Cinema has long been used as a forum for confronting injustice, and the annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival rounds up feature films, shorts and documentaries that bring humanitarian issues to light without sacrificing artistic integrity. Opening film ‘War Witch’ (Mar13, Curzon Mayfair) is a prime example: the dreamlike tale of a child soldier in the Congo, this Oscar-nominated film is politically confrontational but highly cinematic. Other highlights across the festival include ‘Wadjda’ (Mar 22, Ritzy Cinema), the first feature film shot inside Saudi Arabia (and by a woman, no less), eye-opening North Korean prison camp documentary ‘Camp 14’ (Mar 20, Ritzy), and oddball Serbian gay pride comedy ‘The Parade’ (Mar 20, Curzon Soho). Screenings take place at various times throughout the day and evening at the ICA, Curzon Mayfair and Curzon Soho, and the Ritzy. See http://ff.hrw.org for venue details and full film listings.
Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2013