From 6th – 17th March, the Human Rights Watch Film Festival returns to London with an electric mix of films that highlight infringements to human rights across the globe, housed this year at Picturehouse Central and the Barbican. 

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival will be presented in London from 6 to 17 March 2017, featuring 16 award-winning international documentary feature films that grapple with the challenges of defending human rights around the world today. Audiences will also have an opportunity to watch selected festival titles online thanks to the continuing partnership with MUBI.

The 2017 programme is packed full of inspiring, provocative filmmaking, that you don’t want to miss. After every screening, the festival hosts in-depth discussions with filmmakers, protagonists and Human Rights Watch researchers & activists. Screenings are already beginning to sell out, so be sure to book your tickets today! For more information visit the HRWFF’s page.

Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. They 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 Human Rights Watch Film Festival they 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 their 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.