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January 2020

Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2020

January 30 @ 8:00 am - February 1 @ 5:00 pm
Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2020 The Museum of Photographic Arts hosts the 2020 San Diego Human Rights Watch Film Festival from January 30 to February 1. In the presentation of these five powerful films and discussions, we aim to shine a spotlight on individuals standing up, pushing back and bravely defending the human rights of all people. Attendees bear witness human rights violations at screenings in direct storytelling, which are complemented with a local or broader narrative at post-screening…

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Human Rights Watch Film Festival Presents: Gay Chorus Deep South

January 30 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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In response to a wave of discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws in the southern US and the divisive 2016 elections, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Choir embarks on a daring tour of the American Deep South. Over 300 singers traveled from Mississippi to Tennessee through the Carolinas and over the bridge in Selma, Alabama. They performed in churches, community centers, and concert halls in hopes of uniting people in a divisive period.  The journey also challenges Tim and other choir members who…

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Human Rights Watch Film Festival Presents: Bellingcat – Truth in a Post-Truth World

January 31 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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“In citizen journalism…trust is generated not by the brand name or the glory of the institution, it’s generated through transparency.“ – Jay Rosen, film subject, Bellingcat – Truth in a Post-Truth World Bellingcat – Truth in a Post-Truth World follows the revolutionary rise of the “citizen investigative journalist” collective known as Bellingcat, dedicated to redefining breaking news by exploring the promise of open source investigation. This highly skilled and controversial collective exposes the truth behind global news stories – from…

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February 2020

Human Rights Watch Film Festival Presents: Slay the Dragon

February 1 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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As the country turns its eyes and leaps into action ahead of the upcoming 2020 US election - record numbers of people are registering to vote. Wide-scale civic participation from every community is crucial to a healthy democracy. With this in mind, lawmakers are employing tactics to give their candidates the advantage - in many cases, all but ensuring a victory for their side - even without gaining the highest number of votes. Drawing district lines to lock in a…

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Human Rights Watch Film Festival Presents: Love Child

February 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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Love Child offers a poignant portrait of Leila and Sahand, an Iranian couple who, outlawed for their love, flee the country with their 4-year-old son, Mani. In Tehran, they committed the crime of having a secret affair while being married to other people and were forbidden to get divorced. Neither could acknowledge that Mani was an illegitimate child since adultery can be punished with execution in Iran. Intimately filmed over five years, we follow their quest to be together, battling…

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Human Rights Watch Film Festival Presents: True Justice – Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality

February 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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Bryan Stevenson’s experience with the criminal justice system was that it “treats you better if you’re rich and guilty than if you’re poor and innocent.” In the last fifty years, the United States has become the nation with the highest rate of incarceration in the world, authorized the execution of hundreds of condemned prisoners and continued to struggle to recover from a long history of racial injustice. For more than three decades, Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the…

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San Diego Italian Film Festival Presents: L’Ospite (The Guest)

February 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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$8 – $12

The San Diego Italian Film Festival presents: L'Ospite (The Guest) Directed by Duccio Chiarini | 96 minutes After a sudden crisis with his girlfriend, Chiara, 38-year-old Guido ends up sleeping on the couches of his family and friends. As he starts witnessing other people’s lives from a different perspective, he discovers aspects of relationships that he never noticed before. This brilliant movie slowly morphs from a comedy into an affecting melodrama that charts the difficulties of a generation less interested…

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April 2020

San Diego Italian Film Festival Presents: Che Strano Chiamarsi Federico

April 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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$8 – $12

The San Diego Italian Film Festival presents: Che Strano Chiamarsi Federico (How Strange To Be Named Federico) Directed by Ettore Scola | 93 minutes The film is a tribute to and a portrait of Federico Fellini, told by Ettore Scola on the twentieth anniversary of the great director’s death. Other than Fellini’s incredible cinema, what this devoted admirer of the incomparable maestro wants to commemorate are a few private and lesser-known aspects of Fellini’s personality. The film recreates their encounter…

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May 2020

San Diego Italian Film Festival Presents: Una Vita Spericolata

May 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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$8 – $12

The San Diego Italian Film Festival presents: Una Vita Spericolata (Reckless) Directed by Marco Ponti| 102 minutes When a young mechanic deep in debt has his bank loan rejected, a series of unfortunate events turns his rejection into a robbery. Along with his best friend, a former rally champion, and a miserable teen superstar as their hostage, they start on a crazy race across Italy. With police chases, bloodshed, and money being spilled, their escape is followed on social media,…

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June 2020

San Diego Italian Film Festival Presents: Il Tuttofare

June 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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$8 – $12

The San Diego Italian Film Festival presents: Il Tuttofare (The Handyman) Directed by Valerio Attanasio| 96 minutes Antonio is a trainee lawyer who dreams of joining his mentor’s prestigious firm. But his boss, Salvatore “Toti” Bellastella, the Prince of the Forum, is also an exploitative tyrant. He asks of Antonio all kinds of tasks: from being his assistant to his driver, from paralegal to personal cook! When Antonio brilliantly passes the bar, he receives the offer to become a partner…

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