Sunday, May 26, 2019
The 2019 Human Rights Watch Film Festival will be screening films at Lincoln Center in New York City from June 13 through June 20. According to Human Rights Watch, the film festival serves to "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."
Two of this year's films are focused on human rights in the U.S.: Accept the Call, and When We Walk.
Through the intimate story of a Somali immigrant in Minnesota and his son, Accept the Call explores racism and prejudice against immigrants, the rise of targeted recruitment by radicalized groups, and the struggles of Muslim youth growing up in the US today.
In When We Walk, a father with rapidly advancing multiple sclerosis soon learns that the harsh restrictions of the US Medicaid system prevent him from accessing the services he needs to live life as fully as possible, and from being the dad he wants to be for his young son.
Of course, the HRW Film Festival is not the only human rights film festival in the U.S. Another one to watch is the ACT Human Rights Film Festival at Colorado State University. Next year's ACT Human Rights Film Festival will be held April 3-11, 2020.