Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2010
Balibo Balibo
Balibo and In The Land of the Free...
Balibo (The Balibo Conspiracy) (Country: Australia; Year: 2009; Director: Robert Connolly; Writer: Robert Connolly, David Williamson; Stars: Anthony LaPaglia, Oscar Isaac, Nathan Phillips, Gyton Grantley, Damon Gameau, Tom Wright, Paul Sonkkila, Mark Leonard Winter, Mark Winter), Official Site
As Indonesia prepares to invade the tiny nation of East Timor, five Australian based journalists go missing, a month later a veteran correspondent follows them, determined to find out the truth.
Budrus (Country: Israel, Palestine, US; Year: 2009; Director: Julia Bacha; Writer: Julia Bacha)
Documentary charting a pacifist protest against Israeli incursion.
UK Premiere
Crimson Gold (Talaye Sorgh) (Country: Iran; Year: 2003; Director: Jafar Panahi; Writer: Jafar Panahi; Stars: Hussein Emadeddin, Kamya Sheissi, Azita Rayeji, Shahram Vaziri, Ehsan Amani, Pourang Nakhayi)
Anatomy of a murder, Iranian style.
Enemies Of The People (Country: Cambodia, UK; Year: 2010; Director: Rob Lemkin, Thet Sambath), Official Site
A young journalist whose family was killed by the Khmer Rouge befriends the perpetrators of the Killing Fields genocide.
London Premiere
Good Fortune (Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Landon Van Soest)
Are international efforts to alleviate poverty in Africa undermining the very communities they aim to benefit?
UK Premiere
Crimson Gold Crimson Gold
Crimson Gold and Enemies Of The People
Honeymoons (Medeni mesec) (Country: Serbia/Albania; Year: 2009; Director: Goran Paskaljevic; Writer: Goran Paskaljevic, Genc Permeti; Stars: Nebojsa Milovanovic, Jelena Trkulja, Jozef Shiroka, Mirela Naska, Bujar Lako, Yllka Mujo, Lazar Ristovski, Petar Bozovic, Danica Ristovski, Mira Banjac, Vlasta Velisavljevic, Ljuma Penov, Ivan Bekjarev, Zinaida Dedakin, Ratko Miletic), Official Site
Two young couples leave Albania and Serbia in search of a better life further west, but find the reality is out of step with their dreams.
UK Premiere
In The Land of the Free... (Country: US; Year: 2010; Director: Vadim Jean; Stars: Narrated by, Samuel L Jackson)
Probe into the case of the Angola 3 - who were convicted in the US of murdering a prison guard, despite no physical evidence or credible eye witnesses.
European Premiere
Iran: Voices Of The Unheard (Country: Canada, Iran; Year: 2009; Director: Davoud Geramifard), Official Site
The untold story of Iranian secularists.
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Moloch Tropical (Country: Haiti, France; Year: 2009; Director: Raoul Peck; Writer: Jean-René Lemoine, Raoul Peck; Stars: Nicole Dogue, Oris Erhuero, Tasha Homan, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Elli Medeiros, Mireille Metellus, Sonia Rolland, Zinedine Soualem)
Haitian auteur Raoul Peck meticulously drapes the poetic across the political in his reflection on the universal malady of absolute power corrupting absolutely.
UK Premiere. Opening Night
Mrs. Goundo's Daughter (Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater; Writer: Ousmane Diallo, Boua Koné, Cheickné Soumaré)
A Malian mother’s fight for asylum in the US to protect her two-year-old daughter from female genital cutting.
UK Premiere
No One Knows About Persian Cats No One Knows About Persian Cats
No One Knows About Persian Cats and Iran: Voices Of The Unheard
Nero's Guests (Country: India; Year: 2009; Director: Deepa Bhatia)
Journalist P Sainath writes about the thousands of farmers who commit suicide each year due to poverty and the inability to repay debts.
UK Premiere
No One Knows About Persian Cats (Kasi az gorbehaye irani khabar nadareh) (Country: Iran; Year: 2009; Director: Bahman Ghobadi; Writer: Bahman Ghobadi, Hossein Mortezaeiyan, Roxana Saberi; Stars: Hamed Behdad, Ashkan Koohzad, Negar Shaghaghi)
Fiction meets documentary in this story of underground musicians in Tehran.
The Red Chapel (Det røde kapel) (Country: Denmark; Year: 2009; Director: Mads Brügger; Stars: Mads Brügger, Simon Jul Jørgensen, Jacob Nossell)
A journalist with no scruples, a self-proclaimed spastic, and a comedian travel to North Korea under the guise of a cultural exchange visit to challenge one of the world’s most notorious regimes.
London Premiere
The Sun Behind The Clouds: Tibet's Struggle For Freedom (Country: Austria, France, India, Netherlands, China, US, UK, Germany; Year: 2010; Director: Ritu Sarin, Tenzing Sonam; Writer: Tenzing Sonam)
Examination of the conflict between the old and young in Tibet as the Dalai Lama's struggle for a peaceful resolution sits uneasily with the next generation.
UK Premiere
War Don Don (Country: US; Year: 2010; Director: Rebecca Richman Cohen), Official Site
The story of the sensational trial of Issa Sesay - a senior commander of the rebel Revolutionary United Front - in Sierra Leone.
European Premiere
Honeymoons Honeymoons
Honeymoons and Budrus
Women Without Men (Zanan-e bedun-e mardan) (Country: Germany; Year: 2009; Director: Shirin Neshat; Writer: Shahrnoush Parsipour; Stars: Bijan Daneshmand, Pegah Ferydoni, Arita Shahrzad, Shabnam Toloui, Orsolya Tóth)
Four women search for freedom in Iran, 1953.
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