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2018 Festival

The 15th annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival, co-presented by TIFF and Human Rights Watch, featured a diverse lineup celebrating the power individuals can hold in complex social and political situations.

The festival is an opportunity for both organizations to come together to recognize the essential role that compelling storytelling plays in helping shine a light on important issues, from citizen journalism in West Africa to the difference spoken-word can make in the Arab world. Of the seven exceptional features that make up this year’s edition, five were directed by women.

Most screenings are accompanied by exciting discussions with filmmakers, Human Rights Watch researchers, or subject-matter experts to spark conversations around the challenging issues featured in the films.

The Poetess
Directed by Andreas Wolff and Stefanie Brockhaus

What Will People Say
Directed by Iram Haq

Muhi — Generally Temporary
Directed by Rina Castelnuovo-Hollander and Tamir Elterman

On My Way Out: The Secret Life of Nani and Popi
Directed by Brandon Gross and Skyler Gross

The Other Side of Everything
Directed by Mila Turajlic

This Is Congo
Directed by Daniel McCabe

Directed by Anjali Nayar and Hawa Essuman