Out in the Night
One hot August night in 2006, in New York's Greenwich Village, a group of young African-American lesbian friends are violently and sexually threatened by an older man. They defend themselves and a fight begins that draws in strangers on the street. It ends quickly, and all involved walk away until the man realizes he has been stabbed. The women are charged with gang assault, a serious felony. The media labels them a "Gang of Killer Lesbians" and the man an "admirer." Three of the friends plead guilty and are released but four continue to fight, claiming self-defense. Out in the Night uncovers how their lives leading up to that night compelled these young women to defend themselves. Through this act, and their audacity to claim innocence in the courtroom, these young women became known as The New Jersey 4.
Violence perpetrated against LGBT people with impunity is an endemic problem across the globe and includes murder, assault, rape, and threats. Human Rights Watch has documented violence perpetrated against lesbians and transgender men in South Africa and the failure of the criminal justice system to deal effectively with these crimes. In Kyrgyzstan, Human Rights Watch documented routine violence that state officials have meted out with impunity against gay men. In Russia, Human Rights Watch has shown how the insidious anti-propaganda law has led to a sharp increase in violent attacks on LGBT people and a lack of police action against the perpetrators.
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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
ff.hrw.org/London What's wrong with this picture? Artist Sun Mu subverts propaganda from North Korea after escaping in the 90s. I Am Sun Mu shows at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, London March 9-18. Tickets: ff.hrw.org/London Trained by the North Korean army as a propaganda artist, he fled to South Korea during a famine in the 90s. He uses a pseudonym and keeps his face hidden for his family's safety. His paintings resemble propaganda and have even been mistaken as such, but they are replete with political satire. #sunmu #realism #art #painting #poster #popart #documentary #film #London #socialistrealism #capitalistrealism #hrwff #hrwff2016 Clue: It involves the flag.