17th IFF WATCH DOCS
Human Rights in Film
The International Film Festival WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film is one of the world's largest festivals on this subject. It combines—and brings to audiences—two worlds: outstanding documentary cinema as well as its creators and defenders of human rights. This year's program consists of more than sixty films from around the world, including films from the most significant festivals: Berlinale, Cannes, Sundance, and Karlovy Vary.
Fourteen new documentaries will be presented in the competition for the WATCH DOCS award. These include titles such as Risk – the latest film from Laura Poitras, who won an Oscar for Citizenfour – a controversial and emotional portrait of Julian Assange, the head of WikiLeaks; or the provocative The White World According to Daliborek, directed by Vít Klusák, portraying a Czech neo-Nazi. Viewers will also have the opportunity to watch a new film by the French documentary and photography expert Raymond Depardon, 12 days, showing court hearings concerning compulsory treatment in psychiatric hospitals, as well as the documentary Still Tomorrow, Fan Jian's multi-layered documentary on the cerebral palsy of the most famous Chinese poet Xiuhua Yu and her ruthless fight for independence.
WATCH DOCS is a joint venture of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, and Społeczny Instytut Filmowy [Social Film Institute]. After the Warsaw edition of the festival, WATCH DOCS hits the road—in 2018, it will visit more than forty Polish cities.
Full program can be found on: www.watchdocs.pl