Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2018

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Angkar Angkar
Angkar and Anote's Ark
Angkar (Country: France, Cambodia; Year: 2018; Director: Neary Adeline Hay)
A documentarian follows her father as he goes on a journey to confront former Khmer Rouge executioners.
New York premiere
Anote's Ark (Country: Canada; Year: 2018; Director: Matthieu Rytz)
A documentary looking at the impact of climate change on the island nation of Kiribati.
New York premiere
Charm City (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Marilyn Ness; Writer: Marilyn Ness, Don Bernier)
Documentary goes behind the headlines of the violence in Baltimore.
The Cleaners (Country: Germany, Brazil; Year: 2018; Director: Moritz Riesewieck, Hans Block; Stars: Moritz Riesewieck, Hans Block, Georg Tschurtschenthaler)
When you post something on the web, can you be sure it stays there? Enter a hidden shadow industry of digital cleaning, where the Internet rids itself of what it doesn't like: violence, pornography and political content. Who is controlling what we see...and what we think?
New York premiere
The Distant Barking Of Dogs (Country: Denmark; Year: 2017; Director: Simon Lereng Wilmont; Writer: Simon Lereng Wilmont)
Story of children living in the shadow of a war zone in Ukraine.
New York premiere
The Silence Of Others The Silence Of Others
The Silence Of Others and What Will People Say
Facing The Dragon (Year: 2018; Director: Sedika Mojadidi; Writer: Tatsuo Yoshida)
As the U.S. withdraws forces and aid from Afghanistan, the Taliban are regaining their hold and the stability of the country's fragile democracy is unclear. Afghan-American filmmaker Sedika Mojadidi joins two awe-inspiring women on the front lines: Nilofar, a successful doctor-turned-member of parliament and journalist Shakila.
New York premiere
Naila And The Uprising (Year: 2017; Director: Julia Bacha), Official Site
The story of Naila Ayesh, who played a key role in the nonviolent Palestinian uprising known as the First Intifada.
On Her Shoulders (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Alexandria Bombach; Writer: Hishyar Abid, Nawaf Ashur, Deniz Ekici, Yousif Haskan, Shahnaz Osso; Stars: Nadia Murad, Murad Ismael, Amal Clooney, Ki-moon Ban, Nadia Murad, Murad Ismael, Amal Clooney, Ki-moon Ban)
A Yazidi genocide and ISIS sexual slavery survivor, 23-year-old Nadia Murad is determined to tell the world her story. As her journey leads down paths of advocacy and fame, she becomes the voice of her people and their best hope to spur the world to action.
The Silence Of Others (Country: US, Spain; Year: 2018; Director: Robert Bahar, Almudena Carracedo; Writer: Ricardo Acosta, Robert Bahar, Almudena Carracedo, Kim Roberts; Stars: María Martín, José María Galante, Carlos Slepoy, Ana Messuti, Maria Servini, Felisa Echegoyen, María Ángeles Martín, María de las Mercedes Bueno, Ascensión Mendieta, María Martín, José María Galante, Carlos Slepoy, Ana Messuti, Maria Servini, Felisa Echegoyen)
The struggle against the amnesty law in Spain for those who committed atrocities under the rule of General Franco.
New York premiere
A Thousand Girls Like Me (Year: 2018; Director: Sahra Mani)
When Khatera, a 23-year-old Afghan woman, forces her father to stand trial after a lifetime of sexual abuse, she risks her family, freedom and personal safety to expose a judicial system that incriminates the very women who seek protection.
US premiere
On Her Shoulders On Her Shoulders
On Her Shoulders and TransMilitary
TransMilitary (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Gabriel Silverman, Fiona Dawson; Writer: Jamie Coughlin, Gabriel Silverman)
Documents four men and women who risk their families’ livelihoods by coming out to the Pentagon’s top brass in the hope of attaining the equal right to serve.
New York premiere
The Unafraid (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Anayansi Prado, Heather Courtney)
DACA teens fight for education in the undocumented community.
New York premiere
Voices Of The Sea (Country: UK; Year: 2018; Director: Kim Hopkins)
Documenting tensions in a family living in a Cuban fishing village.
What Will People Say (Country: Norway, Germany, Sweden; Year: 2017; Director: Iram Haq; Writer: Iram Haq; Stars: Maria Mozhdah, Adil Hussain, Ekavali Khanna, Rohit Saraf, Ali Arfan, Sheeba Chaddha, Lalit Parimoo, Nokokure Dahl, Isak Lie Harr, Maria Bock, Sara Khorami, Jannat Zubair Rahmani, Freddy Singh, Trine Wiggen, Maria Mozhdah)
Sixteen-year-old Nisha lives a double life.
New York premiere
Women Of The Venezuelan Chaos (Year: 2017; Director: Margarita Cadenas)
Female perspectives of a country in crisis.
New York premiere
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