A conversation with Frances Underhill, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, New York


Human Rights Watch Film Festival, New York opens tomorrow May 20th and runs to May 26th. Human Rights Watch Film Festival is presented by FilmLinc and IFC Center. The festival is back in person for the first time in two years and this year’s lineup includes great titles from Venice and Sundance film festivals. All 10 films participated in the festival will stream nationally in the U.S. and will also screen in-person at Film at Lincoln Center and IFC Center.

Highlights of this year’s festival include the Venice Film Fest hit You Resemble Me, directed by Dina Amer and executive produced by Spike Lee, Spike Jonze, Riz Ahmed. Another important film at 2022Human Rights Watch Film Festival, New York is Midwives, which won the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award: Excellence in Verité Filmmaking at Sundance.

To learn more about 2022 Human Rights Watch Film Festival, New York, we interviewed Frances Underhill, Senior Manager of the Festival:

The festival opens with Rebellion, the exhilarating behind-the-scenes story of Extinction Rebellion (XR), following the group as it takes daring steps to draw attention to the climate emergency – and confront both internal tensions and the harmful power structures present in the climate movement itself. Closing the festival, The Janes showcases a group of brave and bold women, many speaking on the record for the first time, who built an underground, clandestine network in 1970s Chicago for women seeking safe, affordable, illegal abortions.

We meet courageous activists and brave individuals throughout the program. With stunning animation and powerful interviews, Eternal Spring tells the gripping story of brave members of a religious movement who protest their persecution by the Chinese government by hijacking the local TV station. In Delikado, three environmental defenders are tested like never before in their battle to save their home, Palawan, an island paradise in the Philippines from the illegal destruction of its forests, fisheries, and mountains. In Clarissa’s Battle we meet single mother and unstoppable activist Clarissa Doutherd, who works tirelessly to build a coalition of local parents in Oakland, California, to fight for local and federal childcare funding. With brave honesty a group of Kurdish and Yazidi women reveal the challenges they face in a male-dominated society in Up To G-Cup.


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