Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2013
The Human Rights Watch Film Festival bears witness to human rights violations and creates a forum for individuals on both sides of the lens to empower audiences with the knowledge that personal commitment can make a difference. The film festival brings human rights abuses to life through storytelling in a way that challenges each individual to empathise and demand justice for all.
Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organisations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, they give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes.
15 March 2013
Rafea is a Bedouin woman who lives with her daughters in one of Jordan’s poorest desert villages on the Iraqi border. When she is selected for a programme to train to become a solar engineer, will she be able to rewire the traditions of the Bedouin community that stand in her way?
17 March 2013
Going Up the Stairs is a charming portrait of an artist and an enlightening glimpse inside a traditional Iranian marriage. Camera/Woman looks at the competing forces at play in the lives of women in Morocco and beyond, followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.
20 March 2013
Award-winning activist and documentarian Anand Patwardhan focuses his keen lens on the abuses committed against India’s Dalits in this 14 years in the making documentary, incorporating their voice through their resistance music and poetry.
21 March 2013
Srdjan Dragojevic’s drama The Parade takes a comedic look at Serbia through the lens of one group’s fight to hold a Gay Pride parade in Belgrade. Followed by a discussion with Boris Dittrich, Advocacy Director, LGBT program at Human Rights Watch.