Voices in Action: Human Rights on Film

  • May 2, 2015 — November 5, 2015

While cinema provides entertainment and escape, for many committed filmmakers and viewers it is a vital medium of engagement and a powerful tool for social action. Tackling wide-ranging, thought-provoking issues, activist filmmakers help deepen our awareness of injustice and the values of dignity and equality as they tell universal stories of struggle and triumph. We hope these informative and inspirational films will broaden understanding and stimulate involvement as they reveal the commitment, experience, and courage of hearts and minds focused on challenges that touch us all. Our thanks go to the Human Rights Watch Film Festival and other international events for showcasing of works of vitally engaged filmmakers. Thanks to KBOO FM for their promotional support.

(T)ERROR

Directed by Lyric C. Cabral, David Felix Sutcliffe

Saeed “Shariff” Torres is a 63-year-old former Black Panther-turned-counterterrorism informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (T)ERROR interweaves Shariff’s fascinating

50 Feet from Syria

Directed by Skye Fitzgerald

Syria. The word likely resonates for many of us who are following the tragic situation there. But what if it

Cartoonists: Foot Soldiers of Democracy?

Directed by Stéphanie Valloatto

Traveling five continents, Valloatto profiles a dozen men and women whose job, obligation, and clear source of joy is to

Dreamcatcher

Directed by Kim Loginotto

For 25 years Brenda Myers-Powell called herself ‘Breezy’ and she dominated her world—or that’s what she thought. In reality, this

No Land’s Song

Directed by Ayat Najafi

The Islamic revolution of 1979 banned female singers from appearing in public in Iran. They are no longer allowed to

Of Men and War

Directed by Laurent Bécue-Renard

A secret battle consumes a dozen American combat veterans long after their return from the front in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Something Better to Come

Directed by Hanna Polak

Polish filmmaker Hanna Polak was working for an NGO helping homeless children in Moscow when she befriended a ten-year-old girl

The Trials of Spring

Directed by Gini Reticker

Three courageous women in post-2011 Egypt fight for the original goals of the Arab Spring: “Bread, Freedom, and Social Justice”

We Come As Friends

Directed by Hubert Sauper

Best known for Darwin's Nightmare, a riveting investigation into the decimation of tribal culture by Western farm-fishing in Tanzania’s Lake