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'The Act of Killing,' HBO's 'Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer' Among Selections of New York's Human Rights Watch Film Festival's 2013 Program

By Cameron Sinz | Indiewire May 10, 2013 at 12:17PM

The 24th edition of The Human Rights Watch Film Festival will return to New York this summer from June 13-23 with a program of 20 films from across the globe calling for social change and fighting against injustice.
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99% – The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film
99% – The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film

The 24th edition of The Human Rights Watch Film Festival will return to New York this summer from June 13-23 with a program of 20 films from across the globe calling for social change and fighting against injustice.

The festival will open on June 13 with a fundraising Benefit Night, featuring a screening of Sebastian Junger's moving tribute "Which Way Is the Front Line From Here? The Life and Times of Tim Hetherington." The Main program will kick off the next day, with Freida Mock's "Anita" set as the opening night film, and the award-winning drama "Tall As the Baobab Tree," closing the festival with a screening on June 23.

In addition to being picked for their social stances, each film on this year's lineup will be categorized into one of this year's four themes, which will be Traditional Values and Human Rights, Crises and Migration, Focus on Asia, and Human Rights in the United States. Among the selections in these categories are Joshua Oppenheimer's festival favorite "The Act of Killing" and the Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin's HBO doc "Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer."

"Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer"
HBO "Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer"
“One of the most rewarding aspects of programming this festival is that it always reveals thought-provoking and often surprising themes distilled from the past year’s human rights films,” said festival director John Biaggi. "At the core of each of these films — and of all the films in this year’s festival — is the inspiring strength of individuals standing up for themselves, their rights and their communities.”

Of the 18 documentaries and 2 fiction films on the lineup, 15 will have their New York premieres at the festival, which will be held this year at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, with additional downtown screenings at the IFC Center. For a complete program, ticketing and schedule information, visit the festival's website here.

This article is related to: Festivals, The Act of Killing , Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer, Which Way is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington, Documentary