Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2014

Event has passed (Thu Apr 10, 2014 - Sun Apr 27, 2014)
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA)
$8 - $10


Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2014
Every year, for over a decade, we’ve presented a selection of powerful films with distinctive human rights themes. The power of film cannot be underestimated to challenge the viewer and promote calls to action. Rather than wallow in despair, the films in this program will put a human face on threats to individual freedom and dignity, and celebrate the ability of the human spirit and intellect to prevail.

The New Black
Thu, Apr 10, 7:30 PM
by Yoruba Richen
Post-show Q&A with producer Yvonne Welbon
The film examines homophobia in an African American community's institutional pillar—the black church—and reveals a Christian right wing strategy to exploit this phenomenon for an anti-gay political agenda. (2013, 82 min, digital)

In the Shadow of the Sun
Sun, Apr 13, 2 PM
by Harry Freeland
In Tanzania, witch doctors are spreading a belief that body parts of albino people will bring wealth and good fortune. The idea has grown strong with the escalation in murders of people with albinism. This document follows two albino men in Tanzania pursuing their dreams in the face of prejudice. (2012, 84 min, digital)

Rafea: Solar Mama
Thu, Apr 17, 7:30 PM
by Jehane Noujaim and Mona Eldaief
Rafea is a Bedouin woman who lives in one of Jordan's poorest desert villages. When she is selected for a program called the Barefoot College in India, Rafea travels to join 30 illiterate women from different countries to train to become solar engineers. (2012, 75 min, digital)

Tall as the Baobab Tree
Sun, Apr 20, 2 PM
by Jeremy Teicher
Coumba and her little sister Debo are the first to leave their family's remote African village, to attend school. But when an accident threatens their survival, their father decides to sell Debo into an arranged marriage. Coumba hatches a plan to rescue her sister from a future she did not choose. (2012, 82 min, digital)

Camp 14 – Total Control Zone
Thu, Apr 24, 7:30 PM
by Marc Wiese
A fascinating portrait of a young man who grew up imprisoned by dehumanizing violence, yet still found the will to escape. After escaping and becoming a human rights “celebrity,” his life outside the camp is often just as challenging as it was inside it. (2012, 104 min, digital)

An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story
Sun, Apr 27, 2 PM
by Al Reinert
In 1986, Michael Morton's wife Christine was brutally murdered in front of their only child, and Michael was convicted of the crime. A team of dedicated attorneys spent years fighting for the right to test DNA evidence found at the murder scene to reveal Micheal's wrongful conviction. (2013, 92 min, digital)

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  1. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) 701 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA