Human Rights Watch Film Festival Toronto

Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. We work tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep rooted change and fight to bring greater justice and security to people around the world. Through our Human Rights Watch Film Festival we bear witness to human rights violations and create a forum for courageous individuals on both sides of the lens to empower audiences with the knowledge that personal commitment can make a difference. The film festival brings to life human rights abuses through storytelling in a way that challenges each individual to empathize and demand justice for all people.

In selecting films for the festival, Human Rights Watch concentrates equally on artistic merit and human rights content. The festival encourages filmmakers around the world to address human rights subject matter in their work and presents films from both new and established international filmmakers.

Each year, the festival’s programming committee screens more than 500 films and videos to create a program that represents a range of countries and issues. Once a film is nominated for a place in the program, staff of the relevant division of Human Rights Watch also view the work to confirm its accuracy in the portrayal of human rights concerns. Though the festival rules out films that contain unacceptable inaccuracies of fact, we do not bar any films on the basis of a particular point of view.

Human Rights Watch Film Festival London

Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. We work tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep rooted change and fight to bring greater justice and security to people around the world. Through our Human Rights Watch Film Festival we bear witness to human rights violations and create a forum for courageous individuals on both sides of the lens to empower audiences with the knowledge that personal commitment can make a difference. The film festival brings to life human rights abuses through storytelling in a way that challenges each individual to empathize and demand justice for all people.

In selecting films for the festival, Human Rights Watch concentrates equally on artistic merit and human rights content. The festival encourages filmmakers around the world to address human rights subject matter in their work and presents films from both new and established international filmmakers.

Each year, the festival’s programming committee screens more than 500 films and videos to create a program that represents a range of countries and issues. Once a film is nominated for a place in the program, staff of the relevant division of Human Rights Watch also view the work to confirm its accuracy in the portrayal of human rights concerns. Though the festival rules out films that contain unacceptable inaccuracies of fact, we do not bar any films on the basis of a particular point of view.

Human Rights Watch Film Festival Concord

Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. We work tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep rooted change and fight to bring greater justice and security to people around the world. Through our Human Rights Watch Film Festival we bear witness to human rights violations and create a forum for courageous individuals on both sides of the lens to empower audiences with the knowledge that personal commitment can make a difference. The film festival brings to life human rights abuses through storytelling in a way that challenges each individual to empathize and demand justice for all people.

In selecting films for the festival, Human Rights Watch concentrates equally on artistic merit and human rights content. The festival encourages filmmakers around the world to address human rights subject matter in their work and presents films from both new and established international filmmakers.

Each year, the festival’s programming committee screens more than 500 films and videos to create a program that represents a range of countries and issues. Once a film is nominated for a place in the program, staff of the relevant division of Human Rights Watch also view the work to confirm its accuracy in the portrayal of human rights concerns. Though the festival rules out films that contain unacceptable inaccuracies of fact, we do not bar any films on the basis of a particular point of view.

The 23rd Environmental Film Festival

The Environmental Film Festival will take place on March 17-29, in Washington D.C. This is the largest and longest-running environmental film festival in the country and the largest film festival in Washington, D.C. The 23rd annual Festival presents over 160 films selected to provide fresh perspectives on a wide variety of environmental issues facing our planet. A special focus on “Climate Connections” explores the impact of climate change on our world. The 2015 Festival features cinematic work from 31 countries and 96 Washington, D.C., U.S. and World premieres.

Most screenings include discussion with filmmakers, environmental experts and cultural leaders. In addition to over 60 filmmakers who will present their film at the 2015 Festival, speakers will include environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau, climate expert Joe Romm, actress Kristin Davis and Tommy Wells, the new Director of the District Department of the Environment.

The 2015 Festival inaugurates a new award: the William W. Warner Beautiful Swimmers Award, established in honor of William Warner, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Beautiful Swimmers, a study of the crabs and watermen on the Chesapeake Bay. This prize was won by documentarian George Butler’s new film, Tiger Tiger, spotlighting the endangered Royal Bengal Tiger.

The Festival’s Documentary Award for Environmental Advocacy goes to Academy Award-winner Louie Psihoyos’ latest film, Racing Extinction, an urgent call to action to stop the global mass extinction of animal species before it’s too late. Canadian filmmaker Sturla Gunnarsson’s Monsoon, exploring the vital importance of the annual rains that fall on India, is the winner of The Polly Krakora Award for Artistry in Film. The Eric Moe Sustainability Film Award is given to Silent River, about efforts to clean up Mexico’s polluted Santiago River by the investigative reporter-filmmaker team of Steve Fisher and Jason Jaacks. All award winners are Washington, D.C. premieres.

Oscar-winning French director Luc Jacquet (March of the Penguins) will present a retrospective of his films, including a Work-in-Progress, Ice & Sky, about French glaciologist Claude Lorius’ 60-year study of climate change in the glaciers of Antarctic. The Washington, D.C. premiere of Penguin Counters by local filmmakers Harriet and Peter Getzels explores how penguins in the Antarctic are dealing with climate change and the implications for humans. The Washington, D.C. premiere of Project Ice by local filmmaker William Kleinert examines the impact of diminishing Great Lakes ice on the heartland.

