Hu­man rights film fest open­ing Wed­nes­day

The Washington Post Sunday - - MOVIES - — Erin Wil­liams

Hu­man Rights Watch and West End Cin­ema are team­ing up to present the inaugural Hu­man Rights Watch Film Fes­ti­val on Wed­nes­days through March 2.

The fes­ti­val will show movies deal­ing with themes such as with geno­cide, in­ter­na­tional jus­tice and wrong­ful con­vic­tion, and set in coun­tries such as the Demo­cratic Re­pub­lic of Congo, Cam­bo­dia and Sierra Leone.

The fes­ti­val will open Wed­nes­day with the doc­u­men­tary “Out in the Si­lence,” which de­picts how gay rights af­fect a small town. The film was di­rected by D.C.-based film­mak­ers Joe Wil­son and Dean Hamer. The film­mak­ers will be in at­ten­dance for a post-view­ing dis­cus­sion along with Hu­man Right­sWatch LGBT act­ing di­rec­tor Boris Dit­trich.

The cin­ema is lo­cated at 2301 M Street NW. All screen­ings oc­cur at 7 p.m. Tick­ets are $8-$11, and can be pur­chased on­line wes­t­end­cin­ema.com.

The sched­ule:

Wed­nes­day: “Out in the Si­lence” A doc­u­men­tary that

shows the emo­tions trig­gered by the chal­lenge of nav­i­gat­ing sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion within a small town and fam­ily.

Feb. 9: “Push­ing the Ele­phant” The story of Rose Mapendo, a mother who fled the Demo­cratic Re­pub­lic of Congo con­flict but had to leave her five-year-old daugh­ter be­hind, and the re­union that ex­plains her de­ci­sion.

Feb. 16: “En­e­mies of the Peo­ple” Filmmaker Thet Sam­bath comes across per­sonal nar­ra­tives from per­pe­tra­tors who were di­rectly in­volved with the Cam­bo­dian geno­cide.

Feb. 23: “In The Land of the Free…” The story of the “An­gola 3,” Black Pan­ther Party mem­bers who were wrong­fully con­victed of a prison murder with no phys­i­cal ev­i­dence or cred­i­ble eye­wit­nesses.

March 2: “War Don Don” The story of the trial of Issa Se­say at Spe­cial Court for Sierra Leone, which shows the dif­fi­culty of claim­ing jus­tice and dis­cussing the past of a trou­bled nation.

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