports in high-level policy discussions and in the media to shape the public agenda, shame abusers, and press for change.

Human Rights Watch relies on the power of the media to amplify and project our findings to the widest possible audience. Now, we are making a concerted effort to join forces with some of the most respected and experienced photojournalists in the world in order to broaden the reach and impact of our information. We partnered with Susan Meiselas to expose the heartbreaking stories of domestic migrant workers in Asia. Tim Hetherington and Kadir van Lohuizen joined Human Rights Watch investigators to help document the spillover of violence from the conflict in Darfur, Sudan, across the border into Chad. Marcus Bleasdale continued to collaborate with Human RightsWatch in Congo, exposing the link between natural resource exploitation and widespread human rights abuse. Robert Nickelsberg joined Human Rights Watch on assignment in Indian Kashmir to reveal the plight of civilians trapped between abusive Indian government forces and armed militant groups backed by the Pakistani government. Abbas documented the abusive conditions faced by construction workers building glittering skyscrapers in the United Arab Emirates. Alan Chin photographed former Wal-Mart workers interviewed for our report, Discounting Rights. The visual work of these photojournalists helped to reveal the human faces behind our reporting and joined our research and advocacy on the web and in hard copy, in public outreach events, and in journalistic publications and broadcast media worldwide. Together, we will continue to work on the frontlines of the human rights struggle so that no government can say "it never happened" or "we didn't know."

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