|A still from George Kurian's The Crossing. (Courtesy of Human Rights Watch Film Festival)|
Jun 16, 2016
Jun 13, 2016
|A still from Mehrdad Oskouei's documentary Starless Dreams, which screened this weekend at HRWFF. (Photo courtesy of HRWFF.)|
Human Rights Watch Film Festival, which opened on June 10th, comes to New York City every year, and I have been covering it for nearly a decade (for Film Journal International) because it remains one of the most important venues for short subject and feature-length human rights documentaries and narrative films. My overview of the 2016 slate is here: http://www.filmjournal.com/features/advocating-women-female-issues-dominate-human-rights-watch-fest.
|Daniel Beaty and Omari Hardwick in a still from Jamal Joseph's Chapter & Verse. (Photo courtesy of HRWFF.)|
As part of my coverage, I interviewed Iranian filmmaker Mehrdad Oskouei for his documentary Starless Dreams, about a juvenile detention ward for girls: http://www.filmjournal.com/features/juvenile-injustice-starless-dreams-painfully-intimate-look-imprisoned-girls-iran. It screened at HRWFF this weekend. You can read my interview with American filmmaker and former Black Panther Jamal Joseph for his debut narrative feature Chapter & Verse, the story of a former inmate who returns to his Harlem neighborhood: http://www.filmjournal.com/features/fathers-and-sons-jamal-joseph-depicts-redemption-harlem-chapter-and-verse. The film screened on Sunday, June 12th, to a full house. Check back for my upcoming interview with George Kurian for The Crossing, a documentary short about a group of Syrian refugees that will screen at HRWFF on June 15th and 16th.