Next week sees the beginning of HRWFF 2012; a fresh and thorough exposé of the world we live in today.
Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. 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.
Birds Eye View will be partnering on three films on the line-up this year. We hope you’ll be as impressed by these brave and unique documentaries as we are.
Dir. Mimi Chakarova. U.S. 2010. 73 mins.
Compiling 10 years of research, photojournalist Mimi Chakarova’s film is an unprecedented and compelling inquiry into a dark side of immigration. The Price of Sex sheds light on an underground criminal network of human trafficking that is so difficult to cover or probe with depth, and the experiences of trafficked Eastern European women forced into prostitution abroad.
Mimi’s extraordinary work earned her an Emmy nomination, Magnum photo agency’s Inge Morath Award, a Webby for Internet excellence and this year’s Nestor Almendros Award for Courage in Filmmaking.
Dir. Léa Pool. Canada. 2011. 98 mins.
Breast cancer has become the poster child of cause-related marketing campaigns. Countless people walk, run and shop for the cure. Each year, millions of dollars are raised in the name of breast cancer, but where does this money go and what does it actually achieve?
Pink Ribbons, Inc. shows how the devastating reality of breast cancer, which marketing experts have labeled a “dream cause,” has become obfuscated by a shiny, pink story of success.
In 2006, Léa was honoured with three lifetime achievement awards: the Prix Reconnaissance from the Université du Qué bec à Montréal, the Prix Femmes de mérite from the Women’s Y Foundation, and the Prix Albert-Tessier, the Quebec Government’s top honour.
Dir. Julia Ivanova. 2011. Canada. 85 mins.
Family Portrait in Black and White follows a passionate Supermum Olga Nenya during three turbulent years, that see her brood of 23 foster children grow into a rambunctious teenagers. Olga is a loving mother but she is no Mother Teresa; she bears a closer resemblance to a platoon leader. Raised by the Soviet regime, she believes in communal responsibility over individual freedom and runs the family with a Stalinist determination.
Criticize This! say: “A real emotional powerhouse, Ivanova deserves all the credit in the world for taking such a complicated portrait of a family … . From the chilling opening to the incredibly bittersweet conclusion, Family Portrait in Black and White is a film that will likely and justly be studied for years to come.”
The festival runs in London 21st-30th March.
For more information and to book tickets visit: http://ff.hrw.org/london