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At a Screening Near You: Human Rights Films Not to Miss

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At a Screening Near You: Human Rights Films Not to Miss

Posted by Laura Heaton on February 28, 2011

It’s that time of year when films seem to come up often in conversation – who’s seen what; what movie or actor has been under-appreciated or over-rated. Three new human rights-related films are making the rounds and come highly recommended.

For D.C. readers, “War Don Don” will be featured this week as the closing film of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. The screening will take place on Wednesday, March 2 at 7 p.m. at West End Cinema. “War Don Don” documents the trial of Issa Sesay, a man wanted for war crimes at the special court for Sierra Leone but whom his defenders said was a reluctant fighter. Watch the trailer:

From the makers of the International Criminal Court drama “The Reckoning” comes “Granito,” a film about an investigation into allegations of genocide in Guatemala in the 1980s. Filmmaker Pamela Yates, typically the storyteller, is pulled into the story of the present-day investigation because she gained exclusive access to – and footage of – some of the commanders and victims while making a documentary about the hidden war in Guatemala more than 25 years ago.

"The Last Survivor” profiles four people who lived through the Holocaust, Rwanda, Congo, and Darfur and have gone on to work as advocates organizing to prevent genocide and mass atrocities. The film will be touring in the United States in April, so check the website for details about screenings.


I’m searching in vain for Nairobi screenings, so consider this an open invitation to Enough Said readers to write a review for us.