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Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Ján Kuciak #PressFreedom

Nobody should pay the highest price for living in freedom!

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Dr. Mohammad Khalid Hamza - Ghouta

“What would you say to a child that says ‘I can’t wait to die because God has food for us’?”
Source: Sky News

Gianluca Costantini draws for HRW Film Festival in London

7 - 16 March 2018
Barbican, BFI Southbank, Regent Street Cinema and RIBA

View our programme and trailer in the Press Room!

Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. We work tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep rooted change and fight to bring greater justice and security to people around the world. Through our Human Rights Watch Film Festival we bear witness to human rights violations and create 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.

The HRW Film Festival currently screens in over 20 cities around the world throughout the year. The festival's programming committee operates out of the New York office to screen more than 500 films each year. Through a rigorous vetting process, that includes review by Human Rights Watch’s programmatic staff, the festival chooses approximately 40 films each year to participate in our various festivals. It is then up to the particular city and its programming committee to choose films from this final selection for their specific festival.

In selecting films for the festival, Human Rights Watch concentrates equally on artistic merit and human rights content. The festival encourages filmmakers around the world to address human rights subject matter in their work and presents films from both new and established international filmmakers. Though the festival rules out films that contain unacceptable inaccuracies of fact, we do not bar any films on the basis of a particular point of view. Please note that we do not accept films via open submissions. If you have any questions, please email

Io sto con il GUS!

MACERATA, 26/02/2018 – Alle tre di pomeriggio, in pieno orario di lavoro, una o più persone hanno attaccato la sede del GUS di Piazza Mazzini. Un gesto che, si alimenta delle falsità, insinuazioni e calunnie di questi mesi e che trova protezione e silenzi accordanti nei troppi “se” e nei troppi “ma”.

Un’azione violenta contro chi si occupa di accoglienza e integrazione ed è da mesi sotto il mirino di chi soffia sul fuoco per ottenere un facile tornaconto elettorale, qualche decimale di share e dei click sui social network.

Da mesi il GUS è oggetto di polemiche e di attacchi strumentali, in particolare dopo i fatti di cronaca accaduti a Macerata. Vogliamo ripeterlo con forza e fermezza: il GUS è un’associazione che crede nella pace e nel dialogo, e non si fermerà di fronte ad un gesto violento e vigliacco. Continuiamo in ciò che è giusto, senza “indugi”.

Monday, 26 February 2018

Women of the Venezuelan Chaos - Margarita Cadenas #HRWFF London

Embodying strength and stoicism, five Venezuelan women from diverse backgrounds each draw a portrait of their country as it suffers under the worst crisis in its history amid extreme food and medicine shortages, a broken justice system, and widespread fear. The women share what life is really like for them and their families as the truth of the country’s difficulties are repeatedly denied by the government. Featuring stunning visuals and creative soundscapes, Women of the Venezuelan Chaos presentsa uniquely beautiful country and people, who remain resilient and resourceful despite the immense challenges they face.

The Workers Cup - Adam Sobel #HRWFF London

With unprecedented access to FIFA’s 2022 World Cup stadium construction sites and labour camps in Qatar, The Workers Cup follows one group of men from among the 1.6 million migrant workers preparing for the world’s largest sporting event. In the shadows of the controversial building sites, the men enthusiastically train to compete in a football tournament of their own: The Workers Cup. Exposing long work hours for scant salaries, limited freedom of movement, and harsh living conditions in isolated labour camps, this documentary explores universal themes of ambition, aspiration, sport, and masculinity, as the protagonists wrangle hope, meaning, and opportunity out of their extremely precarious circumstances. Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival 2017 http://www.theworkerscupfilm.com

Whose Streets? - Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis Wolff #HRWFF London

"When all of this is gone, when the lights, the cameras, all of that, is gone, I have to live here… The history that I have between these people and myself will not be eradicated." - Tef Poe, film subject, Whose Streets?
"We are raising activists, we have to create a generation of activists if there's gonna be any change." – Aurellia Davis-Whitt, film subject, Whose Streets?
Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising in the US. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police on 9th August, 2014 and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri. Grief, long-standing racial tensions, and renewed anger bring residents together, and as the national guard descends on Ferguson with military grade weaponry, young community members become the torchbearers of a new resistance. Whose Streets? is a powerful battle cry from a generation fighting, not for their civil rights, but for the right to live. Grand Jury Prize Nominee, Sundance Film Festival, 2017 http://www.whosestreets.com

The poetess - Stefanie Brockhaus and Andreas Wolff #HRWFF London

"When you isolate women, you isolate the soul of the whole society." – Hissa Hilal, film subject, The Poetess

Saudi poetess Hissa Hilal made headlines around the world as the first woman to reach the finals of the Arab world’s biggest televised poetry competition, “Million’s Poet.” The Poetess is the inspiring story of a woman risking her personal safety and seizing an opportunity, live on TV in front of 75 million viewers, to use her wit and lyricism to critique patriarchal society and religious extremism, and to urge for a more peaceful Islam.

