(London) – The Human Rights Watch Film Festival will be presented in London from 6 to 17 March, 2017, featuring 16 award-winning international documentary feature films that grapple with the challenges of defending human rights around the world today. Audiences will also have an opportunity to watch selected festival titles online thanks to the continuing partnership with MUBI.
“In an era of global advances by far-right forces into the political mainstream, it’s more urgent than ever for the program to highlight individuals and groups exhibiting courageous resilience in challenging times”, said John Biaggi, creative director of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. “Whether it’s Chinese migrant workers, a teenager from Hong Kong, internet sleuths, the indigenous Mayan population in Guatemala, elderly women revealing historic sexual exploitation, a female squash player from Pakistan or ‘the Egyptian Jon Stewart’, I am proud that more than half this year’s program celebrates collective action and revolutionary voices, and tells of activists’ triumph over oppression.”
“Over the past 20 years the Festival has featured virtually the entire body of work by the distinguished filmmaker Raoul Peck and it’s a great pleasure to announce that the Opening Night film is his latest, the Oscar-nominated I Am Not Your Negro,” Biaggi added. “Three festival titles – including our closing night film, the 2016 IDFA winner for Best Documentary Nowhere to Hide – explore the reality of life for people seeking refuge from conflict and terror. I am delighted that 7 out of the 16 films screening this year are made by women, and that Maria Toorpakai, who became Pakistan’s finest woman squash player despite Taliban death threats, will attend the screening of Girl Unbound.”
The Human Rights Watch fundraising benefit gala on March 6 at the British Museum will shine a timely light on the integrity of journalism with the award-winning filmmaker Fred Peabody’s All Governments Lie, followed by an on-stage discussion. Peabody explores the life and legacy of the godfather of independent journalism, I.F. Stone, and examines how Stone’s successors – among them the filmmaker Michael Moore, Democracy Now founder Amy Goodman, The Intercept founders Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill, and Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone – are exposing government and corporate deception, just as Stone did decades ago.
Tickets go on sale on Friday, 10 February 2017