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Traveling Festival

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival bears witness to human rights violations and creates a forum for courageous individuals on both sides of the lens to empower audiences with the knowledge that personal commitment can make a difference. The film festival brings to life human rights abuses through storytelling in a way that challenges each individual to empathize and demand justice for all people.

Each year highlights from our London and New York festivals are presented in our Traveling Film Festival. The film lineup for the 2013-2014 HRW Traveling Festival is as follows.

Please note that the traveling festival is only available in the US and Canada at this time.

If you are interested in licensing the traveling festival click here.

* You can select from a minimum of three titles to a maximum of all the titles at a cost of $300 per title.

* You can screen each title twice. You can screen certain titles more than twice, but we must request special permission for these additional screenings.

* You can license the package for the duration of a week up to a semester.

* You can screen on Digibeta or DVD - depending on availability.

* You must pay one way shipping - be it to the next site or back to HRW.

* The festival books on a rolling basis. Dates and films are not confirmed until you have signed and returned your traveling festival contract. Payment is not expected until 30 days after your final screening.

* Titles NOT listed as part of our traveling festival title list are not available through HRW. One must contact the distributor or filmmaker directly for all other titles on our site. Equally, if one screens a film from our traveling festival list without permission (i.e. a contract) - it is in violation of our licensing agreements.

* Human Rights Watch provides support materials for all the films. These items include: information on Human Rights Watch's work, images and press kits for the films, and preview DVDs.

If you would like more information or would like to make a booking, please contact Jennifer Nedbalsky at 212-216-1247 or at


Festival Program

Alex Meillier
Year: 2012 / 78m

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.

Shaun Kadlec and Deb Tullmann
Year: 2012 / 84m

With intimate access to the lives of four young gay Cameroonians, Born This Way steps outside the genre of activist filmmaking and offers a vivid and poetic portrait of day-to-day life in modern Africa.

Marc Wiese
Year: 2012 / 104m

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.

Lisa Biagiotti, Duy Linh Tu and Joe Lindquist
Year: 2012 / 72m

deepsouth explores the rural American South and the people who inhabit its most distant corners. Beneath layers of history, poverty, and now soaring HIV infections, four Americans redefine traditional Southern values to create their own solutions to survive.

Harry Freeland
Year: 2012 / 84m

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.

Nagieb Khaja
Year: 2012 / 88m

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.

Jehane Noujaim and Mona Eldaief
Year: 2012 / 75m

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.

Yoruba Richen
Year: 2013 / 82m

The New Black tells the story of how the African American community is grappling with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in light of the marriage equality movement and the fight over civil rights.

Jeremy Teicher
Year: 2012 / 82m

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.

Al Reinert
Year: 2013 / 92m

In 1986, Michael Morton's wife Christine was brutally murdered in front of their only child, and Michael was convicted of the crime. Locked away in Texas prisons for a quarter century, he had years to ponder questions of justice and innocence, truth and fate.