The 19th edition of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in London will be returning to Curzon Soho and other venues from 18 to 27 March 2015 with a programme of 16 award-winning documentary and feature films.
The programme kicks off with opening night at Curzon Soho on Thursday 19 March with the UK premiere of The Yes Men are Revolting attended by director Laura Nix and the notorious activists at the heart of the film, the Yes Men. For the last 20 years, the Yes Men have staged hoaxes to draw international attention to corporate crimes against humanity and the environment, exposing the dangers of letting greed run our world. In their third cinematic outing (after The Yes Men and The Yes Men Fix The World), they are now well into their 40s, and their mid-life crises are threatening to drive them out of activism forever – even as they prepare to take on the biggest challenge they've ever faced: climate change.
Across the rest of the thought-provoking programme, the Curzon Soho will be screening the festival's centrepiece film; the European premiere of Beyond My Grandfather Allende, a highly personal documentary made by the granddaughter of Salvador Allende, Marcia Tambutti Allende, who will attend festival screenings.
Other highlights include two documentaries that reflect on the powerful role of culture as a force for resilience and resistance; François Verster's The Dream of Shahrazad and Ayat Najafi's political thriller and musical journey No Land's Song, which follows brave musician Sara Najafi as rallies against the banning of female soloists from appearing in public, made illegal in the Islamic revolution of 1979.
Curzon Soho are also proud to host the International Premiere of Burden of Peace, which follows Guatemala's first female attorney general, Claudia Paz y Paz. After taking office, Claudia Paz became internationally renowned for her spectacular results, including the arrest of a former head of state charged with genocide. But what was the personal cost? Also looking to Latin America, Andreas M. Dalsgaard's Life is Sacred reveals how the unorthodox presidential candidate Antanas Mockus and his enthusiastic young activist supporters attempt to reverse the vicious cycle of violence that is part of everyday life in Colombia.
Don't miss the exclusive preview screening of What Tomorrow Brings, which follows one year in the life of the first all-girls school in a remote, conservative Afghan village. The Shelter is the third part of Fernand Melgar's documentation of the migrant experience in Europe following The Fortress and Emmy-nominated Special Flight. And, in the thriller-like Uyghurs: Prisoners of the Absurd Patricio Henríquez lays bare the worrisome drifts in the global economic war and the fight against terrorism. All the directors will be in attendance to answer your questions after the screenings.
"This year's festival features many determined, brave individuals who have made huge personal sacrifices to bring about change", said John Biaggi, director of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. "Nearly every film in this year's festival celebrates the power of individuals and communities to challenge and interrupt the status quo".
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