The 2011 Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Date and time: 
Monday, November 14, 2011 - 04:30 to Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 04:30
Nairobi, Kenya

The 22nd Human Rights Watch Film Festival, co-sponsored by ICTJ and the Kenya Human Rights Commission, will be held this year in Nairobi, Kenya.

The festival, which unifies human rights experts, policymakers, and civil society activists, uses film and new media to raise awareness about human rights issues and frame the global human rights debate within the Kenyan context.

This year four films are featured, covering topics including pro-democracy protests in Iran, interrogation practices for Guantanamo detainees, paramilitary hearings in Colombia, and ethnic tensions and reconciliation in Kenya. A panel discussion, led by members of the Kenyan human rights community, including ICTJ experts, will follow the premiere of each film in order to foster debate regarding the pertinent themes and issues raised throughout the narrative.

The festival, held for the first time in Nairobi, is hoped to provide a background for a stimulating discussion about prominent human rights issues and present potential solutions to ensure a future just, stable, and peaceful society in Kenya.

Event Date and Location

November 14th, 2011 - November 17th, 2011
Alliance Française de Nairobi, Monrovia/Loita Street

Film Schedule

Monday 14 November 2011, 7:30 p.m.: The Green Wave (Iran)
Discussants: Atsango Chesoni (Kenya Human Rights Commission), Mwalimu Mati (Mars Kenya), and Njonjo Mue (ICTJ)

Tuesday 15 November 2011, 6:30 p.m.: You Don’t Like the Truth(U.S./Guantanamo)
Discussants: Al‐Amin Kimathi (Muslim Human Rights Forum), Mbugua Mureithi (Advocate), Binaifer Nowrojee (Open Society Initiative for East Africa)

Wednesday 16 November 2011, 6:30 p.m.: Impunity (Colombia)
Discussants: Christine Alai (ICTJ), Margaret Shava (Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission)

Thursday 17 November 2011: The Team (Kenya)
Discussants: Mburugu Gikunda (Executive Producer of The Team, Media Focus on Africa); cast members of The Team: Eunice Mwangi ("Tina"), Ruth Maingi (“Coach Beth"), and Antony Ogega ("Oli”)

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Photo: Still from The Team, © The Team