We hope you will join us for the upcoming Human Rights Watch Film Festival, taking place in Balboa Park from Thursday to Sunday of next week, January 22-25.
Each film will be followed by Q&A with either the filmmakers, the film subjects or a Human Rights Watch field researcher. Please see full information below, and thank you for helping us spread the word by forwarding this email to friends and colleagues.
Have a wonderful 2015 from all of us at Human Rights watch,
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.
Please visit MOPA.org/hrwff for additional information and to purchase tickets. Festival passes cover admission to all six festival screenings. Passes and single screening tickets are available online and at the door.
SEPIDEH – REACHING FOR THE STARS
Opening Night: Thursday, January 22
7pm: Film screening and Q&A with assistant director Mona Rafatzadeh, and Faraz Sanei, Researcher, Middle East & North Africa Division, Human Rights Watch.
Moderated by Jennifer Freeman, Senior Program Officer, Women, Peace and Security Women PeaceMakers Program Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, USD
9pm: Dessert reception
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.
LADY VALOR: THE KRISTIN BECK STORY
Friday, January 23, 7pm
Q&A with film subject Kristin Beck
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.
Saturday, January 24, 3pm
Q&A with film subject Kit Gruelle, Anne O'Dell, Ret. Sgt. SDPD
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.
OUT IN THE NIGHT
Saturday, January 24, 7pm
Q&A with film subjects Terrain Dandridge and Renata Hill
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.
RETURN TO HOMS
Sunday, January 25, 3 pm
Q&A with James Gelvin, Professor of History, UCLA and Faraz Sanei, Researcher, Middle East & North Africa Division, Human Rights Watch
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.
Sunday, January 25, 7pm
Q&A with filmmaker Anne de Mare
The Homestretch follows three homeless teens in Chicago as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future.
The San Diego presentation of the Human Rights Watch Film Filmmakers and HRW staff accommodations provided by The Sofia Hotel.
The link for the website and tickets, etc is still: mopa.org/hrwff
Visit ff.hrw.org for more info
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