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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 complete lineup for the 2014-2015 HRW Traveling Festival is listed to the right and is available for licensing from August 2014 to May 2015.

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

Alessandra Zeka and Holen Sabrina Kahn
Year: 2014 / 65m

At a public hospital in Nicaragua, OBGYN Dr. Carla Cerrato must choose between following a law that bans all abortions and endangers her patients or taking a risk and providing the care that she knows can save a woman's life.

Rachel Boynton
Year: 2013 / 99m

A cautionary tale about the toll of American oil investment in West Africa, Big Men reveals the secretive worlds of both corporations and local communities in Nigeria and Ghana.

Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly
Year: 2014 / 89m

The Homestretch follows three homeless teens in Chicago as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future.

Sandrine Orabona and Mark Herzog
Year: 2014 / 90m

Former US Navy SEAL Chris Beck embarks on a new mission as Kristin Beck. Kristin's journey in search of the American ideals that she protected: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness have a whole new meaning as she lives her life truthfully as a transgender woman.

blair dorosh-walther
Year: 2014 / 74m

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. 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.

Cynthia Hill
Year: 2013 / 81m

Private Violence explores a simple but deeply disturbing fact of American life: the most dangerous place for a woman in America is her own home.

Talal Derki
Year: 2013 / 87m

Filmed between August 2011 and August 2013, Return to Homs is a remarkably intimate portrait of a group of young revolutionaries in the city of Homs in western Syria. They dream of their country being free from President Bashar al-Assad and fight for justice through peaceful demonstrations.

Zeina Daccache
Year: 2013 / 80m

This engaging tragicomic documentary follows women inmates through a 10-month drama therapy/theater project set up in 2012 by director Zeina Daccache at the Baabda Prison in Lebanon.

Berit Madsen
Year: 2013 / 88m

Sepideh is a young Iranian woman who dares to dream—of a future as an astronaut.

Jennifer Kroot
Year: 2014 / 90m

From the iconic role of Sulu on Star Trek to Howard Stern and Facebook fame, George Takei's sharp eye, coupled with his wicked sense of humor, continues to challenge the status quo well into the 21st century.