Watch Docs is the world's second largest human rights film festival and the oldest documentary film festival in Warsaw. During 10 days the festival audience will be able to see more than 80 movies from all over the world combining the engagement in human rights with film artistry. Over a dozen films, selected from ca.
Watch Docs is the world's second largest human rights film festival and the oldest documentary film festival in Warsaw. During 10 days the festival audience will be able to see more than 80 movies from all over the world combining the engagement in human rights with film artistry
In the competition for WATCH DOCS prize the fesival-goers will watch the best international documentaries discussing the broadly understood problems of human rights and produced between 2009 and 2010. Over a dozen films, selected from ca. a thousand entries, will be presented in the competition this year, including the much discussed documentary Enemies of the People directed by Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath, Pink Saris, the latest film by Kim Longinotto, and El Sicario by Gianfranco Rosi - chilling confession of a Mexican killer working for druglords on the US border. The prize will be handed by the international jury, featuring Katarzyna Kozyra
, a Polish artist representing a critical art trend, known for her installations and videos touching upon social taboos.
The Festival program features four sections: "Discreet Charm of Propaganda" (with avant-garde political documents from DDR directed by notorious duo Heynowski & Scheumann), "New Polish Films", "Close-up" (this year dedicated to South-East Asia) and "I Want to See" (a review of documentaries related to events, people and issues which are in the center of human rights defenders attention).
The Festival program includes two thematic retrospectives. One of them is "Shelved!", featuring the most interesting documentaries and feature films stopped by censorship because of their political, religious or moral agenda (here, among others, subversive masterpiece of Czech New Wave - The Cremator by Juraj Herz shelved by communist censors for more than 20 years) and World Is Sick - Human Rights Towards Medicine and Bioethics, a review of films which deal with such issues as reproductive health, euthanasia, compulsory psychiatric hospitalization and global epidemic HIV/AIDS (featuring for example "Living in Emergency" - journey to the borders of idealism with Medecins sans frontieres volunteers).
This edition of Watch Docs is accompanied by meetings with renowned documentary film directors, discussions and special screenings during which the audience will be able to see a road movie which registers a tour of ultra feminists performers "Too Much Pussy! Feminist Sluts in the Queer X Show" directed by Emilie Jouvet.
The 10th Annual International Film Festival Watch Docs. Human Rights in Film is opening on December 3, 2010.
The screenings will take place in three venues at the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle and in "Muranów" cinema.