Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2017

Co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and IFC Center June 9-18, 2017.

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The Good Postman The Good Postman
The Good Postman and Black Code
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.
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.
The Blood Is At The Doorstep (Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: Erik Ljung)
On April 30, 2014, Dontre Hamilton, a 31-year-old unarmed black man diagnosed with schizophrenia, was shot 14 times and killed by a Milwaukee police officer in a popular downtown park. Dontre's death sparked months of unrest and galvanized his family to activism.
City Of Ghosts (Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: Matthew Heineman)
The citizen journalists risking their lives to report on atrocities within in Syria.
Granito Granito
Granito and No Dress Code Required
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.
The Force (Country: US; Year: 2016; Director: Peter Nicks; Writer: Linda Davis, Lawrence Lerew, Peter Nicks)
This cinema verité look at the long-troubled Oakland Police Department goes deep inside their struggles to confront federal demands for reform, a popular uprising following events in Ferguson and an explosive scandal. World premiere
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.
Granito (Granito: How To Nail A Dictator) (Country: US, Guatemala, Spain; Year: 2010; Director: Pamela Yates)
Documentary charting the Mayan people's fight for justice in Guatemala and the key role played by documentarian Pamela Yates.
The Grown-Ups (Los Niños) (Country: Chile; Year: 2016; Director: Maite Alberdi; Writer: Maite Alberdi)
For almost their entire lives a group of forty-something classmates with Down's syndrome, have grown up together and are reaching the age of 50 with varying degrees of frustration.
City Of Ghosts City Of Ghosts
City Of Ghosts and Nobody Speak: Hulk Hogan, Gawker And Trials Of A Free Press
Home Truth (Year: 2017; Director: April Hayes, Katia Maguire)
Shot over the course of nine years, Home Truth chronicles one family’s pursuit of justice, shedding light on how our society responds to domestic violence and how the trauma from domestic violence can linger through generations.
Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2 (Country: France; Year: 2017; Director: Florent Vassault; Writer: Cécile Vargaftig, Florent Vassault)
A woman who sat on a death penalty jury, goes in search of her fellow jurors after the execution was carried out.
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.
Muhi - Generally Temporary (Year: 2017; Director: Rina Castelnuovo-Hollander, Tamir Elterman)
The story of a young boy from Gaza who has been trapped for years in an Israeli hospital.
Nobody Speak: Hulk Hogan, Gawker And Trials Of A Free Press (Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: Brian Knappenberger)
The trial between Hulk Hogan and Gawker Media pitted privacy rights against freedom of the press, and raised important questions about how big money can silence media. This film is an examination of the perils and duties of the free press in an age of inequality.
500 Years 500 Years
500 Years and Nowhere To Hide
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.
No Dress Code Required (Etiqueta no rigurosa) (Country: Mexico; Year: 2017; Director: Cristina Herrera Borquez; Writer: Cristina Herrera Borquez)
Víctor and Fernando, a devoted, unassuming couple from Mexicali, Mexico, find themselves in the centre of a legal firestorm over their desire to get married.
When The Mountains Tremble (Country: US; Year: 1983; Director: Newton Thomas Sigel, Pamela Yates; Stars: Rigoberta Menchú, Susan Sarandon), Official Site
In the early 1980s, death squads roamed the Guatemalan countryside in a war against the unarmed indigenous population and filmmakers tried to bring their plight to the attention of the world.

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