President, or Emperor? 主席还是皇帝?

Xi Jinping pushes China back to one-man rule. Continue

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Team USA wins first-ever Gold in curling a the 2018 Winter Olympics!

'How did this happen?'

CNN's Sherisse Pham bumped into Sarah Shuster, husband of US curler John Shuster , just minutes after Team USA claimed gold.

"I thought: 'How did this happen,'" she said, before revealing that her husband had been crying during the round robin after two poor performances.

Such was his disappointment, he wanted another curler to throw the last rocks in the final game.

"And to go from that to this," Sarah said, smiling the biggest smile.

Drawing for CNN | CNN Sport

Dream team | CNN

Italian artist Gianluca Costantini has been drawing PyeongChang 2018 for CNN.

Today he turned his attention away from the ice and snow and into the studio, drawing skiing superstar Mikaela Shiffrin with CNN Sport duo Coy Wire and Christina Macfarlane.

You can watch their full interview here.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

They are trapped. They are starved. They are killed.

This is the reality for hundreds of civilians in #EasternGhouta today, who are suffering under daily attacks →

Verità per GIulio Regeni alla SISSA - Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati

"Giulio Regeni was a scientist like us. We hope his cruel death may serve to focus our attention on the need to respect human rights."
Una targa dedicata a Giulio Regeni alla SISSA - Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Το ΜέΡΑ25 αποτελεί το νέο Ελληνικό κόμμα του Γιάνη Βαρουφάκη, σε συνεργασία με το Πανευρωπαϊκό Κίνημα DiEM25 (fan page).

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Paolo Anselmi - GfK Eurisko | WWF Italia

#TuttiXTerra. Il 21 febbraio presentiamo
la Terza edizione del Festival dei Diritti Umani di Milano
6 febbraio 2018

Una. Per tutti. Non per pochi.

Diritti e Terra. È il messaggio che lancerà il tema portante della terza edizione del Festival dei Diritti Umani di Milano, alla Triennale dal 20 al 24 marzo 2018.

#TuttiXTerra è il nome dell’anteprima del nostro Festival, che si svolgerà il 21 febbraio in Cascina Cuccagna a Milano dalle ore 18.00. sarà un momento aperto a tutti. Danilo De Biasio, Direttore del Festival dei Diritti Umani, dialogherà con:
Paolo Anselmi, Vice Presidente Gfk Eurisko e Consigliere Nazionale WWF Italia
Paolo Cognetti, Scrittore e vincitore del Premio Strega 2017
Andrea Di Stefano, Direttore Valori
Piero Pelizzaro, Chief Resilience Officer Comune di Milano
Alessandra Savini, Ricercatrice Università Milano Bicocca

Interverrano anche:
Paolo Bernasconi, Presidente Reset-Diritti Umani
Giancarlo Bosetti, Segretario Generale Reset-Diritti Umani
Leonardo Brogioni, Curatore Sezione FDUFoto
Pierfrancesco Majorino, Assessore Politiche Sociali Comune di Milano
Barbara Meggetto, Presidente Legambiente-Lombardia
Antonio Prata, Curatore Sezione Film
Carlotta Sami, Portavoce UNHCR
Lucia Gotti Venturato, Presidente Sole Luna Doc Film Festival

Friday, 16 February 2018

Nnamdi Kanu and Femi Fani-Kayode

You saw it all coming and you warned us but we refused to listen. Our eyes have finally opened and now we know better.I miss you my brother. Men of vision, courage and strength are few in our land.Wherever you are and whatever they have done to you know this:u shall live forever!

Thursday, 8 February 2018

FemAnonFatal is a Collective

•FemAnonFatal is a Collective• NOT an individual movement NOT a place for self promotion NOT a place for HATE BUT a place for SISTERHOOD It Is A place to Nurture Revolution Read Our Manifesto @ •You Should Have Expected Us•

A message from FemAnonFatal.

