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Human Rights Watch film festival offers new insights

by Sarah Humphries
Issue No. 1942

Human Rights Watch international film festival
16 to 25 March

With asylum and migration at the forefront of everyone’s mind, Human Rights Watch’s international film festival couldn’t be more timely.

The festival uses spaces throughout London to show films from all over the world. This will be the British premiere for many of these films.

Notable films include Sometimes in April, directed by Roul Peck, which looks at the 100 days of the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

The film has two threads. The first is a story set during the events of 1994 and sees Hutu army officer Augustin defying orders in order to save his Tutsi wife.

The second strand is set in the present day, with Augustin visiting the United Nations tribunal in Arusha that is investigating the crimes committed during 1994.

Salvador Allende is a documentary made by Patricio Guzaman who fled Chile when the generals took over.

On 11 September 1973 the right’s forces—with the support of the US—removed Salvador Allende, the elected president, and instituted a reign of terror.

The film uses footage of Allende along with interviews with friends and family. It also includes an interview with the former US ambassador to Chile, who recalls the CIA’s involvement.

There is an education programme that runs through the festival.

There are free resources and film screenings.

Also included in the festival is Open Wound, an exhibition of photographs by Stanley Greene taken during trips to Chechnya between 1994 and 2003.

The festival is an opportunity to bring together people from all over the world to share their stories and to expand what we know of conflicts throughout the world.

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Sat 12 Mar 2005, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1942
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