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Full Length Films – more than 45 minutes

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HRW Executive Director, Ken Roth, at Stanford University (USA, 2013)

 

Type: Documentary
Runtime: 57 mins
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Synopsis: Ken Roth, Human Rights Watch Director, participated in Stanford Human Rights Center’s “The Future of Human Rights Speaker Series” on April 2, 2013.

 

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The Prophet 

 

Type: Animated Film
Runtime: 85 mins
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Synopsis: A dissident being kept under house arrest recounts valuable lessons in a series of vignettes while a mischievous young woman causes trouble in her town.

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Born Into Brothels

Type: Documentary
Runtime: 85 minutes
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Synopsis: Two documentary filmmakers chronicle their time in Sonagchi, Calcutta with children of prostitutes who work the city’s notorious red light district.

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He Named Me Malala

Type: Documentary
Runtime: 87 minutes
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Synopsis:

After the Taliban tries to kill her for speaking out on behalf of girls’ education, Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai emerges as a leading advocate for children’s rights and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

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The Last Survivor

Type: Documentary
Runtime: 88 mins
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Synopsis: Following the lives of survivors of four different genocides and mass atrocities – The Holocaust, Rwanda, Darfur, and Congo – The Last Survivor presents a unique opportunity to learn from the lessons and mistakes of our past in order to have a lasting social impact on how we act collectively in the face of similar issues today.

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A Small Act (2010)

Type: Documentary
Runtime: 88 mins
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Synopsis: When Hilde Back sponsored a young, rural Kenyan student, she thought nothing of it. She certainly never expected to hear from him, but years later she does. Now a Harvard graduate and a Human Rights Lawyer for the United Nations, Chris Mburu decides to find the stranger that changed his life. Inspired by her generosity, he starts a scholarship program of his own and names it for his former benefactor.

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E-Team

Type: Documentary
Runtime: 89 mins
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Synopsis: When atrocities are committed in countries held hostage by ruthless dictators, Human Rights Watch sends in the E-Team (Emergencies Team), a collection of fiercely intelligent individuals hired to document war crimes and report them to the rest of the world.

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Trials of Spring

Type: Documentary
Runtime: 90 mins
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Synopsis: Hend Nafea, a 24-year-old protester, pursues justice after she is arrested and tortured.

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The Harvest (USA, 2010)

Type: Documentary
Runtime: 90 mins
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Synopsis: The Harvest/La Cosecha is the story of the children who work as many as 12 hours a day, six months a year in the scorching hot sun, without the protection of child labor laws. These children are not toiling in some far away land. They are working here, in America.
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Darfur Now

Type: Documentary
Runtime: 98 mins
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Synopsis: An examination of the genocide in Sudan’s western region of Darfur that has left approximately a half a million civilians dead and 2.5 million civilians displaced.

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Catch a Fire

Type: Drama
Runtime: 101 mins
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Synopsis: The political thriller takes place during the country’s turbulent and divided times in the early 1980s, and in the new South Africa of today. Derek Luke portrays real-life hero Patrick Chamusso.

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Girl Rising (2013)

Type: Documentary
Runtime: 101 mins
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Synopsis: Girl Rising is a groundbreaking film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, which tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries, written by 9 celebrated writers and narrated by 9 renowned actresses. Girl Rising showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education.

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The First Grader (Kenya, 2010)

Type: Drama
Runtime: 103 mins
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Synopsis: An 84-year-old Kenyan man demands his education when the government announces it will offer free primary education.

 

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War Dance

Type: Documentary
Runtime: 105 mins
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Synopsis: This powerful and uplifting film addresses many human rights issues endemic to conflict, from internally displaced persons to child soldiers while highlighting music’s role in  these children’s lives.

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The Kite Runner

Type: Drama
Runtime: 128 mins
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Synopsis: Growing up in Kabul, Amir and Hassan are inseparable friends. As an adult living in California, Amir remains haunted by a childhood incident in which he betrayed Hassan’s trust. When he learns that the Taliban has murdered Hassan and wife, Amir returns to his homeland to learn the fate of the couple’s son.

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Blood Diamond

Type: Drama
Runtime: 143 mins
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Synopsis: Set against the back drop of civil war, the film traces the incredible journey of three people as they battle through harsh war torn West African landscape in search of a priceless pink diamond.

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Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (2012)

Type: Documentary
Runtime: 240 mins
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Synopsis: Half the Sky is a four-hour television series for PBS and international broadcast, shot in 10 countries: Cambodia, Kenya, India, Sierra Leone, Somaliland, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Liberia and the U.S.. Inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book, the documentary series introduces women and girls who are living under some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable — and fighting bravely to change them. Celebrities like America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde reflect on viable and sustainable options for empowerment and offer an actionable blueprint for transformation.

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