The Human Rights Watch Film Festival, now in its 33rd year, will present a full edition of 10 groundbreaking new films, available both in-person and online nationwide in the U.S., from May 20 to 26, 2022. For the first time in two years, the New York festival will be back with a full program of in-person screenings at Film at Lincoln Center and IFC Center, with in-depth discussions with filmmakers, film participants, activists and Human Rights Watch researchers. The festival will continue to offer the opportunity to watch all 10 new films online across the U.S. with a full digital edition of the film festival.
This year’s edition highlights activism and features courageous individuals around the world standing up to powerful forces and demanding change. John Biaggi, Director of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, said, “We are thrilled to be back in theaters after two years away, bringing our audience a full slate of powerful films tackling urgent human rights issues including China, Russia, the climate crisis and reproductive rights.”
Friday, May 20
Walter Reade Theater
All films will screen in-person and digitally nationwide. Click here for digital screenings.
U.S. Premiere | Opening Night | Q&A on May 20Rebellion brings viewers behind-the-scenes with Extinction Rebellion (XR), as the group confronts the climate emergency – reminding the world there is no time to wait.
World Premiere | Q&As on May 21 & 22Clarissa’s Battle offers an insight into an erupting movement, as communities across the country follow Clarissa’s successes, setbacks and indomitable resilience.
New York Premiere | Q&A on May 22Bobby, Tata and Nieves – a charismatic lawyer, a former illegal logger and a fearless politician – are three magnetic leaders fighting to stop corporations and governments seeking to plunder increasingly valuable natural resources.
U.S. Premiere | Q&A on May 23Combining present-day footage with 3D animation inspired by Daxiong’s art, Eternal Spring retraces the event on the 20th anniversary of when the outlawed spiritual group Falun Gong hijacked a state TV station in China, and brings to life an unprecedented story of defiance, harrowing eyewitness accounts of persecution, and an exhilarating tale of determination to speak up for political and religious freedoms, no matter the cost.
New York Premiere | Q&A on May 21Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing’s remarkable feature debut was filmed over five turbulent years in Myanmar, shining a spotlight on these courageous women who unite to bring forth life, despite the risks and challenges of their own, offering a rare insight into the complex reality of Myanmar and its people.
World Premiere | Q&A on May 24With hidden camera footage, and an intimate relationship with the protagonists, the director, Anna Shishova, shows the complete repression of present-day Russia, and how young, free-thinking people, are seen as a threat to the government.
New York Premiere | Q&A on May 24As a young man, celebrated Nigerian director Ike Nnaebue left Nigeria taking the route via Benin, Mali, and Mauritania to Morocco where he was forced to turn back, unable to reach Europe. In his first documentary, No U-Turn, he retraces the life-changing journey he made over 20 years ago.
World Premiere | Q&A on May 25Northern Iraq’s first lingerie store not only sells underwear, but also acts as a meeting place where women connect to their bodies and sensuality after overcoming the traumas of oppression, war, and conservative morality.
New York Premiere | Q&As on May 23 & 25This nuanced drama shows what happens when society fails to protect a child, and how discrimination, poverty, and abuse facing young people can allow radicalization to plant roots and grow, with devastating impact on the wider community.
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Virtual tickets can be purchased online for each film for $9 for General Public and $6 Members, or a digital festival pass that will provide access to all 10 films online can be purchased for $70. Further discount information available on ff.hrw.org. The full festival will be available to rent on the festival streaming site from May 20, 9am EDT until 11:59pm PST May 26, 2022. Please visit ff.hrw.org for details and accessibility options for each digital presentation.
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