The Beekeeper relates the touching story of Ibrahim Gezer, a Kurdish beekeeper from southeast Turkey, and his unusual experience of integration into the seemingly conservative heart of today's Switzerland. The turmoil of the decades-long conflict between the Turkish state and the armed Kurdish guerrilla movement, the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), robbed Gezer of everything that he had: his wife, two of his children, his country, and over 500 bee colonies—his means of making a living. He has been left only with his love for bees and his unshakeable faith in humanity. Displaced from his home and livelihood, the beekeeper discovers a new life in Switzerland.
Human Rights Watch has in several reports documented the Turkish military's forcible displacement of Kurds and evacuation of thousands of villages in southeast Turkey in the 1990s, as well as the enforced disappearance and killings of thousands of Kurds. For many years there was no justice for these crimes in Turkey, although over the past few years there have been a few prosecutions of the military in a few of the thousands of cases. Human Rights Watch continues to press for accountability for past abuses as a key element in a peace process and to uphold the human rights of Kurds in Turkey.
The Cursed Ones - a story of corruption and witchcraft - will be playing at the New York African Film Festival on 5/5 and 5/10. Check it out at Film Society of Lincoln Center and use the promo code NYAFF23 for discounts! www.bit.ly/1VTmVfp #NYAFF23
A huge thank you to our London audiences! We had a great 20th anniversary of the festival and hope you did too. #hrwff
ff.hrw.org/London Filmmaker Nanfu Wang and super activist Ye Haiyan (Hooligan Sparrow) must avoid arrest and assault by government goons. But they can't stop her protest going viral. London's opening night film, Hooligan Sparrow: a thriller doc set across southern China featuring friends who will go to any lengths to expose the truth. #iwd #iwd2016 #femalefilmmakers #China #thriller #documentary #openingnight #canapé #reception #qanda #humanrights #film #London #soho
ff.hrw.org/London Legendary author, activist, and playwright, Larry Kramer gave voice to the outrage and grief that inspired a generation of gay men and lesbians to fight for their lives. As one of the most outspoken and controversial figures in contemporary gay America, the pioneering activist called for direct action to make AIDS a national issue, forever changing public health policy. Larry Kramer In Love & Anger paints a vivid picture of a divisive man who has paved the way for gay rights in the United States and beyond. Showing March 11/12 at #HRWFF #London ff.hrw.org/London #hrwff2016 #documentary #lgbt