Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2013 Returns to NYC With An Impressive Slate of Provocative Films From Around the Globe

Christopher Bourne, Featured Critic
The Human Rights Watch Film Festival, now in its 24th edition, returns to New York from June 13 through 23 with 20 films, 18 documentaries and 2 fiction films, with screenings at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the IFC Center. Many of the films will be followed by Q&A's with filmmakers, as well as panel discussions with experts and film subjects. As usual, the festival features an impressively diverse selection of films from all over the globe that explores their subjects with compelling approaches to storytelling and visualization of their themes. 

This year's festival includes a number of documentaries that have garnered great acclaim on the fest circuit, some of which have been covered here at Twitch. One of these is Joshua Oppenheimer's astonishing and deeply disturbing The Act of Killing (see Jason Gorber's TIFF review), which interviews perpetrators of genocide in Indonesia who unapologetically boast of their crimes and dramatically recreate them for the camera. Another is Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin's Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (see J Hurtado's review), which follows the jailed members of the anti-Putin collective that staged a bold protest inside a hallowed cathedral in Moscow and brought the eyes of the world on Russia's often harsh crackdowns on dissent.

This year's festival centers on four main themes: traditional values and human rights, focusing on women's rights, LGBT rights, and the rights of the disabled; crises and migration; a focus on Asia; and human rights in the United States. Below are a few of this year's notable selections. For more information on these and other festival films, and to purchase tickets, visit the Human Rights Watch Film Festival's website.

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