Human Rights Watch Film Festival

  • Jonit Mata
  • 18 May, 2012

I’ve long been an admirer of Human Rights Watch.  In fact, when I went to grad school and studied trans-national advocacy, I considered them my dream job.  Now here I am, advocating fair trade with Mata Traders, so you could say my dream came true!

Chicago, you’re in luck!  The Gene Siskel Film Center is collaborating with HRW to present the 2012 Human Rights Watch Film Festival, showcasing the heroic stories of activists and survivors from all over the world facing human rights issues.  The festival runs from May 18th to 30th.

We particularly recommend seeing Bitter Seeds, the powerful story of poor farmers in India whose lives have been destroyed by biotech giant Monsanto.  The film follows a novice journalist as she uncovers the tragic history of suicides and ruined families in the wake of economic, environmental, and societal disaster wrought by bioengineering.  It’s playing Sunday, May 27 at 3:15pm and Wednesday, May 30 at 6pm.

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