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Human Rights Watch Film Festival & Barbican Cinema On Demand have announced the streaming programme for this year’s online event (18 to 26 MAR 2021).

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As we wrote in our previous coverage of Barbican’s Cinema On Demand, “This could well be one of those rare advantages of the cinema shutdown as [Human Rights Watch Film Festival] normally sells out way in advance…”.

The festival devoted to docs about global human rights issues has taken to streaming for its 25th edition which includes a programme of 10 features and associated discussions with filmmakers and activists. There’s a limited number of bookings available for each film (which cost £10 each) but you have the whole runtime of the festival to watch your title.

Money-saving festival passes are also limited in supply (but give you a chance to see all 10 films in the festival for £75). Passes were still available when we posted this article, but do get clicking. You have to book separately for the FREE Q&As with filmmakers, participants and activists which will take place on Zoom most days of the festival (follow the links below).

The organisers had this to say about their programme:

“We highlight powerful and uplifting stories of those demanding justice, equality, and safety for themselves, their communities, and future generations. With a collection of films that celebrate the power of activism through mass collective movements, there’s plenty to get inspired by.”

HRWFF & Barbican

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Quick links to the venue/box office.

This is a film still from THE 8TH (2020).

THE 8TH

d. Aideen Kane, Lucy Kennedy, & Maeve O’Boyle, 2020/Ireland

“Capturing a crucial moment in women’s rights, this is the story of how Ireland overturned one of the world’s most restrictive laws on abortion.” BOOK NOW

FREE Q&A with filmmakers & participants (18 MAR 20:30 – Zoom). BOOK NOW

This is a film still from BELLY OF THE BEAST (2020).

BELLY OF THE BEAST

d. Erika Cohn, 2020/USA

“When two brave women find a pattern of illegal involuntary sterilisations in California’s women’s prisons, they launch a battle against the system.” BOOK NOW

FREE Q&A with the filmmaker (19 MAR 20:30 – Zoom). BOOK NOW

This is a film still from A THOUSAND CUTS (2020).

A THOUSAND CUTS

d. Ramona S Diaz, 2020/USA

“Nowhere is the erosion of democracy and the power of social media in politics more evident than in the Philippines.” BOOK NOW

FREE Q&A with the filmmaker & participants (20 MAR 14:00 – Zoom). BOOK NOW

This is a film still from I AM SAMUEL (2020).

I AM SAMUEL

d. Peter Murimi, 2020/Kenya

“Samuel, a gay Kenyan man, balances duty to his family with his love for his partner, Alex, in a country where their love is criminalised.” BOOK NOW

FREE Q&A with filmmaker & activists (20 MAR 20:30 – Zoom). BOOK NOW

This is a film still from THE NEW CORPORATION: THE UNFORTUNATELY NECESSARY SEQUEL (2020).

THE NEW CORPORATION: THE UNFORTUNATELY NECESSARY SEQUEL

d. Joel Bakan & Jennifer Abbott, 2020/Canada

“There is a new spirit out there saying: 500 years of colonialism is enough. 200 years of corporate rule is enough.” BOOK NOW

FREE Q&A with the filmmakers (21 MAR 17:00 – Zoom). BOOK NOW

This is a film still from BAJO FUEGO aka Under Siege (2020).

BAJO FUEGO aka Under Siege

d. Sjoerd Van Grootheest & Irene Vélez-Torres, 2020/Colombia

“In November 2016, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the office of President Juan Manuel Santos signed the Colombian peace deal.” BOOK NOW

FREE Q&A with the filmmakers (21 MAR 20:30 – Zoom). BOOK NOW

This is a film still from A LA CALLE aka To The Street (2020).

A LA CALLE aka To The Street

d. Nelson G. Navarrete & Maxx Caicedo, 2020/USA

“A LA CALLE is a first-hand account of the extraordinary efforts of Venezuelans to reclaim their democracy from the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro.” BOOK NOW

FREE Q&A with filmmakers & participants (23 MAR 20:30 – Zoom). BOOK NOW

This is a film still from THE LESSON (2020).

THE LESSON

d. Elena Horn, 2020/Germany

“It is often said that those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.” BOOK NOW

FREE Q&A with the filmmaker (24 MAR 20:30 – Zoom). BOOK NOW

This is a film still from MUJER DE SOLDADO aka Soldier’s Woman (2020).

MUJER DE SOLDADO aka Soldier’s Woman

d. Patricia Wiesse Risso, 2020/Peru

“Magda Surichaqui Cóndor was a teenager when soldiers arrived in her small Peruvian village in 1984.” BOOK NOW

FREE Q&A with the filmmaker (25 MAR 20:30 – Zoom). BOOK NOW

This is a film still from UNAPOLOGETIC (2020).

UNAPOLOGETIC

d. Ashley O’Shay, 2020/USA

“This is a profound and necessary story ripe for a country, and indeed a global reckoning, with racial injustice.” BOOK NOW

FREE Q&A with the filmmaker & participants (26 MAR 20:30). BOOK NOW

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