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Voices in Action 2017-2018

  • January 2017 – September 2018

While cinema provides entertainment and escape, for many filmmakers and viewers it is a vital portal into reality—a medium of engagement with the world and a powerful tool for social action. Tackling wide-ranging, thought-provoking issues, activist filmmakers bring attention to injustice, the values of dignity and equality, and the price of commitment, as they tell stories of struggle and triumph. We hope that the films presented in this year’s series, many of them showcased in the Human Rights Watch Film Festivals in New York and London, broaden understanding and stimulate involvement as they reveal the inspiration and courage of individuals whose hearts and minds are focused on our many shared challenges.

Mon, Jul 23

The Other Side of Everything

Directed by Mila Turajlić

Turajlić’s probing documentary is part portrait of her mother, the dissident academic Srbijanka Turajlić, and part portrait of a country

500 Years

Directed by Pamela Yates

Completing her epic trilogy about Guatemala, which launched with When the Mountains Tremble (1983), a film that contributed to the

Dolores

Directed by Peter Bratt

The dynamic speaker Cesar Chavez first comes to mind when considering the decades of work of the United Farmworkers Union

Granito: How To Nail A Dictator

Directed by Pamela Yates

Sometimes a film doesn’t just document history, it makes history. Such is the case with Granito. Part political thriller, part

Jackson

Directed by Maisie Crow

What is life like in a place where the anti-abortion movement has made access to legal abortion almost impossible? In

Night School

Directed by Andrew Cohn

Following three adult students—Melissa, Shynika, and Greg—through their year in a high school diploma program in Indianapolis, Cohn’s tender, empathetic

No Man’s Land

Directed by David Byars

In January 2016, a well-armed band of anti-government militants led by the sons of renegade rancher Cliven Bundy took control

On Her Shoulders

Directed by Alexandria Bombach

Winner of the Directing Award for U.S. Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, Alexandria Bombach’s film captures the vital urgency

Perception: From Prison to Purpose with Measure 11: The Law & Its Consequences

Directed by Various

Following the film there will be a panel discussion on youth justice and Measure 11 with Noah Schultz, Youth Advocate;

Rat Film

Directed by Theo Anthony

Anthony’s debut feature is a clear-eyed, probing examination of twin issues both historically and currently affecting the city of Baltimore:

The Force

Directed by Peter Nicks

Winner of the Documentary Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival, Peter Nicks (The Waiting Room) spent two years embedded

When the Mountains Tremble

Directed by Pamela Yates

When the Mountains Tremble remains a compelling testimony to the struggle of the largely Mayan Indian population in . In