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Human Rights Watch Festival Celebrates 25th Anniversary, Announces 2014 Line-Up Including 16 Features By Women

Human Rights Watch Festival Celebrates 25th Anniversary, Announces 2014 Line-Up Including 16 Features By Women

The Human Rights Watch Festival, which celebrates 25 years this year, announced a line-up of 22 features, which includes 20 documentaries and 2 fiction films – 16 of which were made by women.

Two of the 16 films made by women – 
Cynthia Hill’s “Private Violence” and Zeina Daccache’s “Sheherazade’s Diary” – will bookend this year’s festival. Executive produced by Gloria Steinem and screened at Sundance back in January, “Private Violence” is a chilling documentary that tells the story of two women who have been subjected to domestic violence.

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In “Sheherazade’s Diary,” Daccache chronicles her own experience working 
on a drama therapy project with female inmates in Lebanon’s Baabda Prison.

“One look at the breadth of this year’s program,” says
 Festival Director John Biaggi, “confirms that the festival is even more crucial today.”

Crucial indeed, as the Human Rights Watch Festival employs an ideology-centric approach to its programming – curating around salient themes and topics rather than just genre.

This year’s program has been built around 5 themes: Armed Conflict and the Arab Spring; Human Rights Defenders, Icons and Villains; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Rights; Migrants’ Rights; and Women’s Rights and Children’s Rights.

The Human Rights Festival will run from June 12-22 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and IFC Center in New York City.

For the complete list of films, organized by theme, see below:

Armed Conflict and the Arab Spring

“Abounaddara Collective Shorts from Syria + Discussion of ‘Emergency Cinema'”
(New York premiere)
Filmmaker(s): Various filmmakers
Year: 2013 / 90m

“First to Fall”
(New York premiere)
Filmmaker(s): Rachel Beth Anderson and Tim Grucza
Year: 2013 / 80m

“The Mulberry House”
(New York premiere)
Filmmaker(s): Sara Ishaq
Year: 2013 / 64m

“Return to Homs”
Filmmaker(s): Talal Derki
Year: 2013 / 87m

Human Rights Defenders, Icons and Villains

“E-TEAM”
(New York premiere)
Filmmaker(s): Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman, directors; Marilyn Ness, producer
Year: 2013 / 89m

“Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus”
(New York premiere)
Filmmaker(s): Madeleine Sackler
Year: 2013 / 76m

“The Green Prince”
(New York premiere)
Filmmaker(s): Nadav Schirman
Year: 2014 / 101m

“Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me”
(US premiere)
Filmmaker(s): Khalo Matabane
Year: 2013 / 84m

“Watchers of the Sky”
(New York premiere)
Filmmaker(s): Edet Belzberg
Year: 2014 / 114m

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Rights

“Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story”
(New York premiere)
Filmmaker(s): Sandrine Orabona and Mark Herzog
Year: 2014 / 90m

“Out in the Night”
(New York premiere)
Filmmaker(s): blair dorosh-walther
Year: 2014 / 74m

“To Be Takei”
(New York premiere)
Filmmaker(s): Jennifer Kroot
Year: 2014 / 90m

Migrants’ Rights

“Evaporating Borders”
(New York premiere)
Filmmaker(s): Iva Radivojevic
Year: 2014 / 73m

“The Beekeeper”
(New York premiere)
Filmmaker(s): Mano Khalil
Year: 2013 / 107m

Women’s Rights and Children’s Rights

“Private Violence”
(New York premiere)
Filmmaker(s): Cynthia Hill
Year: 2013 / 81m

“Scheherazade’s Diary”
(New York premiere)
Filmmaker(s): Zeina Daccache
Year: 2013 / 80m

“For Those Who Can Tell No Tales”
(New York premiere)
Filmmaker(s): Jasmila Zbanic
Year: 2013 / 72m

“The Homestretch”
(New York premiere)
Filmmaker(s): Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly
Year: 2014 / 89m

“A Quiet Inquisition”
(World premiere)
Filmmaker(s): Alessandra Zeka and Holen Sabrina Kahn
Year: 2014 / 65m

“Sepideh – Reaching for the Stars”
(New York premiere)
Filmmaker(s): Berit Madsen
Year: 2013 / 88m

“Siddharth”
Filmmaker(s): Richie Mehta
Year: 2013 / 96m

“The Supreme Price”
(New York premiere)
Filmmaker(s): Joanna Lipper
Year: 2013 / 75m

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