For Far too long we were made to stand behind the backs of those who thought they can control our voice. That it was their place to tell us how to talk, what to wear and who to fuck, when and how to vote, what defines a woman and what is equality. They have never seen us as equals! They silenced us, defending themselves in a public eye and held panels to talk about our reproductive right and out bodies.
This is FemAnonFatal.

We raise the flag of our sisters around the world in solidarity with women who fought, who were prosecuted and died for us to have a voice today. For women who stand shoulder to shoulder at protests and rallies, who educate and support one another, who fight for equal pay and a right to choose, who understand the struggle of childcare and a choice of not having children. Who do not victimise but praise women’s courage to speak out, who listen, who fight, who are selfless and open-minded. For every girl and every woman around the world who knows the struggle of womanhood. Women who are being force into marriages, raped, harassed, women who live with trauma of genital mutilation. Women who are forbidden to make their own decision and are force fed lies about the existence of equality. Women who are being brainwashed by society to the point of becoming anti-feminist.
We Had Enough!
For those who caged women in basements, for sex tourists.
For those who sold us like property in advertisement or sex industry, for those who see women only as servants to their sexual fantasies or agendas.
For those who fear us so they beat and silence us..
For those who think this is all it takes to be a man, that use their masculinity to rape, maim, torture and control women.
For those who prey on children and the fragile.
For sex traffickers - To those we have only one thing to say - You Should Have Expected Us!
FemAnonFatal is a collective.

NOT an individual movement
NOT a place for self promotion
NOT a place for HATE
BUT a place for SISTERHOOD
It Is A place to Nurture The/A Revolution
Let Us write A New Chapter in Herstroy
Our Goal is One Voice to Unite Many - The Time Is NOW!
Take Action:

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

The Long Season - Leonard Retel Helmrich #HRWFF London

In the Beqaa Valley of Lebanon lies refugee camp Majdal Anjar, where a small community of the country’s approximately 1.2 million Syrian refugees live. Award-winning director (Shape of the MoonPosition Among the Stars) Leonard Retel Helmrich spent a year-and-a-half following a handful of lively and resilient characters: a love-sick young man, eager to marry despite his elders’ sharp discouragement; a conflicted teacher, passionate about her work at the camp but under pressure to return to her husband and the dangers that await her in Syria; and a family torn apart when a husband marries a second wife. Using his renowned single shot technique, Helmrich’s incredibly intimate film captures daily life for those whose futures are postponed by war. |

Silas - Anjali Nayar and Hawa Essuman #HRWFF London

“When they tear down the trees and strip the land, they tear down our people and strip away their lives.” - Silas Siakor, film subject, Silas

When the rights to almost a quarter of Liberia’s land are signed away to multinational corporations, activist Silas Siakor and a network of dedicated citizen reporters respond with swift action. Armed with mobile phone cameras, Silas and his team travel from village to village, working with local communities to document the government-approved pillaging of Liberia’s natural resources, as it wreaks havoc on the environment and impoverishes families. As the battle for accountability gains momentum, rural communities unite to protect their land and their future. Silas celebrates the true power of individuals to fight the immense power of money and politics. Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2017 |

The Force - Peter Nicks #HRWFF London

The Force presents a deep look inside the long-troubled Oakland Police Department in California as it struggles to confront federal demands for reform amid layers of inefficiency, corruption, and civil unrest after the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. A young police chief, hailed as a reformer, is brought in to complete the turnaround at the very moment the #BlackLivesMatter movement emerges to demand police accountability and racial justice in Oakland and across the nation. Despite growing public distrust, the Oakland Police Department is garnering national attention as a model of police reform. But just as the department is on the verge of a breakthrough, the man charged with turning it around faces the greatest challenge of his career—one that not only threatens progress already made, but the very authority of the institution itself. U.S. Documentary Directing Award, Sundance Film Festival 2017 |

Monday, 5 February 2018

This is Congo - Daniel McCabe #HRWFF London

A whistleblower, a patriotic military commander, a mineral dealer, and a displaced tailor share a glimpse of life amid Africa’s longest continuing conflict. Over the last two decades, the Democratic Republic of Congo has seen more than 5 million conflict-related deaths, multiple changes of government, and the wholesale impoverishment of its people. This is Congo provides an immersive and unfiltered look at this lush, mineral-rich country, from the rise of Rwandan and Ugandan-backed M23 rebels in the North Kivu region of Congo in 2012 to the present day via four profoundly resilient characters. |

Naila and the Uprising - Julia Bacha #HRWFF London

"We can’t be free as women unless we’re in a free country. And even if we are free of the occupation, we can’t know freedom as long as we are subjugated in our own society." - Sama Aweidah, film subject, Naila and the Uprising

