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Human Rights Watch Film Festival

January 30 - February 4

The annual Toronto Human Rights Watch Film Festival brings human stories to life in a manner that empowers the audience to demand justice for all.

By using film as a medium, Toronto Human Rights Watch Film Festival aims to bring awareness to human rights issues in a way that is easily understandable and provides the viewer with the knowledge to advocate for change. Join us and the vibrant movement to uphold human dignity and advance the cause of human rights for all.

Presented in partnership with Hot Docs Cinema.

Tickets: FREE (maximum 2 per film) *Pay What You Can option available


I Am Not Alone

  • Armenia, USA
  • 93
  • Garin Hovannisian
Thursday, January 30, 7:30 pm

Is it possible for a citizen activist in Armenia to rally enough support to topple a system of ingrained corruption? Or is it a dream?


On the President's Orders

  • UK, Philippines, USA
  • 72
  • James Jones, Olivier Sarbil
Friday, January 31, 7:00 pm

The searing story of President Duterte's bloody campaign against drug dealers and addicts in the Philippines, told with unprecedented access to both sides of the war.


Gay Chorus Deep South

  • USA
  • David Charles Rodrigues
Saturday, February 1, 7:30 pm

In response to a wave of anti-LGBTQ laws in the southern US and the 2016 elections, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Choir embarks on a daring tour of the American Deep South.


Born in Evin

  • Germany, Austria
  • 95
  • Maryam Zaree
Sunday, February 2, 1:00 pm

When she was 12 years old, filmmaker Maryam Zaree found out that she was one of a number of babies born inside Evin, Iran’s most notorious political prison.

Oleg Film Info Craft

The Trial: The State of Russia vs. Oleg Sentsov with live Q&A

  • Estonia, Poland, Czech Republic, Russia, Ukraine
  • 75
  • Askold Kurov
Monday, February 3, 7:00 pm

Live post-screening Q&A with film subject Oleg Sentsov.

In 2015, Ukrainian film director and Maidan activist Oleg Sentsov was sentenced to 20 years in prison in Siberia for terrorism. Watch as the truth behind this political show-trial is investigated.


Made in Bangladesh

  • France, Bangladesh, Denmark, Portugal
  • 95
  • Rubaiyat Hossain
Tuesday, February 4, 7:30 pm

A film that takes you behind that T-shirt you just bought on sale for $9.99, to reveal the human labour, sweat, and suffering that went into it.

Docs For Schools screenings at Human Rights Watch Film Festival

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