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. Through their unprecedented theater initiative, entitled Scheherazade in Baabda, these "murderers of husbands, adulterers and drug felons" reveal their stories—tales of domestic violence, traumatic childhoods, failed marriages, forlorn romances, and deprivation of motherhood. The women of Baabda Prison share their personal stories, and in doing so, hold up a mirror to Lebanese society and all societies that repress women.
Women in Lebanon face discrimination in law and practice. Discriminatory provisions in personal status laws, determined by an individual's religious affiliation, significantly harm and disadvantage women—including unequal access to divorce and, in the event of divorce, child custody. There is no civil law on a minimum age of marriage, which is instead determined by an individual's religious sect. All sects provide for a marriage age for girls below 18. Human Rights Watch has documented the harmful effects of early and forced marriages of girls in countries such as Yemen, South Sudan, and Afghanistan. Human Rights Watch has also documented torture and ill-treatment of drug users and sex workers by the Lebanese internal security forces as well as sexual violence or coercion by the police.
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.