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Watch Docs: Human Rights in Film
December 30, 2016   
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The annual Watch Docs International Film Festival, which focuses on documentaries about human rights issues, will take place in Warsaw for the 16th time Dec. 9-15.

First held in 2001, the festival promotes human rights among Polish audiences and is one of the world’s largest events of its kind.

This year’s festival program features over 60 submissions from around the world. The documentaries will be screened at three movie theaters in Warsaw, including one at the Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art.

In addition to seeing the films, Warsaw audiences will get to meet with the filmmakers and people featured in some of the documentaries. Other festival events include discussions with human rights experts and activists, documentary workshops and master classes.

This year’s special festival guest is Jonathan Littell, who will attend the premiere of his documentary entitled Wrong Elements. The film tells the dramatic stories of child soldiers of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a guerilla organization formed in 1987 in northern Uganda. Responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of people, the LRA is notorious for kidnapping children and turning them into killing machines.

Watch Docs is a joint project by the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, Warsaw’s Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art, and the local Social Institute of Film.
For further information go to www.watchdocs.pl

Watch Docs 2016; Dec. 9-15, Warsaw
Venues: Muranów movie theater, 5 Generała Andersa St.
Antropos, National Ethnographic Museum, 1 Kredytowa St.
Kino.Lab, Center for Contemporary Art, 2 Jazdów St.
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