Film Festival is coming to London from the 18th till the 28th March
Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. Through our Human Rights Watch Film Festival we …. create a forum for courageous individuals on both sides of the lens to empower audiences … 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.
Human Rights Watch Film Festival
Show Racism the Red Card would like to show support to the The Human Rights Watch Film Festival which opens in London this Thursday and will run till the 28/3/14. They will be showing some very interesting and important films at their event, and we hope that you’ll join us in attending some of them. This is independent film making at its best, and they will be tackling some very harrowing, very relevant social issues.
Each year the Film Festival board watch over 500 films, and whittle them down based on quality and accuracy. They do not cut films based on point of view, and as such it is a good place to perhaps see something from a difference perspective.
Of particular interest is the drama, AN EPISODE IN THE LIFE OF AN IRON PICKER (Silver Bear, Jury Grand Prix and Best Actor, Berlin Film Festival 2013), which deals with the discrimination faced by the Roma community in Bosnia. The latest drama from award-winning Bosnian director Danis Tanovic enlists a cast of non-professionals to reconstruct a harrowing personal ordeal that became a national scandal. Struggling to make ends meet as a scrap-metal forager in the remote Roma community of Poljice, Nazif Maujic's routine becomes a desperate fight for survival when his partner Senada suffers a miscarriage. Without medical insurance or the means to pay for a life-saving septicemia procedure, Senada and Nazif are denied admittance to the local hospital. So begins a hellish 10-day odyssey pitting the couple against social prejudice and a callous bureaucracy, exposing the institutional discrimination faced by Bosnia-Herzegovina's Roma minority.
It is work like this that can really make a change to social justice in the world, but in order to do so people must watch them, no matter how uncomfortable the viewing. These films are there to tell us what life is for some people, and therefore inspire action and change. It is our responsibility as members of a greater community to watch these events, and bear witness to injustice, accept that it is happening, and try to change it. Films will be shown at locations across London.
More information on the films, locations and our programme in general please see ff.hrw.org/London