The 23rd annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival returns to New York from June 14 to 28. Sixteen documentary and fiction films from 12 countries will be screened, including 14 New York premieres. Most of the screenings will be followed by Q&A sessions with filmmakers, and some by panel discussions with experts and film subjects.

A co-presentation of Human Rights Watch and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the festival will be held at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater: 165 West 65th Street, north side/upper level (between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave.) For tickets and schedule information visit

Equality Now is honored to be a part of presentation of these important films dealing with women’s rights:

David Fine—Iraq/US—2011—82m—doc
In Arabic and Kurdish with English subtitles
Saturday, June 16, 4:00pm (Q&A) / Sunday, June 17, 6:45pm (Q&A) / Monday, June 18, 4:00pm
With plenty of pop music and ‘girl power,’ Salaam Dunk delivers a tale of hope and inspiration, courtesy of one winning group of Iraqi women basketball players at the American University in Sulaimani, Iraq. The women come from all over the country to attend this prestigious university, but many cannot tell family back home that they go to an ‘American’ college. The team itself is a ‘mini Iraq’—comprised of Arabs, Kurds, Turkmen, and Christians. Through interviews and personal video diaries, we learn about the women, their families and their experiences since the US invasion in 2003. Their narratives provide a rare look at recent events in Iraq with stories of loss and choices that have to be made. Education is the difference between the past and the future for these women and basketball becomes a key part of that education. Their team is like a family and the game is like life. And as their coach Ryan says: sports teaches fight and resilience, but who knows fight and resilience better than these women?

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THE INVISIBLE WAR - Winner of the 2012 Nestor Almendros Award for courage in filmmaking.
Directed by Kirby Dick, Produced by Amy Ziering—US—2011—95m—doc
Monday, June 18, 8:45pm (Q&A) / Wednesday, June 20, 6:30pm (Panel)
*Film subjects Kori Cioca, Ariana Klay and Ben Klay present on June 20

The Invisible War is a groundbreaking investigative documentary about the shameful and underreported epidemic of rape within the US military. With stark clarity and escalating revelations, The Invisible War exposes the rape epidemic in the armed forces, investigating the institutions that perpetuate it as well as its profound personal and social consequences. We meet characters who embraced their military service with pride and professionalism, only to have their idealism crushed. Focusing on the emotionally charged stories of survivors, the film reveals the systemic cover-up of the crimes against them and follows their struggles to rebuild their lives and fight for justice. The Invisible War features hard-hitting interviews with high-ranking military officers and members of Congress that reveal the perfect storm conditions that exist for rape in the military, its history of cover-up, and what can be done to bring about much needed change.

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