The Unravelling: Human Rights Reporting and Digital Storytelling

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival is now underway at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The festival is a celebration of filmmakers who use their work to fight oppression and inspire audiences to create change in the world, and was recently praised by Stephen Holden of The New York Times, who made an argument for it's being “New York's most important annual film series.”

The festival already enjoyed a successful run in London, which resulted in video and audio interviews with the filmmakers that give some background about their work. You can also read Film Comment magazine's interviews with four directors from this year's lineup and listen to podcast interviews with several more at the festival website.

The Guardian made this moving short film based around the masterclass The Unravelling: Human Rights Reporting and Digital Storytelling, which will be presented here on June 18:

One of the themes of this year’s festival is the impact of music in shaping and sustaining human identity. SOAS Radio, based at the University of London, interviewed several Human Rights Watch Film Festival directors for their special segment “Behind the Music.” Listen below:

Beats of the Antonov

The Dream of Shahrazad