Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2009
Crude Crude
Crude and Firaaq
Afghan Star (Country: UK; Year: 2008; Director: Havana Marking), Official Site
Four hopefuls compete to become pop idols in post-Taliban Afghanistan.
Back Home Tomorrow (Domani torno a casa) (Country: Italy; Year: 2008; Director: Fabrizio Lazzaretti, Paolo Santolini; Writer: Clelio Benevento, Fabrizio Lazzaretti, Paolo Santolini)
The lives of two children touched touched by war.
Burma VJ (Burma VJ: Reporter i et lukket land) (Country: Denmark; Year: 2009; Director: Anders Ostergaard), Official Site, Trailer
Burmese journalists risk life imprisonment to report from inside their sealed-off country.
Crude (Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Joe Berlinger), Official Site
The inside story of the “Amazon Chernobyl” case in the rainforest of Ecuador, the largest oil-related environmental lawsuit in the world.
Eden Is West (Eden à L'ouest) (Country: France, Greece, Italy; Year: 2009; Director: Costa-Gavras; Writer: Costa-Gavras, Jean-Claude Grumberg; Stars: Riccardo Scamarcio, Juliane Köhler, Ulrich Tukur, Eric Caravaca, Jean-Christophe Folly, Florian Martens, Antoine Monot Jr)
Odyssey of a migrant in search of 'paradise'.
Back Home Tomorrow Back Home Tomorrow
Back Home Tomorrow and Kabuli Kid
Endgame (Country: UK; Year: 2009; Director: Pete Travis; Writer: Paula Milne; Stars: William Hurt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jonny Lee Miller, Mark Strong)
A political thriller in which a businessman initiates covert discussions between the African National Congress and white intellectuals to try to find a peaceful solution to the Apartheid regime.
Firaaq (Country: India; Year: 2008; Director: Nandita Das; Writer: Nandita Das, Shuchi Kothari; Stars: Tisca Chopra, Shahana Goswami, Deepti Naval, Paresh Rawal, Naseeruddin Shah, Sanjay Suri, Raghuvir Yadav)
The story of how the Hindu-Muslim riots that ravaged Gujarat in 2002 altered the lives of a number of different characters.
In The Holy Fire Of Revolution (Country: Russia; Year: 2008; Director: Masha Novikova; Stars: Garry Kasparov)
A year on the campaign trail in Russia with the world's greatest chess player.
Kabuli Kid (Country: France, Afghanistan; Year: 2008; Director: Barmak Akram; Writer: Barmak Akram; Stars: Hadji Gul, Valéry Schatz, Amélie Glenn, Mohammad Chafi Sahel, Helena Alam, Messi Gul, Saleha Khan Gul, Rohina Gul, Mariam Hakimi, Mustafa Haidari)
A Kabul taxi driver finds himself looking after an abandoned baby.
Laila's Birthday (Eid milad Laila) (Country: Palestine, Tunisia, Netherlands; Year: 2008; Director: Rashid Masharawi; Writer: Rashid Masharawi; Stars: Mohamed Bakri, Areen Omari, Nour Zoubi)
A moving, often funny tale of a Palestinian taxi driver trying to get home in time for his daughter's birthday.
Afghan Star Afghan Star
Afghan Star and Eden Is West
Look Into My Eyes (Country: Israel; Year: 2008; Director: Naftaly Gliksberg)
Filmmaker Naftaly Gliksberg sets out to investigate what anti-Semitism looks like today.
My Neighbour, My Killer (Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Anne Aghian)
Documenting attempts at reconcilliation between Hutus and Tutsis in Rwanda.
Pray The Devil Back To Hell (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Gini Reticker), Official Site
The story of the Liberian women who came together to bring peace to their country.
Project Kashmir (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Senain Kheshgi, Geeta Patel; Writer: Sharmila Ariathurai, Senain Kheshgi, Billy McMillin, Geeta Patel)
What happens when two friends from opposite sides of the divide enter the conflict in Kashmir and find their friendship tested?
The Reckoning: The Battle For The International Criminal Court (Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Pamela Yates; Writer: Peter Kinoy, Paco de Onís, Pamela Yates), Official Site
A battle of monumental proportions unfolds as International Criminal Court Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo faces down warlords, genocidal dictators and world superpowers in bringing perpetrators of crimes against humanity to justice.
Burma VJ Burma VJ
Burma VJ and Pray The Devil Back To Hell
Remnants Of A War (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Jawad Metni)
Documentary charts the South Lebanese as they try to clear their land of cluster mines after the 2006 war.
Tapologo (Country: Spain, South Africa; Year: 2008; Director: Gabriela Gutiérrez Dewar, Sally Gutiérrez Dewar)
A moving story of women in South Africa who have turned their tragedy into a tool.

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