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MUST-WATCH: Women-oriented Movies From ‘Human Rights Watch Film Festival’

  • JWB Post
  •  June 13, 2015

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival, which has toured several cities in the U.S. and Europe, is now being held in New York City from June 11-21. The collection of featuring documentaries and short films weaves through crucial personal and social issues that are often left unspoken.

Being a Women’s blog, we have rounded up five cinematic delights that celebrate womanhood and must be on your must-watch list this year!

  1. “What Tomorrow Brings” (Afghanistan)

Directed by Beth Murphy, “What Tomorrow Brings” is filmed in a small, conservative Afghan village that has never before allowed its girls to be educated. The film follows the stories of three students; two teachers and tenacious school founder Razia Jan. While the girls are learning to read and write, we find that their education goes far beyond the classroom. This film is a coming-of-age story in which young girls struggle against tradition and time.

  1. “Burden of Peace” (Guatemala)

Directed by Joey Boink, “Burden of Peace” follows Paz y Paz who is named as one of the five most powerful women changing the world in 2012 by Forbes. The documentary covers her life as she tackles cases against former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt and the instigators of the Dos Erres massacre that resulted in the deaths of 200 men, women and children.

  1. “No Land’s Song” (Iran)

Directed by Ayat Najafi , “No Land’s Song” follows the Islamic revolution of 1979 banned female singers from appearing in public in Iran. They are no longer allowed to perform solo, unless to an exclusively female audience. Sara Najafi, the protagonist, is determined to bring a revolution.

  1. “The Trials of Spring” (Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain and Syria)

Directed by Gini Reticker , “The Trials of Spring” consists of six short films profiling women from six different countries who took part in the uprisings of the Arab world in 2011. It highlights the activists who continue to inform the world of both the progress and atrocities happening via blogs and social media.

  1. “Beats of the Antonov” (Sudan)

Directed by Hajooj Kuka, “Beats of Antonov“, the film shines a spotlight on ‘Girls Music’, the music created by young women taking part in the country’s rebellion.

How many of these have you already seen? If you have a recommendation that you feel should be added to this list, let us know!

PS – Want to see similar movies directed by Indian women? Click here!

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