Wadjda - Closing Night Film and Reception
March 22, 6:30pm
March 13 - 22, 2013
Curzon Soho, ICA, Ritzy Cinema
Watch the HRWFF London trailer
Curzon Soho and ICA
Discussion to follow with filmmaker Margreth Olin
Film Festival, March 13–22, 2013
Alias Ruby Blade: A Story of Love and Revolution tells the remarkable love story of human rights activist Kirsty Sword and political prisoner Xanana Gusmão.
With enthusiastic musicians and ornate wedding parties setting the stage, we meet Khadija, a Moroccan divorcee who works as a camerawoman at weddings in Casablanca. As the film unfolds, Khadija talks candidly about the issues she faces and the competing forces at play in the lives of women in Morocco and beyond.
Camp 14 – Total Control Zone is a fascinating portrait of a young man who grew up imprisoned by dehumanizing violence yet still found the will to escape.
Award-winning Haitian born filmmaker Raoul Peck takes us on a two-year journey inside the challenging, contradictory, and colossal rebuilding efforts in post-earthquake Haiti.
Filmed over six years, In the Shadow of the Sun tells the story of two men with albinism in Tanzania pursuing their dreams in the face of virulent prejudice.
Denied basic human rights for centuries and abhorred as lesser beings, Anand Patwardhan deftly balances the story of the Dalits in India with intimate family portraits, moments of inspiration, and glimpses of a better future.
Alternating between the participants' scenes of daily life and Nagieb's own experiences, My Afghanistan depicts a country where civilians are the greatest victims of the war, and Afghans struggle to live in the constant shadow of violence.
In this compelling documentary, filmmaker Margreth Olin follows a number of boys from Salhus, a Norwegian centre offering temporary residence to unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. A visceral and provocative film, Nowhere Home scrutinises one of Europe's major moral dilemmas.
Rafea is a Bedouin woman who lives with her daughters in one of Jordan's poorest desert villages on the Iraqi border. When she is selected for an intriguing programme called the Barefoot College in India, Rafea doesn't need to think twice, and travels to join 30 illiterate women from different countries to train to become solar engineers.
Like many other women in rural South Asia, Salma, a young Muslim girl in India, was forced into seclusion once she reached puberty. She was forbidden by her family to study and pushed into marriage. Words were Salma's salvation.
Tall as the Baobab Tree poignantly depicts a family struggling to find its footing on the edge of the modern world fraught with tensions between tradition and modernity.
A true cinematic experiment, The Act of Killing explores a chapter of Indonesia's history in a way bound to stir debate—by enlisting a group of former killers, including Indonesian paramilitary leader Anwar Congo, to re-enact their lives in the style of the films they love.
In an unprecedented and candid series of interviews, six former heads of the Shin Bet—Israel's intelligence and security agency—speak about their role in Israel's decades-long counterterrorism campaign.
Can a modern democracy impose a prolonged military occupation on another people while retaining its core democratic values?
Srdjan Dragojevic's The Parade takes a comedic look at Serbia through the lens of one group's fight to hold a Gay Pride parade in Belgrade.
What does it mean to be a woman in a world ruled by religion and violence? A poetic and politically charged allegory, The Patience Stone focuses on the plight of women ruled by archaic laws and traditions.
In the first full-length feature film shot entirely inside Saudi Arabia, Wadjda tells the story of a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh who is determined to fight for her dreams... with or without society's approval.
At 14, Komona has lived through horrors that eclipse an adult's worst nightmares. In this mesmerizing, otherworldly drama, shot entirely in the Democratic Republic of Congo, comes a story of child soliders and incredible human resilience.