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Fri 2
Summer Qamp film still featuring three youth dying another's hair and all happily laughing
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Human Rights Watch Film Festival Opening Night: Reception, Summer Qamp Film Screening + Q&A
Friday, February 2 6:00–9:00 p.m.   Join MOPA@SDMA and the Human Rights Watch Film Festival at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival Opening Night for an in-person-only screening and opening night reception and celebration of queer joy with the life-affirming film, Summer Qamp, followed by a live-panel discussion with the film team and local LGBTQ+ rights advocates. Summer Qamp follows a group of queer youth as they attend a camp like no other: a judgment-free zone where they explore their authentic selves while building community, finding joy, and making memories that will last a lifetime. Uplifting, funny and moving, this film invites audiences into the innocence and joy of a summer away with friends, while never losing sight of the bravery of these young protagonists.   The Human Rights Watch Film Festival features critically acclaimed films on topics including the rights of LGBTQ+ teens, family separation, refugee rights, disability rights, and the right to a free independent press in Native American tribes. Each in-person screening will be accompanied by a Q&A with filmmakers and human rights leaders.   6:00 p.m. Opening Night Reception 7:00 p.m. Film Screening + Q & A to follow   Tickets:  $6 members | $8 seniors, military, and students (with ID) | $10 nonmembers Get Opening Night Tickets  

Be part of the full four-film San Diego Human Rights Watch Film Festival.

Additional in-person film screenings and Q&As at MOPA@SDMA include Bad Press, Si Pudiera Quedarme (If I Could Stay), and We Dare to Dream, all showing on Saturday, February 3. Save your seat for the four film screenings of the in-person festival with an in-person festival pass. In-Person Festival Pass: $20 members | $30 nonmembers Get In-Person Festival Passes  

The festival continues online, streaming across the US from February 4–10.

