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February 2, 2022 - February 8, 2022

Get your passes and join us online for a week of dynamic films & live conversations with filmmakers and human rights experts from around the world.

All films will be available to stream across the U.S., from our homes to yours. Join filmmakers and human rights watch experts for dynamic conversations online after you stream your movie. Get festival passes here and see below for individual films.

See festival details and costs:

  • General public: $9
  • Film festival pass: $35

Did you know? MOPA members get an exclusive discount on tickets. Join today.


“On the Divide” + Q&A Stream anytime Feb 2-8, 2022

Synopsis: “On the Divide” follows the story of three Latinx people living in McAllen, Texas who, despite their views, are connected by the most unexpected of places: the last abortion clinic on the U.S./Mexico border. As threats to the clinic and their personal safety mount, our three characters are forced to make decisions they never could have imagined.

Join the Q&A Thursday, February 3 at 5 p.m. PST
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“Possible Selves” + Q&A Stream anytime Feb 2-8, 2022

Synopsis: “Possible Selves” follows two brave teenagers in foster care through their tumultuous high school years. It is the first major documentary to focus on the lived experience of foster kids themselves rather than on the foster care system.The film intimately shares Alex and Mia’s journeys as they strive to attain a goal that only 3% of adults who grow up in foster care reach: graduating from college.

Join the Q&A Friday, February 4 at 5 p.m. PST
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“Fruits of Labor + Q&A Stream anytime Feb 2-8, 2022

Synopsis: Ashley, a Mexican-American teenager living in California, dreams of graduating high school and going to college. But when ICE raids threaten her family, Ashley is forced to become the breadwinner, working days in the strawberry fields and nights at a food processing company. “Fruits of Labor” is a lyrical, coming-of-age documentary feature about adolescence, nature and the ancestors.

Join the Q&A Saturday, February 5 at 5 p.m. PST
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“This Stained Dawn” + Q&A Stream anytime Feb 2-8, 2022

Synopsis: Karachi’s feminists organize a woman’s march, coming up against Pakistan’s radical religious right as “my body, my choice” becomes a controversial slogan that holds the country’s imagination in its grip. Filmmaker Anam Abbas follows the march’s organizers as they negotiate a deeply surveilled, paranoia-inducing, and often physically violent space in the hopes of spurring a revolution. A philosophical work, This Stained Dawn is not just about the Aurat March, but about the act of political organizing itself.

Ticket includes access to recorded filmmaker Q&A
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“Daughter of A Lost Bird ” + Q&A Stream anytime Feb 2-8, 2022

Synopsis:  This film follows Kendra, an adult Native adoptee, as she reconnects with her birth family, discovers her Lummi heritage, and confronts issues of her own identity. Her singular story echoes many affected by the Indian Child Welfare Act and the Indian Adoption Project.

Ticket includes access to recorded filmmaker Q&A
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Passes and single-screening tickets are available online. Passes include admission to all festival events.
We do not want the cost of entry to these films to be a barrier for participation in these events. If the price of buying a ticket to this film would prevent you from participating, please email the following address (filmticket@hrw.org)  + we will send you a free ticket code. We have set aside a set # of tickets per film on a first come first-served basis. Once the free tickets are no longer available,  the code will no longer work. For anyone that purchases a ticket, we appreciate your support. Your ticket purchase enables us to make tickets free for those who might otherwise be unable to watch. This also allows the festival to support the filmmakers for sharing their work in our festival to support the arts organizations bringing this work to you and for the festival to cover the cost of hosting the films online.
Human Rights Watch thanks the David D. Dodge Foundation for its support.


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Event Details

Start:   February 2, 2022
End:   February 8, 2022

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