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 highlights the power of film to make a difference. The film selection process is underway. Check back soon for the final schedule, ticket information and more.





 Image: Paul Wilson

Dir. Berit Madsen / 2013 / 92min.

The expectations for a young Iranian woman are very different from Sepideh's ambitions, and her plans to go to university are in danger. But Sepideh holds on to her dream! She takes up the fight and teams up with the world's first female space tourist, Anousheh Ansari.




Dir. Sandrine Orabona and Mark Herzog / 2014 / 90min.

Kristin Beck is a former US Navy SEAL who gained public attention in 2013 when she came out as a transgender woman. After decades of fighting for American ideals, living as her true self may just be Kristin’s most challenging mission, one that helps her discover a new appreciation of liberty and happiness.



 Image: HBO Documentary Films

Dir. Cynthia Hill / 2013 / 78min.

An intimate, harrowing account of domestic violence through the eyes of two survivors. 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. Every day in the US, at least four women are murdered by abusive (and often, ex) partners. The knee-jerk response is to ask: “why doesn’t she just leave?”



 Image: Lyric Cabral

Dir. Blair Dorosh-Walther / 2014 / 77min.

Under the neon lights in a gay-friendly neighborhood of New York City, four young African-American lesbians are violently and sexually threatened by a man on the street. They defend themselves against him and are charged and convicted in the courts and in the media as a 'Gang of Killer Lesbians'.





Dir. Talal Derki / 2014 / 91min.

From 2011 to 2013, filmmaker Talal Derki followed the journey of two close friends whose lives had been upended by the battle raging in Syria. Nineteen-year-old Basset is a local soccer star—the goalkeeper for the Syrian national team. He has also become an iconic singer in the revolution. When the army cracks down and their beloved city of Homs becomes a bombed-out ghost town, these two peaceful protesters finally take up arms and transform into rebel insurgents.



 Image: Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly

Dir. Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly / 91min.

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.