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The Oath, Dir  Laura Poitras, 2010

Human Rights Watch 2011

25 Mar 201131 Mar 2011

This year's festival spotlights the impact of media, in all its forms, on human rights and its influence on filmmaking itself.

Two films in the programme illustrate how an archive of film and video and an individual filmmaker’s long term relationship with a topic can shape not only the course of events in a human rights investigation but the interpretation of an entire collective history. Pamela Yates’s Granito focuses on the evidentiary importance of her 30-year old film outtakes in building a case of genocide against Guatemala’s former president and Lynn Hershman’s !WAR represents a film project 40 years in the making that explores the struggle for women’s equality in the art world.

Ali Samadi Ahadi’s The Green Wave highlights the harnessing of new media by utilizing images from mobile phones and animated versions of web postings to recount events following Iran’s 2009 elections. And the reframing of government-produced media adds a final twist to the theme of the power of media. Hollman Morris and Juan José Lozano’s Impunity skillfully incorporates the Colombian government’s use of video conferencing as a tool in the demilitarisation hearings there. By using all these forms of media, human rights filmmakers are increasing their impact, advancing the art of filmmaking and bringing human rights stories to a broader audience.

  • Granito, Dir Pamela Yates, 2011

    Granito + Q&A

    25 Mar 2011

    Part political thriller, part memoir, Granito takes us through a haunting tale of genocide and justice that spans four decades and two films.

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  • Youth Producing Change + Q&A

    26 Mar 2011

    Teen filmmakers turn the camera on their own struggles for human rights and invite audiences to experience the world as they do.

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  • The Oath, Dir  Laura Poitras, 2010

    The Oath + Q&A

    26 Mar 2011

    The Oath is the interlocking drama of two brothers-in-law, Abu Jandal and Salim Hamdan, whose associations with al-Qaeda in the 1990s propelled them onto divergent paths.

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  • The Green Wave, Dir Ali Samadi Ahadi, 2010

    The Green Wave + Q&A

    27 Mar 2011

    The Green Wave recounts the dramatic events of Iran's recent domestic crisis, from the widespread hope of political change through to the brutal suppression of mass protests.

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  • When We Leave + Q&A

    27 Mar 2011

    No longer able to stand her husband's ill-treatment, Umay flees from Istanbul with her five-year-old son Cem to seek shelter in the arms of her family in Berlin.

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  • The Guerilla Girls

    !WAR: Women, Art, Revolution – A Secret History + Q&A

    30 Mar 2011

    Forty years in the making, !WAR is artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman’s remarkable tribute to the feminist art movement.

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  • 12 Angry Lebanese, Dir Zeina Daccache, 2009

    12 Angry Lebanese: The Documentary

    30 Mar 2011

    In Lebanon's largest prison, inmates stage a version of Reginald Rose’s play 12 Angry Men which reveals the tremendous dignity and despair of the prisoners.

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  • Impunity, Dirs Hollman Morris / Juan José Lozano, 2010

    Impunity + Q&A

    31 Mar 2011

    What is the cost of truth for families immobilized by Colombia’s violent past?

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  • Illegal, Dir Olivier Masset-Depasse, 2010

    Illegal

    31 Mar 2011

    Based on actual events, Olivier Masset-Depasse's award-winning film vividly depicts the harsh reality for those retained in Belgium's detention centres.

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