Abortion, Russia among the documentary subjects of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Documentaries examining access to abortion, the crackdown on political activism in Russia, protests against climate change and religious persecution are just some of the topics that will be presented at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2022from Friday until May 26.

Now in its 33rd year, the festival will feature both in-person screenings in New York (at the Film at Lincoln Center and the IFC Center) and via a digital edition streaming nationwide.

Presentations will also include discussions with filmmakers, film subjects, activists and researchers from Human Rights Watch, an organization dedicated to bringing to light human rights abuses around the world.

Here are the descriptions of the films that will be presented. (Not all have been previewed at press time.)


“The Battle of Clarisse” (World Premiere)

Director Tamara Perkins follows organizer Clarissa Doutherd, a single mother, who leads a coalition of parents fighting for childcare and early education – while raising her son and dealing with a health crisis.

In-person screenings: May 21, 22 (Lincoln Center). Digital screening: May 20-26.

To watch a trailer for “Clarissa’s Battle”, click on the video player below:


Clarissa 2021 Battle Teaser by
Tamara Perkins on
Vimeo


“Delikado” (New York premiere)

A group of environmental activists on the island of Palawan in the Philippines aims to end illegal rainforest logging by carrying out citizen arrests of loggers and confiscating their chainsaws. (A lawyer for the team swears it’s legal.) But as they face death at the hands of the developers, their allies among local politicians find themselves targeted by President Rodrigo Duterte, who accuses them of engaging in drug trafficking – a virtual, extra – judicial death sentence.

Karl Malakunas’ film takes us into the desperate struggle between environmental defenders and those who use violence or the threat of violence to suppress political opposition.

In-person screenings: May 22 (Lincoln Center), May 24 (IFC Center). Digital screening: May 20-26.

To watch a trailer for “Delikado”, click on the video player below:


Delikado 2022 movie trailer by
Michael Collins on
Youtube


“Eternal Spring” (US premiere)

In 2002, Chinese Falun Gong members hijacked a state television station to counter government propaganda by airing an infomercial about the banned spiritual group. When the police raided the whole city of Changchun, a Falun Gong practitioner, comic book illustrator Daxiong, fled to North America. Later, he met the only other surviving participant of the hijacking, then living in South Korea. Together they use testimonials, illustrations and 3D animations to tell a story of censorship and religious persecution.

In-person screenings: May 23 (Lincoln Center). May 24 (IFC Center). Digital screening: May 20-26.

To watch a trailer for “Eternal Spring”, click on the video player below:


Hot Docs 2022 Trailer: ETERNAL SPRINGTIME by
HotDocsFest on
Youtube


“The Janes”

Shown at the recent Sundance Film Festival, “The Janes” tells the story of an underground network of women who helped facilitate safe and affordable abortions in pre-Roe v. Wade, at a time when abortion was a felony in the state.

Directed by Oscar nominee Tia Lessin (“Trouble the Water”) and Emmy nominee Emma Pildes (“Jane Fonda in Five Acts”), the film offers first-hand accounts from women involved in the underground group, including many speak for the first time.

In-person screening: May 26 (IFC Center). Digital screening: May 20-26. Debuts on HBO Max starting June 8.

To watch a trailer for “The Janes”, click on the video player below:


The Janes | Official trailer | HBO by
HBO on
Youtube


“Midwives” (New York premiere)

Filmed in western Myanmar during years of tension between the ruling Buddhist majority and the Rohingya minority, the moving story of Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing chronicles the relationship between the Buddhist owner of a medical clinic and her apprentice midwife Muslim Rohingya, who strive to provide basic health care services to Muslim women (who are persecuted and denied their basic rights elsewhere) at the cost of their own safety. Winner, World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award (Excellence in Verité Filmmaking), Sundance Film Festival.

In-person screenings: May 21 (Lincoln Center), May 23 (IFC Center). Digital screening: May 20-26.


“The New Case of Greatness” (World Premiere)

Filmmaker Anna Shishova follows the case of several young Russians who find themselves arrested and tried as terrorists, after a suspected undercover FSB agent rounds them up to form a group believed to promote violent extremism with the aim of overthrowing the Russian government. In the process, teenage mother Anya transforms from an ardent Putin supporter into a political activist herself.

Shishova’s interviews with Anya and her family, combined with hidden camera footage used as evidence and laughable court proceedings, provide an intimate look at political repression against even the most vulnerable members of society.

In-person screenings: May 24 (Lincoln Center), May 25 (IFC Center). Digital screening: May 20-26.


“It’s not your turn” (New York premiere)

More than 20 years ago, director Ike Nnaebue, a famous figure in emerging African cinema, left his native Nigeria in the hope of emigrating to Europe. In this documentary, he traces his journey back then – from Benin to Mali, passing through Mauritania and Morocco, where his journey ended prematurely – and meets young people today who follow a path similar, fraught with pitfalls. Winner, Documentary Prize, Berlin International Film Festival.

In-person screenings: May 24 (Lincoln Center), May 25 (IFC Center). Digital screening: May 20-26.

To watch a trailer for “No U-Turn”, click on the video player below:


NO U-TURN: 2022 TRAILER by
ELDA Productions on
Vimeo


“Rebellion” (US premiere)

This behind-the-scenes look at the origins of British climate protest group Extinction Rebellion (XR) shows how their massive actions of civil disobedience, resulting in more than 1,000 arrests, became a tipping point for UK lawmakers to commit to the subject of climate change. But tensions within XR threatened to stall their success on the front lines of social activism.

In-person screening: May 20 (Lincoln Center). Digital screening: May 20-26.

To watch a trailer for “Rebellion”, click on the video player below:


Rebellion – UK Theatrical Trailer | Tull Stories | ON NETFLIX (UK & IRELAND) FRIDAY APRIL 1, 2022 by
Stories of Tull on
Youtube


“Up to G cup” (World Premiere)

In Suleimaniyah, in the Kurdish Autonomous Region of Iraq, a lingerie shop – the first in the region – becomes a refuge for women to talk about war, trauma, male domination, morality, sensuality and love.

In-person screenings: May 23 (IFC Center), May 25 (Lincoln Center). Digital screening: May 20-26.

To watch a trailer for “Up to G-Cup”, click on the video player below:


Up To G-Cup – In the first lingerie shop in Iraqi Kurdistan | TRAILER | A film by J. van Vugt by
First-hand movies on
Youtube


“You Look Like Me” (New York premiere)

Directed by Dina Amer, this narrative feature film (produced by Spike Lee, Spike Jonze, Riz Ahmed and Alma Har’el) traces the life of Hasna Aït Boulahcen, a young woman living in France, and what contributed to her radicalization to become, as she was dubbed by the media, “Europe’s first female suicide bomber” after the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris.

In-person screenings: May 23, 25 (Lincoln Center). Digital screening: May 20-26.

To watch a trailer for “You Resemble Me”, click on the video player below:


Trailer – You Look Like Me | ATLFF22 by
Atlanta Film Festival on
Youtube


For more information on in-person and digital screenings and tickets (including a discounted digital pass for all films), go to Human Rights Watch Film Festival website.

To watch a trailer for the 2022 Human Rights Watch Film Festival, click on the video player below:


Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2022 | Trailer | May 20-26 by
Filming at Lincoln Center on
Youtube