Category Archives: Human Rights Watch

February 23

Provocative Tales Highlighted at Human Rights Watch Film Festival

TIFF® and Human Rights Watch co-present Toronto’s 14th annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival, with a poignant eight-film lineup that galvanizes an impassioned call for social change through extraordinary stories of struggle, survival and hope. Showcasing brave cinematic works at the forefront of the human rights movement, the festival presents documentary feature films from Afghanistan, […]

March 03

Powerful Stories of Struggle and Survival at Human Rights Watch Film Festival

TIFF® and Human Rights Watch co-present the 13th annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival in Toronto, with a galvanic lineup of eight films that recount empowering stories of survival, resilience and hope. The festival showcases brave cinematic works at the forefront of the human rights movement, from countries including China, Chile, the United Kingdom, South […]

April 04

HRWFF 2015: Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story

Christopher Beck retired from the United States Navy in 2011 after 20 years of service. During his time as a Navy SEAL, Beck was involved in the first Gulf War as well as tours of duty in Bosnia, Serbia and Afghanistan. Not only was Beck present for the fall of Saddam Hussein, he was also […]

April 01

HRWFF 2015: Burden of Peace

Burden of Peace opens with a grainy televised clip of former dictator Efraín Rios Montt speaking to the Guatemalan people. He is preaching for the need to be ruthless when dealing with communist enemies. The image is followed with a couple of soldiers in Ríos Montt’s army remarking that the concept of “human rights” is […]

April 01

HRWFF Review: The Patience Stone

A slow tracking shot of a quiet room with curtains featuring birds brings us into Atiq Rahimi’s The Patience Stone. The tranquil setting is violently interrupted by a bomb going off. The blast is followed by gunfire that appears to be coming from just outside. The scene then shifts to the two people in the […]

March 29

HRWFF Review: Camp 14: Total Control Zone

There are currently over 200,000 people in labour camps in North Korea. Citizens can end up in a labour camp for any number of reasons including: violent acts, misdemeanor offences for openly opposing the government. Some unfortunate prisoners have ended up in a camp for mistakenly rolling a cigarette with a newspaper that happened to […]