Using the Power of Film to Make a Difference: MOPA Presents the 2013 Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Release Date: 
October 2, 2012

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival will travel to San Diego for its third year, with screenings scheduled at the Museum of Photographic Arts from January 24 through January 28, 2013. Declared the “cinematic conscience of the world” by the New York Times, the Human Rights Watch Film Festival is designed to use the power of film to make a difference. The festival includes six films covering a wide range of current human rights issues, from the perils that reporters face on a regular basis in Tijuana to the story of a women’s basketball team in Iraq.

“The Human Rights Watch Film Festival is a great example of the power of visual images. These films change the way we see the world,” said Deborah Klochko, executive director, MOPA. “Human rights issues impact all of us and these films help open our eyes to the world. MOPA is pleased to continue our partnership with Human Rights Watch to present this important program.”

Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. It uses rigorous, objective investigations and strategic, targeted advocacy build intense pressure for action and raise the cost of human rights abuse. For more than 30 years, Human Rights Watch has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world.

“What is truly inspiring and hopeful about this year’s program is how many films showcase the powerful impact that individuals have on human rights issues on the world stage,” said John Biaggi,director of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. “These films demonstrate that committed individuals cangenerate positive and lasting change."

OPENING NIGHT: Thursday, January 24, Event begins at 6:00 pm, Film begins at 7:00 pm

Call Me Kuchu

Followed by a discussion with filmmakers Malika Zouhali-Worrall and Katherine Fairfax Wright, as well as Boris Dittrich, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender program advocacy director at Human Rights Watch.

In an office on the outskirts of Kampala, the veteran activist David Kato works to repeal Uganda's homophobic laws and liberate his fellow lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender men and women, or "kuchus." But Kato’s formidable task just became more difficult. A new "Anti-Homosexuality Bill" proposes the death penalty for HIV-positive gay men and prison for anyone who fails to turn in a known homosexual. Kato is one of the few who dare to speak out publicly against the bill.

Friday, January 25, 7:00 pm

Reportero

Followed by a moderated discussion with filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz and Nik Steinberg, a researcher at Human Rights Watch.

Reportero follows a veteran reporter, Sergio Haro, and his colleagues at Zeta, a Tijuana, Mexico-based weekly, as they work in what has become one of the most deadly places in the world to be a journalist. Despite the attacks, the paper has continued its singular brand of aggressive investigative reporting, frequently tackling dangerous subjects that other publications avoid, such as cartels' infiltration of political circles and security forces.

Saturday, January 26, 3:00 pm

Putin’s Kiss

Followed by a Q&A with Rachel Denber, deputy Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch.

Meet Masha, a 19-year-old who grew up in the Putin era, on her journey through the Kremlin-created Nashi youth movement. This coming-of-age tale focuses on Masha's personal political struggle and paints a grim picture of the Russian political climate.

Saturday, January 26, 7:00 pm

The Invisible War

Followed by a discussion with the filmmaker, Kirby Dick OR Susan Ziering; the film protagonists, Alison and Ben Clay, and Liesl Gerntholtz, Women’s Rights division director at Human Rights Watch.

The Invisible War is a groundbreaking investigative documentary about the underreported epidemic of rape within the US military. With stark clarity and escalating revelations, The Invisible War exposes the rape epidemic in the armed forces, investigating the institutions that perpetuate it as well as its profound personal and social consequences.

Sunday, January 27, 3:00 pm

Salaam Dunk

Followed by a Q&A with filmmaker David Fine.

With plenty of pop music and “girl power,” Salaam Dunk delivers a tale of hope and inspiration, about a winning group of Iraqi women basketball players at the American University in Sulaimani, Iraq. Through interviews and personal video diaries, viewers learn about the women, their families and their experiences since the US invasion in 2003.

Sunday, January 27, 7:00 pm

Brother Number One

Followed by a Q&A with James Ross, legal and policy director at Human Rights Watch.

Through New Zealander Rob Hamill's story of his brother's death at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, Brother Number One explores how the regime and its followers killed nearly 2 million Cambodians between 1975 and 1979.

SCREENING FOR TITLE I SCHOOLS

Monday, January 28, 10:00 am

Salaam Dunk

Free for Title I Schools – Call 619.238.7559 X236 to reserve.

Followed by a Q&A with filmmaker David Fine.

With plenty of pop music and “girl power,” Salaam Dunk delivers a tale of hope and inspiration, about a winning group of Iraqi women basketball players at the American University in Sulaimani, Iraq. Through interviews and personal video diaries, viewers learn about the women, their families and their experiences since the US invasion in 2003.

TICKETS: Single screening tickets for the 2013 Human Rights Watch Film Festival are $4 for MOPA Members, $6 for students, seniors and military service members and $8 for the general public. Festival passes are available for purchase and cover admission to all six festival films. Festival passes are $15 for MOPA Members, $25 for students, seniors and military service members and $35 for the general public. Reserve your tickets today at http://www.MOPA.org/hrwff.

PRESS OPPORTUNITIES: For additional information, including requests for high-res images and interviews, please contact Kristine Page at pr@MOPA.orgor 619.238.7559 X203.

ABOUT MOPA: MOPA is a center for visual learning, passionately dedicated to sharing and exploring the universal language of photography. To learn more, visit MOPA.org.

ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH: Human Rights Watchis one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, we give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes. Our rigorous, objective investigations and strategic, targeted advocacy build intense pressure for action and raise the cost of human rights abuse. For 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world. To learn more about our work or to make a donation, visit www.hrw.org.

 

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