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Don’t Miss: Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Documentaries are fairly low in the pecking order of art-house films, although the Human Rights Watch Film Festival sets out to put to rest this oversight.

The strength of documentaries is that they are powerful film mediums which portray pure and unadulterated real-life drama, combined with strong cinematography.

This year, the 17th year of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, runs until 22 March. The programme this year includes themes such as LGBT rights, women’s and disability rights.

The festival brings to light the true beauty of the human condition, with not a Botox jab in sight. This is a chance to discover the lives of ordinary and extraordinary people on film, outside of the Hollywood setting in this age of high-definition, 3D and 4D technology.

There are 14 documentaries and five dramas, set in Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, East Timor, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jordon, Morocco, North Korea, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia and Tanzania.

For film buffs and those who want to learn more about behind-the-scenes and the art of movie making, many of the films will be followed by question and answer sessions, and discussions with filmmakers.

One of the most vividly photographed films is The Patience Stone which focuses on the plight of women ruled by archaic laws and traditions. Based on Atiq Rahimi’s drama of the same name, the action centres on the secret inner life of a woman in war-torn Afghanistan.

One of the most important aspects of the film festival is its focus on LGBT rights. The Parade, directed by Srdjan Dragojevic is an amusing take on a group who want to hold a Gay Pride parade in Belgrade, Serbia.

The second screening of The Parade on March 21 will be followed by a discussion led by Boris Dittrich, LGBT advocacy director at Human Rights Watch.

Beige will be reviewing the film soon, with further details of its general release.


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Words: Fiona Keating

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