Human rights film fest opening Wednesday
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.
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.