When an uprising breaks out in the Occupied Palestinian Territories in 1987, a young woman in Gaza must make a choice between love, family, and freedom. Naila and the Uprising chronicles the remarkable real-life journey of Naila Ayesh, a key figure in the First Intifada, which forced the world to recognize the Palestinian right to self-determination for the first time. Using evocative animation, intimate interviews, and exclusive archival footage, this film tells the story the mainstream media missed: of a courageous clandestine women’s movement at the head of Palestinians’ struggle for freedom, bringing out of anonymity the courageous women activists whose contributions and sacrifices changed history but whose stories have remained untold until now.

Muhi Generally Temporary - Rina Castelnuovo and Tamir Elterman #HRWFF London

Muhi, a young boy from Gaza, has been trapped in an Israeli hospital for over eight years. Rushed there in his infancy with a life-threatening immune disorder, he and his doting grandfather, Abu Naim, are caught in an immigration limbo and only permitted to reside within the constraints of the hospital walls. Made by two filmmakers from Jerusalem, this documentary lays out the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in human terms, documenting the impact these paradoxical circumstances have on individual lives. |

Insha'allah Democracy - Mohammed Naqvi #HRWFF London

“What I’ve learned through making Insha’Allah Democracy is that participation in the democratic process is critical to reforming it. Walls and bans won't defeat terrorism, but finding our own democratic voice will.” - Mohammed Naqvi, Director, Insha’Allah Democracy

Filmmaker Mo Naqvi will vote for the first time during Pakistan's elections. But Mo has a tough choice: vote for religious hardliners or for the secular liberal leader, Pervez Musharraf, who happens to be a former military dictator. With exclusive access to Musharraf, one of the world’s most polarizing leaders, Naqvi uses humor, self-reflection, and insight to chronicle one voter's journey to find out if democracy is achievable in a country undergoing political and religious upheaval.

Ava - Sadaf Foroughi #HRWFF London

This timely, coming of age story follows Ava, a teenage girl whose life is dictated by the constraints of her conservative, patriarchal community in Tehran. After an act of betrayal by her mother, Ava feels increasingly compelled to rebel against the strictures imposed by her parents, her school, and societal norms in Iran that stifle female creativity and self-expression. This visually stunning film offers a searing social critique of the wider discrimination against women, while featuring a strong and complex female character pushed to the limits as she fights to find her voice. FIPRESCI Discovery Award, Toronto International Film Festival 2017; Eight nominations including Best Motion Picture, Canadian Screen Awards 2018

A Cambodian Spring - Chris Kelly #HRWFF London

“If we confront our fears, then we can be brave. But if we try to run away from our problems, then our problems will follow us.” - Venerable Luon Sovath, film subject, A Cambodian Spring, Winner of the Human Rights Watch Hellman-Hammett Grant

Buddhist monk and award-winning activist Venerable Luon Sovath is harassed, censored, and evicted by his own religious leaders when he becomes a key figure in the land-rights protests that led up to the “Cambodian Spring” beginning in 2013. Two fearless women, children in tow, take charge and lead the growing movement in their community, repeatedly facing imprisonment and violence. Shot over six years, A Cambodian Spring is an intimate portrait of three people caught up in the chaotic and aggressive sweep of forced evictions and land grabbing in the name of “economic progress”. The film charts the complexities, both political and personal, of fighting for what you believe, asking the audience: how much would you be willing to sacrifice? Special Jury Prize for International Feature Documentary, Hot Docs 2017 |

Sunday, 4 February 2018

12 Days - Raymond Depardon #HRWFF London

Every year in France, 92,000 people are placed under psychiatric care without their consent. By law, the hospital has 12 days to bring each patient before a judge. Relying on little information beyond doctor recommendations, a crucial decision must be made: will the patient be forced to stay or granted the freedom to leave? Focusing primarily on these public hearings, renowned filmmaker and photographer Raymond Depardon captures the raw and vulnerable interactions at the border of justice and psychiatry, humanity and bureaucracy. Absorbing and thought-provoking, 12 Days gives a platform to those whose voices are so rarely considered. Golden Eye Prize, Cannes Film Festival 2017

Thursday, 1 February 2018

A people who aspire to be free - Li Wei - FIFDH 2018

"I cannot help but think about what a society brings to its people: a turbulent, unstable world, a lack of security. But I prefer to think about society through its people. A people who aspire to be free.” Li Wei