Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2017

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Black Code Black Code
Black Code and Tickling Giants
500 Years (Country: Guatemala; Year: 2016; Director: Pamela Yates)
From a historic genocide trial to the overthrow of a president, the sweeping story of mounting resistance played out in Guatemala’s recent history is told through the actions and perspectives of the majority indigenous Mayan population, who now stand poised to reimagine their society.
All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of IF Stone (Country: Canada; Year: 2016; Director: Fred Peabody; Stars: IF Stone, Carl Bernstein, Noam Chomsky, Desmond Cole, David Corn, Tom Engelhardt, John Carlos Frey, Amy Goodman, Glenn Greenwald, Chris Hedges, Ana Kasparian, Sharif Abdel Kouddous, Michael Moore, Colin Powell, Jeremy Scahill)
A look at the life and work of American journalist, IF Stone, who leads a one-man crusade against government deception.
The Apology (Country: Canada; Year: 2016; Director: Tiffany Hsiung; Writer: Tiffany Hsiung)
Story of women who were sexually exploited by the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second World War.
Black Code (Country: Canada; Year: 2016; Director: Nicholas de Pencier; Stars: Felipe Altenfeldor, Ron Deibert, Wjd Dhnie, Jon Karlung, Felipe Pecanha)
Examining the human rights pros and cons of the internet in terms of citizen journalism and global surveillance.
Child Mother (Year: 2016; Director: Ronen Zaretzky, Yael Kipper)
Conversations between mothers and their families reveal haunting histories of women forced into marriage as young children.
Girl Unbound: The War To Be Her Girl Unbound: The War To Be Her
Girl Unbound: The War To Be Her and I Am Not Your Negro
Complicit (Country: US, Hong Kong, China; Year: 2017; Director: Heather White; Writer: Chris Seward)
The journey of Chinese migrant worker-turned-activist Yi Yeting, a Foxconn factory worker who takes his fight against the global electronic industry from his hospital bed to the international stage.
Girl Unbound: The War To Be Her (Country: US; Year: 2016; Director: Erin Heidenreich; Stars: Maria Toorpakai Wazir)
A young woman represents Pakistan on the national squash team, despite the Taliban's threats.
The Good Postman (Country: Finland, Bulgaria; Year: 2016; Director: Tonislav Hristov; Writer: Tonislav Hristov, Lubomir Tsvetkov)
In a small Bulgarian village troubled by the ongoing refugee crisis, a local postman runs for mayor — and learns that even minor deeds can outweigh good intentions.
I Am Not Your Negro (Country: US, France, Belgium, Switzerland; Year: 2016; Director: Raoul Peck; Writer: James Baldwin)
Essay film based on James Baldwin's writing about the story of race in modern America.
Joshua: Teenager Vs Superpower (Year: 2017; Director: Joe Piscatella)
When the Chinese Communist Party backtracks on its promise of autonomy to Hong Kong, teenager Joshua Wong decides to save his city. Rallying thousands of kids to skip school and occupy the streets, Joshua becomes an unlikely leader in Hong Kong and one of China’s most notorious dissidents.
The Good Postman The Good Postman
The Good Postman and The Settlers
Lost In Lebanon (Year: 2016; Director: Sophia Scott, George Scott)
Follows four Syrians who are building a community, sharing resources and attempting to advocate for themselves in their new land.
Nowhere To Hide (Year: 2016; Director: Zaradasht Ahmed)
Documentary follows a male nurse who is working and raising his children in Jalawla, Iraq, one of the world’s most dangerous and inaccessible areas.
The Settlers (Country: France, Canada, Israel, Germany; Year: 2016; Director: Shimon Dotan; Writer: Oron Adar, Shimon Dotan)
A comprehensive examination of the settlement movement in the West Bank.
They Call Us Monsters (Country: US; Year: 2016; Director: Ben Lear)
Legislators debate legislation that allows for adult charges for juvenile offenders.
Tickling Giants (Country: US; Year: 2016; Director: Sara Taksler; Writer: Sara Taksler; Stars: Bassem Youssef, Jon Stewart)
Charting Bassem Youssef’s rise as Egypt’s foremost on-screen satirist.
Nowhere To Hide Nowhere To Hide
Nowhere To Hide and Joshua: Teenager Vs Superpower
We'll Be Alright (Year: 2016; Director: Alexander Kuznetsov)
The pitfalls of the Russian care system.
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