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This international film festival notches up its 20th year in 2016. It brings together documentary and fiction films with the intention of galvanising those who watch them to join those taking action against injustices many face every day.

This year's London arm of the festival ran from March 9 to 18 at the Barbican, British Museum, Curzon Soho, Picturehouse Central and Ritzy Picturehouse. To celebrate this 20th anniversary edition the festival included four additional Special Programmes combining visual media with in-depth discussions about filmmaking and human rights between Human Rights Watch experts and independent human rights advocates including Charif Kiwan, spokesman for a Syrian film collective, the filmmakers Kim Longinotto, and James Brabazon, and photographers Giles Duley and Zalmaï.

The festival opened with a UK premiere benefit gala showing of Among The Believers.

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Among The Believers
Among The Believers
An exploration into the spread of the radical Islamic school Red Mosque, which trains children to devote their lives to holy war, from a very young age.
Hooligan Sparrow
Hooligan Sparrow
A portrait of women's rights activist Ye Hainan, detailing her struggles with the Chinese authorities.
The Hard Stop
The Hard Stop
Documentary about the death of Mark Duggan and the difficulty of finding work for young black men in Tottenham
Sonita
Sonita
The story of an aspirational young Afghan rapper whose family plan to sell her into marriage.
Mustang
Mustang
Coming of age story about five Turkish girls.

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House rules, part 1
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Human Rights Watch Film Festival News

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