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New York Human Rights Watch Film Fest takes to Streaming

Coded Bias

The latest film fest to switch to a digital platform is the New York edition of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival (HRWFF). Running June 11 - 20, 2020, the HRWFF will be streamed for audiences from

The opening night film, Belly of the Beast, directed by Erika Cohn, looks into the oppressive practice of involuntary sterilizations of women in the federal prison system. Radio Silence, from Juliana Fanjul,  tells the story of fierce radio journalist Carmen Artesegui, who was censored by the Mexican government for fighting against corrupt disinformation. Máxima, directed by Claudia Sparrow, about the noted environmental Goldman Prize winner Máxima Acuña, who fought intimidation, violence and criminal prosecution in a fight to keep her home in Peru. Coded Bias looks at how the world of AI has been dominated by white men, leading to misinformation being taken as fact. Down a Dark Stairwell, about criminal justice and race in NYC, and the HBO film Welcome to Chechnya by David France (How to Survive a Plague) which uses deep fake technology to mask the identities of gay Chechnians trying to escape the country.

Many of the films will also include live Q&As with filmmakers and special guests that will be streamed (be sure to register for them ahead of time).

To learn more, go to:

Human Rights Watch Film Festival New York: Digital Edition
June 11 - 20

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