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Accountability and Justice

When a courageous young woman and a radical lawyer discover a pattern of illegal involuntary sterilizations in California’s women’s prison system, they take to the courtroom to wage a near-impossible battle against the Department of Corrections. 

Filmmaker(s):
Erika Cohn
Year:
2020 / 82m
Jun 11

Environment and Human Rights

Faced with intimidation, violence, and criminal prosecution, we follow Máxima’s tireless fight against a gold-mining operation looking to seize her land and destroy environmental resources her community relies on.

Filmmaker(s):
Claudia Sparrow
Year:
2019 / 88m
Jun 11/16

Home and 'Security'

When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that most facial-recognition software misidentifies women and darker-skinned faces, as a woman of color working in a field dominated by white males, she is compelled to investigate further.

Filmmaker(s):
Shalini Kantayya
Year:
2020 / 85m
Jun 11/12

Human Rights in the United States

Stairway sign

When a Chinese-American police officer kills an innocent, unarmed black man in an unlit stairwell of a New York City housing project on November 20, 2014, communities across the city erupt with demands for legal accountability.

Filmmaker(s):
Ursula Liang
Year:
2020 / 83m
Jun 11/17

Indigenous Peoples' Rights

Gather Film Still

Gather celebrates the fruits of the indigenous food sovereignty movement, profiling innovative changemakers in Native American tribes across North America reclaiming their identities after centuries of physical and cultural genocide.

Filmmaker(s):
Sanjay Rawal
Year:
2020 / 74m
Jun 11/20

Journalism

Carmen Aristegui surrounded by cameras and press

To millions of people in Mexico, the incorruptible journalist and news anchor Carmen Aristegui is regarded as the trusted alternative voice to official government spin, fighting daily against deliberate disinformation spread through news sources, government corruption, and the related drugs trade.

Filmmaker(s):
Juliana Fanjul
Year:
2019 / 79m
Jun 11/13

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,and Transgender (LGBT) rights

Filmmaker(s):
Peter Murimi
Year:
2020 / 68m
Jun 11/14
Welcome To Chechnya Film still

This searing documentary, directed by acclaimed writer and Oscar® nominated director David France (How to Survive a Plague, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson), shadows a group of brave activists risking their lives to confront the ongoing anti-LGBTQ campaign in the Russian Republic of Chechnya.

Filmmaker(s):
David France
Year:
2020 / 107m
Jun 11/13

Migrants' Rights

Image of Tania, featured in the film From Here

As the US and Germany grapple with racism, nationalism, and a fight against diversity, our protagonists move from their 20s into their 30s and face major turning points in their lives.

Filmmaker(s):
Christina Antonakos-Wallace
Year:
2020 / 89m
Jun 12/14

Refugee Rights

A story of love across borders, and the compromises a family must make when it is torn apart by circumstances beyond its control. When Rana and Muhkles are forced to flee the war in Syria in a desperate search for stable and secure futures for their family, they are separated from their children.

Filmmaker(s):
Mira Jargil
Year:
2020 / 88m
Jun 11/20

Women's Rights

Capturing a crucial moment for women's rights, The 8th tells the incredible story of how Ireland overturned one of the world's most restrictive laws on abortion.

Filmmaker(s):
Aideen Kane, Maeve O'Boyle and Lucy Kennedy
Year:
2020 / 94m
Jun 11/19