WEEK IN WOMEN: NY Human Rights Watch Film Fest features 70% women- directed films – Brandy McDonnell reports

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New York’s Human Rights Watch Film Festival, now in its 33rd year, will present a full edition of 10 groundbreaking new films, including seven directed by women.

The films will be available both in-person and online nationwide in the U.S. from May 20-26, according to a news release.

For the first time in two years, the New York festival will be back with a full program of in-person screenings at Film at Lincoln Center and IFC Center, with in-depth discussions with filmmakers, film participants, activists and Human Rights Watch researchers.

The festival will continue to offer the opportunity to watch all 10 new films online across the U.S. with a full digital edition of the film festival.

This year’s edition highlights activism and features courageous individuals around the world standing up to powerful forces and demanding change.

“We are thrilled to be back in theaters after two years away, bringing our audience a full slate of powerful films tackling urgent human rights issues including China, Russia, the climate crisis and reproductive rights,” said John Biaggi, Director of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, in a statement.

The full 2022 lineup is:

“Clarissa’s Battle,” Tamara Perkins, USA
“Delikado,” Karl Malakunas, Philippines, Hong Kong, Australia, USA, UK
“Eternal Spring,” Jason Loftus, Canada
“The Janes,” Tia Lessin, Emma Pildes, USA
“Midwives,” Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing, Myanmar, Germany, Canada
“The New Greatness Case,” Anna Sishova, Finland, Croatia, Norway
“No U-Turn,” Ike Nnaebue, France, Nigeria, South Africa, Germany
“Rebellion,” Maia Kenworthy, Elena Sanchez Bellot, UK, Poland
“Up To G-Cup,” Jacqueline van Vugt, Netherlands
“You Resemble Me,” Dina Amer, France, Egypt, USA

“The partnership between Film at Lincoln Center and Human Rights Watch is more important than ever in demonstrating the power of film to shine a light on international crises and individuals fighting for freedoms and human rights around the world,” said Lesli Klainberg, president of Film at Lincoln Center, in a statement. “History has shown that film not only empowers understanding, but also ignites urgent public dialogues about how to help the most vulnerable.” Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.