Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. Through our Human Rights Watch Film Festival we bear witness to human rights violations and create a forum for courageous individuals on both sides of the lens to empower audiences with the knowledge that personal commitment can make a difference.

We are proud to present the 33rd edition of the New York Human Rights Watch Film Festival, running from May 20-26, 2022. After over two years away we are thrilled to be back with a full program of in-person screenings at Film at Lincoln Center and IFC Center, with in-depth discussions with filmmakers, film participants, activists, and Human Rights Watch researchers. We will continue to offer the opportunity to watch these 10 emboldening new films online across the US with a full digital edition of the festival.  

Your support enables audiences around the world to bear witness to human rights abuses through storytelling in a way that challenges each individual to empathize and demand justice for all people.

We hope you will consider making a contribution to support this year’s Film Festival.

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