The 29th Human Rights Watch Film Festival
This year’s edition of the long-running event explores vital human rights issues across 13 nonfiction and one fiction feature.
The festival is bookended by Alexandria Bombach’s Sundance award winner ON HER SHOULDERS
, on Nadia Murad’s efforts to advocate for her Yazidi people; and Anayansi Prado and Heather Courtney’s Full Frame winner THE UNAFRAID
, a portrait of courageous DACA activists.
FACING THE DRAGON
Among the potent topics addressed by this year’s slate are accountability and justice in Neary Adeline Hay’s ANGKAR
, a personal reckoning with the genocidal legacy of the Khmer Rogue; crisis and migration in Kim Hopkins’ VOICES OF THE SEA
, which profiles the dreams and struggles of a Cuban couple; and women’s rights in Sedika Mojadidi’s FACING THE DRAGON
, following two Afghan women as they strive to serve their fragile nation; as well as in DOC NYC alum NAILA AND THE UPRISING
, Julia Bacha’s surprising look at the female leaders of the First Intifada.