Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2015

  

Using the Power of Film to Make a Difference

Museum of Photographic Arts Presents the Human Rights Watch Film Festival  

 

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival will come to San Diego for its fifth year with screenings scheduled at the Museum of Photographic Arts from January 22 through January 25, 2015. The Human Rights Watch Film Festival creates a forum for courageous individuals on both sides of the lens to empower audiences with the knowledge that personal commitment can make a difference. The film festival brings to life human rights abuses through storytelling in a way that challenges each individual to empathize and demand justice for all people.

 


 

 Image: Paul Wilson

SEPIDEH - REACHING FOR THE STARS
THUR, JAN. 22, 2015 I 7PM - OPENING NIGHT

Sepideh is a young Iranian woman who dares to dream of a future as an astronaut. As we follow Sepideh, it becomes clear just how at odds her dreams are with her current reality and the expectations of those around her. 

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LADY VALOR - THE KRISTIN BECK STORY
FRI, JAN. 23, 2015 I 7PM

Former US Navy SEAL Chris Beck embarks on a new mission as Kristin Beck. Kristin’s journey in search of the American ideals that she protected –life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – have a whole new meaning as she lives her life truthfully as a transgender woman.

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 Image: HBO Documentary Films

PRIVATE VIOLENCE
SAT, JAN 24, 2015 I 3PM

Private Violence explores a simple but deeply disturbing fact of American life: the most dangerous place for a woman in America is her own home.

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 Image: Lyric Cabral

OUT IN THE NIGHT
SAT, JAN. 24, 2015 I 7PM

One hot August night in 2006 in New York’s Greenwich Village, a group of young African-American lesbian friends are violently and sexually threatened by an older man. They defend themselves and a fight begins that draws in strangers on the street. Through this act, and their audacity to claim innocence in the courtroom, these young women became known as The New Jersey 4.

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RETURN TO HOMS
SUNDAY, JAN. 25, 2015 I 3PM

Filmed between August 2011 and August 2013, Return to Homs is a remarkably intimate portrait of a group of young revolutionaries in the city of Homs in western Syria. They dream of their country being free from President Bashar al-Assad and fight for justice through peaceful demonstrations.

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 Image: Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly

THE HOMESTRETCH
SUNDAY, JAN. 25, 2015 I 7PM

The Homestretch follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Each of these smart, ambitious teenagers - Roque, Kasey and Anthony - will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age.

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