On June 12, 2014, the organization Human Rights Watch will hold a film festival highlighting several world issues related to human rights.
The first day of the festival will highlight well-known filmmakers Ross Kauffman and Katy Chevigny, who focus their efforts on Syria and Libya. Their piece of work, entitled E-TEAM, chronicles the experience of Human Rights Watch’s “Emergency Team”. These are scholars, activists and others who dedicate their time to shedding light on injustice. They enable unknowing viewers to experience the suffering and deaths perpetuated by government forces in these two regions. Their work is necessary, as many of the occurrences in these places are ignored, undocumented and unheard. Along with the screening, a discussion with the two filmmakers and their film subjects will take place.
The festival will continue until Sunday, June 22, 2014, and provide over 30 different screenings throughout its duration. Other films being celebrated are those such as Return to Homs, about the young revolutionaries in Homs, Syria, Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me, about a filmmaker’s journey in post-apartheid South Africa through the lens of Nelson Mandela and his beliefs, and Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus, following a theatre troupe that rebels against censorship and dictatorship through their form of expression.
This festival does not only focus on issues abroad, but those who affect the American people domestically. Mentions of violence in Chicago, as well as sexual and racial violence in New York, are intermingled throughout the event.