Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2015

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Uyghurs, Prisoners Of The Absurd Uyghurs, Prisoners Of The Absurd
Uyghurs, Prisoners Of The Absurd and No Land's Song
Beats Of The Antonov (Country: South Africa, Sudan; Year: 2014; Director: Hajooj Kuka)
Documentary, capturing the lives of Sudan's displaced population.
UK premiere
Beyond My Grandfather Allende (Allende, Mi Abuelo Allende) (Year: 2015; Director: Marcia Tambutti Allende; Writer: Bruni Burres, Paola Castillo)
The granddaughter of Chilean president Salvador Allende, who died in a coup d'etat, embarks on an intimate journey to discover the personal side of his life.
European premiere
Burden Of Peace (Country: Netherlands, Guatemala, Spain; Year: 2014; Director: Joey Boink, Sander Wirken; Writer: Joey Boink, Sander Wirken)
The four-year term of Guatemala's first female Attorney General, Claudia Paz y Paz, sees her battle against the impunity of organised criminal gangs and the country's former military rulers.
International premiere
Democrats (Country: Denmark; Year: 2014; Director: Camilla Nielsson)
Documentary tracks power brokers in Zimbabwe who are trying to compose a new constitution.
The Dream Of Shahrazad (Country: France, Netherlands, Turkey, South Africa, Egypt, Lebanon; Year: 2014; Director: Francois Verster; Writer: Francois Verster)
Explores how music and storytelling can serve as an outlet for citizens to process political upheaval.
UK premiere
Burden Of Peace Burden Of Peace
Burden Of Peace and The Shelter
Life Is Sacred (Country: Denmark, Ireland, Norway, Colombia; Year: 2014; Director: Andreas Dalsgaard, Vivana Gomez, Nicolas Servide; Writer: Andreas Dalsgaard)
Antanas Mockus, the former Mayor of Bogota, challenges the normal violent political practice by running an unusually positive campaign in Colombia's 2010 presidential elections.
UK premiere
No Land's Song (Country: Germany, France, Iran; Year: 2014; Director: Ayat Najafi; Writer: Ayat Najafi; Stars: Imed Alibi, Parvin Azimi, Elise Caron, Jeanne Cherhal, Chakad Fesharaki, Sébastien Hoog, Ali Kazemian, Emel Mathlouthi, Sara Najafi, Edward Perraud, Ali Rahimi, Sayeh Sodeyfi, Maryam Tajhdeh)
The Islamic revolution of 1979 banned female singers from appearing in public in Iran. Now Ayat Najafi tries to revive tradition, planning an evening of Iranian and French female soloists to rebuild shattered cultural bridges - but can it work?
UK premiere
A Quiet Inquisition (Country: US; Year: 2014; Director: Holen Kahn, Alessandra Zeka)
At a public hospital in Nicaragua, OBGYN Dr. Carla Cerrato must choose between following a law that bans all abortions and endangers her patients or taking a risk and providing the care that she knows can save a woman's life.
UK premiere
Rosewater (Country: US; Year: 2014; Director: Jon Stewart; Writer: Jon Stewart, Maziar Bahari, Aimee Molloy; Stars: Gael García Bernal, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Golshifteh Farahani, Kim Bodnia, Dimitri Leonidas, Jason Jones, Andrew Gower, Haluk Bilginer, Nasser Faris, Nazanin Nour, Numan Acar, Arian Moayed, Amir El-Masry, Zarif Kabier, Arash Mokhtar)
The story of Maziar Bahari, the journalist who was detained for 188 days in Iran.
The Salt Of The Earth (Country: France, Italy, Brazil; Year: 2014; Director: Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, Wim Wenders)
Documentary about photographer Sebastião Salgado.
UK premiere
Rosewater Rosewater
Rosewater and The Yes Men Are Revolting
The Shelter (L'Abri) (Country: Switzerland; Year: 2014; Director: Fernand Melgar)
Documentary about winter in a emergency shelter for the homeless in Lausanne.
UK premiere
Storm In The Andes (Storm över Anderna) (Country: Sweden; Year: 2015; Director: Mikael Wiström; Writer: Mikael Wiström)
A young woman travels to Peru in the hope of better understanding a troubling family legacy.
UK premiere
Uyghurs, Prisoners Of The Absurd (Year: 2014; Director: Patricio Henríquez)
How China's Uyghur minority got caught up in the US invasion of Iraq and ended up illegally detained in Guantanamo.
UK premiere
The Wanted 18 (Country: Canada, Occupied Palestinian Territory, France; Year: 2014; Director: Paul Cowan, Amer Shomali; Writer: Paul Cowan; Stars: Alison Darcy, Rosann Nerenberg, Holly O'Brien)
Through a mix of stop motion animation and interviews, The Wanted 18 recreates an astonishing true story: the Israeli army's pursuit of 18 cows, whose independent milk production on a Palestinian collective farm was declared "a threat to the national security of the state of Israel."
UK premiere
What Tomorrow Brings (Country: US, Afghanistan; Year: 2014; Director: Beth Murphy; Writer: Beth Murphy)
A year in the life of the first all-girls school in a remote, conservative Afghan village.
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Life Is Sacred Life Is Sacred
Life Is Sacred and The Salt Of The Earth
The Yes Men Are Revolting (Country: US; Year: 2014; Director: Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno; Stars: Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno), Official Site, Trailer
The political pranks by the Yes Men - and the toll it has taken on their relationship.
UK premiere
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