Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2013

Films screening during the NYC edition of the festival

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In The Shadow Of The Sun In The Shadow Of The Sun
In The Shadow Of The Sun and The Act Of Killing
99% - The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film (Country: US; Year: 2013; Director: Audrey Ewell, Aaron Aites, Lucian Read, Nina Kristic)
The Occupy movement erupted in September 2011, propelling economic inequality into the spotlight. In an unprecedented collaboration, filmmakers across America tell its story, digging into big picture issues as organisers, analysts, participants and critics reveal how it happened and why.
New York premiere
The Act Of Killing (Country: Denmark, Norway, UK; Year: 2012; Director: Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn)
People responsible for the mass murder of suspeced Communists at the onset of the military regime in 1965 are challenged to restage their actions and question the pride they still take in them.
ANITA (Country: US; Year: 2013; Director: Freida Mock)
American woman, charges Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas with sexual harassment in explosive Senate hearings in 1991 – bringing sexual politics into the national consciousness and fueling 20 years of international debate on the issues.
New York premiere
An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story (Country: US; Year: 2013; Director: Al Reinert; Writer: John Dean, Nellie Gonzalez, Al Reinert; Stars: Nellie Gonzalez)
Story of one man's fight to overturn his murder conviction.
New York premiere
Born This Way (Country: US; Year: 2013; Director: Shaun Kadlec, Deb Tullmann; Stars: Alice Nkom)
A visit to a support centre for LGBT people in Cameroon, and the judge who is fighting for their rights.
New York premiere
 Which Way Is The Front Line from Here? The Life And Time Of Tim Hetherington  Which Way Is The Front Line from Here? The Life And Time Of Tim Hetherington
Which Way Is The Front Line from Here? The Life And Time Of Tim Hetherington and My Afghanistan - Life in the Forbidden Zone
Camera/Woman (Year: 2012; Director: Karima Zoubir)
With enthusiastic musicians and ornate wedding parties setting the stage, we meet Khadija, a Moroccan divorcee who works as a camerawoman at weddings in Casablanca.
US premiere
Camp 14 - Total Control Zone (Year: 2012; Director: Marc Wiese)
Documentary about the life of a man born in a North Korean prison camp.
New York premiere
deepsouth (Country: US; Director: Lisa Biagiotti)
Explores the rural American South and the people who inhabit its most distant corners
US premiere
Fatal Assistance (Assistance mortelle) (Country: France, Haiti, US, Belgium; Year: 2013; Director: Raoul Peck; Writer: Raoul Peck)
Award-winning Haitian born filmmaker Raoul Peck takes us on a two-year journey inside the challenging, contradictory, and colossal rebuilding efforts in post-earthquake Haiti.
US premiere
Going Up The Stairs (Country: Iran; Year: 2011; Director: Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami)
A dutiful Iranian wife overcomes her insecurities and her husband's objections and becomes an internationally celebrated artist.
New York premiere
Tall As The Baobab Tree Tall As The Baobab Tree
Tall As The Baobab Tree and Camp 14 - Total Control Zone
In The Shadow Of The Sun (Country: UK, Tanzania; Year: 2012; Director: Harry Freeland), Official Site
The story of two men with albinism in Tanzania pursuing their dreams in the face of virulent prejudice.
New York premiere
My Afghanistan - Life in the Forbidden Zone (Country: Denmark; Year: 2012; Director: Nagieb Khaja)
Nagieb Khaja, a Danish journalist of Afghan origin, gives people living in outlying communities in Helmand province mobile phones equipped with cameras and asks them to film their daily lives.
The New Black (Year: 2013; Director: Yoruba Richen)
The story of how the African American community is grappling with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in light of the marriage equality movement and the fight over civil rights.
New York premiere
The Parade (Parada) (Country: Serbia / Croatia / Macedonia / Slovenia; Year: 2011; Director: Srdjan Dragojevic; Writer: Srdjan Dragojevic; Stars: Nikola Kojo, Milos Samolov, Hristina Popovic, Goran Jevtic, Toni Mihailovski)
Srdjan Dragojević’s film takes a comedic look at survival strategies for gays in Serbia and at a society that even now, years after the Balkan war, is still fragmented and riven by two entrenched fronts.
Solar Mama (Rafea: Solar Mama) (Country: US, Denmark, Egypt; Year: 2012; Director: Mona Eldaief, Jehane Noujaim; Stars: Abu Badr, Umm Badr, Raouf Dabbas, Rafea)
Documentary follows a Bedouin woman as she joins a programme that trains illiterate women to be engineers.
New York premiere
ANITA and Solar Mama
Tall As The Baobab Tree (Grand Comme Le Baobab) (Country: Senegal, US; Year: 2012; Director: Jeremy Teicher; Writer: Jeremy Teicher, Alexi Pappas; Stars: Dior Kâ, Oumoul Kâ, Cheikh Dia)
After her brother has an accident, her father is forced to sell her younger sister into an arranged marriage, but Coumba hatches a plan to save her.
New York premiere
The Undocumented (Country: US, Mexico; Year: 2013; Director: Marco Williams)
Investigating the deaths of undocumented migrants in the Arizona desert.
New York premiere
Which Way Is The Front Line from Here? The Life And Time Of Tim Hetherington (Country: US; Year: 2013; Director: Sebastian Junger)
Tribute to the photojournalist and documentarian who was killed in Libya in 2011.

Filming sensations Mathieu Amalric on Pierre Léon, Jeanne Balibar and the sounds and colours of Barbara

Character arc Seth A Smith on filming with a two-year-old and bringing marbling to life in The Crescent

Keeping up appearances Marcello Martinessi on cultural conservatism and filmmaking honesty in The Heiresses

A different space Kelly Macdonald on working with Marc Turtletaub on Puzzle

Out of the past Susanna Nicchiarelli on Trine Dyrholm and the costume design in Nico, 1988

The iconic man Jonathan Baker on Becoming Iconic and Inconceivable

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