Watchers of the Sky
Watchers of the Sky interweaves five stories of remarkable courage, compassion, and determination, while setting out to uncover the forgotten life of Raphael Lemkin—the man who created the word "genocide" and believed the law could protect the world from mass atrocities. Inspired by Samantha Power's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, A Problem From Hell, Watchers of the Sky takes you on a provocative journey from Nuremberg to The Hague, from Bosnia to Darfur, from criminality to justice, and from apathy to action. Editing Award and Special Jury Award for Use of Animation US Documentary, Sundance Film Festival 2014
Watchers of the Sky explores holding to account those who commit genocide and other atrocity crimes. Human Rights Watch is a leading proponent of fair, effective, and impartial prosecutions before international, hybrid, and domestic courts. We campaign actively for the arrest of those accused of these crimes. In countries such as Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Sudan, the former Yugoslavia, Ivory Coast, Syria, Libya, Chad, and Guinea, our careful research and relentless advocacy have helped make trials for these crimes—even for those who stand accused at the highest levels of power—a growing reality. Our work has been a significant force in creating the International Criminal Court, as well as a factor leading to the arrest and trials of Serbia's Slobodan Milosevic and former Liberian president Charles Taylor.
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
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.