Filmmaker James Redford will show clips from his forthcoming film, Happening, telling positive stories about renewable energy solutions across the country. Director Jon Bowermaster will show a rough cut of his Work-in-Progress, Dear President Obama, Americans Against Fracking in One Voice, an appeal to elected officials to re-consider the consequences of hydraulic fracturing. The Burden highlights how the military is leading the fight for clean energy.

Opening night features the Washington, D.C. premiere of Bikes Vs. Cars, a Swedish film documenting the struggle of bicyclists in a society dominated by cars. On a similar topic, the U.S. premiere of the Dutch film, Bye Bye Car, explores the future of transportation. A special Festival Spotlight program presents the Washington, D.C. premiere of Planetary, a stunning visual portrait of our planet, followed by a multi-media Planetary Experience and celebration of the “Earth Hour,” a global show of support for earth’s ecosystem and climate.

The groundbreaking documentary, Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, argues that animal agriculture is the most destructive industry on the planet. Seeds of Time explores efforts to protect the world’s food supply by saving the one resource we cannot live without: our seeds. Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story exposes the appalling waste in our food system.

Films about Latin America include Landfill Harmonic, the story of children from a Paraguayan slum who play instruments made from garbage in their “recycled orchestra”; Marmato, about the clash between globalized mining and a town in Colombia and the Washington, D.C. premiere of H20MX, examining the barriers between Mexico City’s 22 million people and a safe, reliable water supply; the U.S. premiere of Lago Enriquillo: A Prelude to Climate Change, evaluating the effects of climate change on the largest lake in the Antilles. A program on Cuba explores its vibrant coral reefs and considers the impact that lifting the U.S. embargo will have on the country’s pristine environment.

Wildlife films include Virunga, depicting efforts to protect critically endangered mountain gorillas in the Congo; Gardeners of Eden about one family’s attempt to save elephants in Kenya; The Messenger, highlighting the global decimation of songbirds and The Leopard in the Land, documenting an expedition across Mongolia’s Altai Mountains to support Snow Leopard conservation. Winners from the 2014 Wildscreen Film Festival will also be shown.

The role of religion in environmental protection is explored in the program, “Can Religion Save the Environment in China and Cambodia?,” which includes the screening of China: Searching for Sacred Mountain and Fight for Areng Valley, a New York Times Op- Doc. The Wisdom to Survive calls for humanity to confront climate change and protect earth’s life support system.

The Anacostia River: Making Connections about restoring D.C.’s Anacostia River and Green Roofs: Riversmart Rooftops are among short films telling local conservation stories, along with films about the Chesapeake Bay and farming in Virginia and Maryland. Short films on local topics will also be shown in collaboration with the inaugural Montgomery County GreenFest.

Impact films created to have a tangible effect at the personal and policy levels include Resistance, exposing the overuse of antibiotics, especially in farm animals, and the catastrophic implications for human health. RiverBlue serves as a rallying cry to the fashion industry to stop polluting rivers across the globe. Programs highlighting “Filmmakers as Catalysts for Change,” presented with The Climate Reality Project, and “Film as a Tool for Peace and Climate Change” include short films and discussion. The panel, “OK, I’ve Watched the Film, Now What?” further explores the topic of impact.

The Environmental Film Festival, now in its 23rd year,
is the leading showcase for environmental film in the United States. Presented in collaboration with over 100 local, national and global organizations, the Festival is one of the largest cooperative cultural events in Washington, D.C. Films are screened at over 55 venues throughout the Washington metropolitan area, including museums, embassies, libraries, universities and local theaters. Over 80 percent of programs are free.

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International Human Rights Film Forum (FIFDH)

The International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH), which takes place every year in March, in parallel to the UN Human Rights Council, is one of the most important events dedicated to human rights worldwide. Since its inauguration in 2003, 203’000 festival-goers have attended the Festival, including a large number of youth.

Open to all, broadcast online for free worldwide and with a large international media coverage, the Festival’s goal is to bring to light human rights violation through a dual approach: festival and forum, reuniting political actors and regular citizens, artists and filmmakers, industrialists and bankers, students and researchers, journalists and writers, victims and actors on the field. All of those, during 10 days, have the unique opportunity to make their voices heard by the big international institutions.
With this unique concept, the FIFDH is a formidable Ambassador of the spirit of Geneva. It allows us to denunciate violations ignored by the UN, to bring to light the forgotten victims, to give a voice to those to risk their lives on the field, but also to bring together various perspectives and propose concrete solutions, in order to move forward in the fight for human rights in Switzerland and across the world.

Human Rights Watch Film Festival – Washington DC

Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. We work tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep rooted change and fight to bring greater justice and security to people around the world. Through our Human Rights Watch Film Festival we bear witness to human rights violations and create a forum for courageous individuals on both sides of the lens to empower audiences with the knowledge that personal commitment can make a difference. The film festival brings to life human rights abuses through storytelling in a way that challenges each individual to empathize and demand justice for all people.

In selecting films for the festival, Human Rights Watch concentrates equally on artistic merit and human rights content. The festival encourages filmmakers around the world to address human rights subject matter in their work and presents films from both new and established international filmmakers.

Each year, the festival’s programming committee screens more than 500 films and videos to create a program that represents a range of countries and issues. Once a film is nominated for a place in the program, staff of the relevant division of Human Rights Watch also view the work to confirm its accuracy in the portrayal of human rights concerns. Though the festival rules out films that contain unacceptable inaccuracies of fact, we do not bar any films on the basis of a particular point of view.