Mar22 2019

The film festival that brings human rights to life returns in March

From the 13th – 22nd March, The Human Rights Watch Film Festival returns to London and Regent Street Cinema is proud to be one of four host venues. The cinema will be screening films that bring human rights abuse to life and tell stories that challenge you to empathize and demand justice for all people.

If you are interested in ending human rights violations, this series of documentaries and films are not to be missed. From East Africa to Venezuela, South East Asia, the USA and beyond, the curated edit of films shown promises to highlight just some of the struggles for human rights that are taking place around the world every day. 

The screenings will all be followed by a Q&A, and will include the below:

  • 18th March, 19.30: Ghostfleet. Showing the fearless work of activist Patima Tungpuchayakul to rescue men sold to Thai fishing companies by human traffickers. The screening reveals the criminal conspiracies behind the global seafood industry.
  • 19th March, 18.15: Minding the Gap. A multi-award-winning documentary by filmmaker Bing Liu, telling the coming-of-age story of three young men. Filmed over 12 years, the film explores their desire to escape volatile family life within a town with some of the highest rates of domestic abuse in the US.
  • 19th March, 20.45: The Feeling of Being Watched. Assia Boundaoui’s neighbourhood outside of Chicago, have felt under government surveillance for over a decade. Assia sets up an investigation and discovers that her Arab-American hometown was indeed the subject of one of the largest counterterrorism investigations ever conducted in the US pre-9/11.
  • 20th March, 18.15: Anbessa. The biggest condominium complex in East Africa, on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, promises thousands of people a better way of life. The construction however is destroying the farmland of 10-year-old Asalif and his mother, leaving them with no electricity or running water. Watch Asalif’s struggle to battle forces beyond his control, and escape the stark reality of displacement.
  • 20th March, 20.30: SAF. Set in the Fikirtepe district of Istanbul, this film follows Kamil and his wife Remziye who are at risk of losing their home. Desperately in need of work, Kamil secretly accepts a construction job, displacing a Syrian refugee from the position and agreeing to work for less than other Turkish workers.
  • 21st March, 19.30: Esta Todo Bien. An exploration of the Venezuelan health system crisis by Caracas-born Tuki Jencquel. Tuki asks a pharmacist, trauma surgeon, activist and two patients to confront the same questions millions of Venezuelans are facing: protest or acquiesce, emigrate or remain, lose all hope or hang onto faith?

Further information and tickets can be found here.

Regent Street Cinema, 307 Regent St, London W1B 2HW

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