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24 Films Set to Screen in New York’s Human Rights Watch Fest

24 Films Set to Screen in New York's Human Rights Watch Fest

Twenty-four features and documentaries from 19 countries will screen at the New York edition of the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival June 8 – 22 at the Walter Reade Theater. Highlights from the fest include a benefit screening of “The Refugee All Stars” by Zach Niles and Banker White about a group of six Sierra Leonean musicians who, after being displaced by war, form a band while living in a refugee camp in Guinea. Also slated is the story of two Somali families who journey from a refugeee camp to the U.S. in “Rain in a Dry Land.” This year’s Nestor Almendros Prize for “courage in filmmaking” will be presented to James Longley, director of “Iraq in Fragments,” which won three awards at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. [Brian Brooks]

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