Category Archives: Human Rights Watch

March 31

HRWFF 2017: Tickling Giants

Bassem Youssef has been called the “Egyptian Jon Stewart” for his popular brand of political satire. In a country where journalists are routinely jailed, or mysteriously go missing, for exercising free speech, the surgeon turned televised comedian is truly one of a kind. As Youssef points out in Sara Taksler’s charming and poignant documentary Tickling […]

March 30

HRWFF 2017: Fantassút

Filmed at the Greece’s Idomeni refugee camp, the largest informal refugee camp in Europe, Fantassút (Rain on the Borders) is an unflinching look at the refugee crisis through the eyes of those impacted the most. Opening with a shot of the double barbed wire fence that encloses the camp, as angelic choir music plays in […]

March 29

HRWFF 2017: Complicit, Nowhere to Hide

The Toronto edition of The Human Rights Watch Film Festival kicks off today and runs until April 6th at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Screening in 20 cities around the world throughout the year, the festival uses the medium of film to highlight human rights violations around the world and those standing up to injustice. Over […]

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 […]