Human Rights Watch 2018: Documentary Overview

The 29th Human Rights Watch Film Festival

June 14-21

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.


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.

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