See five films from the comfort of home, including two online exclusives: including Ella Glending’s Is Anybody Out There and Seven Winters in Tehran. The films Bad Press, Si Pudiera Quedarme (If I Could Stay), and We Dare to Dream are also included in the digital lineup. Reserve your digital festival pass at https://ff.hrw.org/san-diego to watch the festival films at your own pace, anytime between February 4–10 across the US. Digital Film Tickets: $6 members | $9 nonmembers Digital-Only Festival Pass: $20 members | $35 nonmembers Get Digital Film Tickets and Festival Passes
Sat 3
Woman in glasses on phone - Bad Press film still
Human Rights Watch Film Festival: Bad Press Film Screening + Q&A
Saturday, February 3 1:00–3:00 p.m.   See the San Diego film premiere of Bad Press, the Sundance award winner for “U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award: Freedom of Expression.” Without a free press how can our communities make decisions and uncover the truth? Bad Press follows one news outlet's fight to survive. When the elected leaders of the Muscogee Nation, the fourth largest Native American tribe, suddenly curb press freedom and give officials authority to edit all news stories before they reach the public, a rogue reporter fights to expose her government’s corruption in a historic battle that will have ramifications for all of Indian Country.   The Human Rights Watch Film Festival features critically acclaimed films on topics including the rights of LGBTQ+ teens, family separation, refugee rights, disability rights, and the right to a free independent press in Native American tribes. Each in-person screening will be accompanied by a Q&A with filmmakers and human rights leaders.   Tickets:  $6 members | $8 seniors, military, and students (with ID) | $10 nonmembers Get Tickets   Be part of the full four-film San Diego Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Save your seat for the four film screenings of the in-person festival with an in-person festival pass. In-Person Festival Pass: $20 members | $30 nonmembers Get In-Person Festival Passes   The festival continues online, streaming to homes across the US from February 4–10 with five films including two online exclusives: including Ella Glending’s Is Anybody Out There and Seven Winters in Tehran. The films Bad Press, Si Pudiera Quedarme (If I Could Stay), and We Dare to Dream are also included in the digital lineup. Reserve your digital festival pass at https://ff.hrw.org/sandiego to watch the festival films at your own pace, anytime between February 4–10 across the US. Digital Film Tickets: $6 members | $9 nonmembers Digital-Only Festival Pass: $20 members | $35 nonmembers Get Digital Film Tickets and Festival Passes
Sat 3
Mother and child looking at camera - Si Pudiera Quedarme film still
Human Rights Watch Film Festival: Si Pudiera Quedarme (If I Could Stay) Film Screening + Q&A
Saturday, February 3 4:00–6:00 p.m.   See the California premiere of Si Pudiera Quedarme (If I Could Stay), a film by California-based filmmakers Florencia Krochik and Theo Rigby. Their film documents the story of two undocumented mothers, Jeanette and Ingrid. As they face deportation and separation from their young children, they and their communities rally support to keep them safe despite the risks. A story of courage and allyship, Si Pudiera Quedarme is a timely look at the transformative power of communities uniting for justice. Note, the in-person event for Si Pudiera Quedarme (If I Could Stay) will include Spanish language subtitles and live interpretation of Q&A in Spanish.   The Human Rights Watch Film Festival features critically acclaimed films on topics including the rights of LGBTQ+ teens, family separation, refugee rights, disability rights, and the right to a free independent press in Native American tribes. Each in-person screening will be accompanied by a Q&A with filmmakers and human rights leaders.   Tickets:  $6 members | $8 seniors, military, and students (with ID) | $10 nonmembers Get Tickets   Be part of the full four-film San Diego Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Save your seat for the four film screenings of the in-person festival with an in-person festival pass. In-Person Festival Pass: $20 members | $30 nonmembers Get In-Person Festival Passes   The festival continues online, streaming to homes across the US from February 4–10 with five films including two online exclusives: including Ella Glending’s Is Anybody Out There and Seven Winters in Tehran. The films Bad Press, Si Pudiera Quedarme (If I Could Stay), and We Dare to Dream are also included in the digital lineup. Reserve your digital festival pass at https://ff.hrw.org/sandiego to watch the festival films at your own pace, anytime between February 4–10 across the US. Digital Film Tickets: $6 members | $9 nonmembers Digital-Only Festival Pass: $20 members | $35 nonmembers Get Digital Film Tickets and Festival Passes
Sat 3
Two athletes sparring in desert landscape - We Dare to Dream film still
Human Rights Watch Film Festival: We Dare to Dream Film Screening + Q&A
Saturday, February 3 7:00–10:00 p.m.   The final film in the in-person San Diego film festival lineup is We Dare to Dream. We Dare to Dream is the incredible story of athletes from Iran, Syria, South Sudan, and Cameroon—all refugees who swim, run, and fight their way to opportunity and safety in host nations across the world. Spanning a breadth of backgrounds, personal stories, and Olympic sports, the film reveals their lives and hopes as they train to compete on the world stage, showing the fire and the drive of young people forced to leave their families, homes, and countries of birth to build new lives. Culminating in their competition at the Summer Olympics, their compatriots back home and their new communities in refugee camps stand alongside these determined young athletes in spirit as they fight for their place in the world and showcase the incredible accomplishments they are capable of. This is their story of heart in the face of adversity, and most of all, of hope for a better life.   The Human Rights Watch Film Festival features critically acclaimed films on topics including the rights of LGBTQ+ teens, family separation, refugee rights, disability rights, and the right to a free independent press in Native American tribes. Each in-person screening will be accompanied by a Q&A with filmmakers and human rights leaders.   Tickets:  $6 members | $8 seniors, military, and students (with ID) | $10 nonmembers Get Tickets   Be part of the full four-film San Diego Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Save your seat for the four film screenings of the in-person festival with an in-person festival pass. In-Person Festival Pass: $20 members | $30 nonmembers Get Festival Passes   The festival continues online, streaming to homes across the US from February 4–10 with five films including two online exclusives: including Ella Glending’s Is Anybody Out There and Seven Winters in Tehran. The films Bad Press, Si Pudiera Quedarme (If I Could Stay), and We Dare to Dream are also included in the digital lineup. Reserve your digital festival pass at https://ff.hrw.org/sandiego to watch the festival films at your own pace, anytime between February 4–10 across the US. Digital Film Tickets: $6 members | $9 nonmembers Digital-Only Festival Pass: $20 members | $35 nonmembers Get Digital Film Tickets and Festival Passes
Thu 8
Man yelling with arms wide while standing on empty train tracks
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On Film: Korea in Color
Thursday, February 8 5:00–9:00 p.m. MOPA@SDMA Joan and Irwin Jacobs Theater   Celebrate Lunar New Year with On Film: Korea in Color. Enjoy the Korean film Peppermint Candy selected in partnership with Pacific Arts Movement (PacArts) and a complement to Korea in Color: A Legacy of Auspicious Images, a special exhibition currently on view at The San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA). A brief discussion between PacArts Artistic Director Brian Hu and SDMA Associate Curator Rachel Jans will give context to the film selection as it relates to the featured exhibition. Come early to enjoy the full On Film: Korea in Color experience and celebrate Lunar New Year.
  • Join us inside The San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA) at 4:00–5:00 p.m. to see Korea in Color: A Legacy of Auspicious Images prior to the film screening and reception. SDMA admission is free 4:00–5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 8 with your film screening ticket.
  • Head over to MOPA@SDMA for Lunar New Year-inspired soju cocktails served inside the MOPA@SDMA atrium starting at 5:00 p.m.
  • Film introduction and screening starts at 6:00 p.m.
  $15 SDMA and PacArts members and students | $25 nonmembers Get Tickets   About the Film: PEPPERMINT CANDY 1999 | 129 Minutes A powerful work of Korean New Wave cinema and Lee Chang-dong’s second directorial feature, Peppermint Candy spans 20 years in the life of one man, Yongho, from his callow teens through his fraught, self-hating middle age. Presented in seven chapters in reverse-chronological order, the film begins with Yongho’s suicide and ends with a first date full of the promise and verve of youth. The moments in between these events as seen through the lens of Yongho’s life observe South Korea’s tumultuous political history throughout the late 20th century, and in turn elegize a generation of marginalized people with “a quiet, heartbreaking power” (A.O. Scott, The New York Times). A new 4K restoration. DIRECTOR & CAST: Director: Lee Chang-dong Starring: Sol Kyung-gu, Moon So-ri, and Kim Yeo-jin