The Human Rights Watch Film Festival is coming to New York City from June 12th through June 22nd and making waves in the film world as well as the political world. How? Their mission is unique and empowering:

Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. We 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 our Human Rights Watch Film Festival we 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 Human Rights Watch Festival is much different than any other festival out there, and we’re so excited that it’s finally back in New York! Let’s take a look at the films we’re most excited to see:

1. Evaporating Borders – Documentary – USA/Cyprus

evaporating borders


Evaporating Borders explores two very powerful ideas: displacement and identity. The film follows several people on the islands of Cyprus and paints brief vignettes of their lives in English, Greek and Arabic. This is it’s New York premiere and it’s rated 8.5/10 on IMDb.

2. Return to Homs – Documentary/War/Biography – Syria/Germany

return to homs


Return to Homs was filled over a 3 year period in Homs, and follows the lives of two young men dreaming of freedom and torn apart by war. This film received an 8.3/10 on IMDb.

3. The Green Prince – Documentary/Drama – UK/USA/Israel/Germany

the green prince


Mosab Hassan Yousef–the son of the leader of the Palestinian group Hamas–grew up in Palestine and his dream is to fight for Israel, and spies for the cause. This thrilling documentary got an 8.2/10 on IMDb.

Will you be going to the Human Rights Watch Film Festival?


Gabbi Ewing is a rising junior studying Journalism as well as Film & Television at NYU. She is a New Jersey native who enjoys traveling, writing, skiing, and swimming. She hopes to travel the world, but her next adventure is taking her to Sydney, Australia to study with NYU. She aspires to work for National Geographic or Discovery Channel and to use her film, photography and writing skills to help people experience new cultures and places that they don't have the opportunity to travel to themselves.


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