Human Rights Watch Film Festival
I Am Sun Mu
Since fleeing his native North Korea to defect to the South, former propaganda artist Sun Mu has criticized the repressive regime of Kim Jong-un through his own unique brand of satirical pop art.
The Pearl Button
The great Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán (The Battle of Chile, Nostalgia for the Light) chronicles the history of the indigenous peoples of Chilean Patagonia, whose decimation by colonial conquest prefigured the brutality of the Pinochet regime.
Attacking the Devil: Harold Evans and the Last Nazi War Crime
The editor of The Sunday Times during the heyday of investigative journalism, Sir Harold Evans spent over a decade fighting for compensation for the victims of thalidomide, a Nazi-developed drug whose postwar exploitation by British drug companies led to tens of thousands of children being born with serious defects.
Winner of the Palme d'Or at last year's Cannes, this powerful drama from director Jacques Audiard (A Prophet, Rust & Bone) follows a former Tamil Tiger soldier as he flees from the aftermath of the Sri Lankan civil war to begin a new life in a Parisian suburb.
Once a diesel-chugging homesteader, Dayne Pratzsky became an accidental activist when his determination to protect his property and the local environment from Australia's fracking industry led to him becoming a standard-bearer of grassroots resistance to the multinational energy giants.
Both a real-life courtroom thriller and a moving human drama, The Uncondemned tells the gripping story of a group of young international lawyers, activists, and Rwandan women who fought to have rape recognized as a war crime.
Inside the Chinese Closet
Touching and troubling in equal measure, Inside the Chinese Closet explores the world of Shanghai's "fake-marriage fairs," where gay men and lesbian women meet to strike matrimonial deals with members of the opposite sex in order to satisfy social and familial expectations.
Gennadiy Mokhnenko has won accolades for his work rescuing abused, drug- and alcohol-addicted kids from the streets of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, but his methods — including abduction and de facto imprisonment — have made him a figure of much controversy.