The 18th Human Rights Watch International Film Festival in New York CIty will open on June 15, 2007 with Lynn Hershman Leeson’s Sundance ’07 debut, “Strange Culture.” The hybrid doc looks at the challenges facing upstate New York Steve Kurtz who is accused of bio-terrorism in the wake of 9/11. The film features dramatizd scenes with actors Thomas Jay Ryan, Tilda Swinton and Josh Kornbluth. Also set for an opening night screening is Laurent Herbiet‘s “Mon Colonel,” looking at military corruption during the Alergian war of independence. The festival will continue through June 28th and is co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Other titles on tap for the fest include Eva Mulvad‘s “Enemies of Happiness,” RIcki Stern and Annie Sunberg‘s “The Devil Came on Horseback,” Jennifer Baichwal‘s “Manufactured Landcapes,” Daniel Gold and Judith Helfand‘s “Everything’s Cool,” and Marco Williams‘ “Banished.” For more information, please visit the Human Rights Watch website.
“We look for character-driven films, whether documentary or fiction, that explore serious crises or issues,” said Bruni Burres, director of the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, in a statement “Real films that are not simply reportage. There’s a lot of disbelief in the media. With our festival, we provide a more in-depth look. People know these films are more than sound bites.” [Eugene Hernandez]