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The New York Times calls the Human Rights Watch Film Festival the “cinematic conscience of the world.” The six film lineup covers "a wide range of current human rights issues, from the perils that reporters face on a regular basis in Tijuana to an uplifting story of a women’s basketball team in Iraq."

This marks the third year that the festival is being held underneath the twinkle lights of the Museum of Photographic Arts' Joan and Irwin Jacobs Theatre.

Dates, times, and plot summaries are taken from the HRFF press release.

Thursday, January 24: Opening Night Reception at 6pm followed at 7pm by a screening of Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall's Call Me Kuchu.

"In an office on the outskirts of Kampala, the veteran activist David Kato works to repeal Uganda's homophobic laws and liberate his fellow lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender men and women, or 'kuchus.' But Kato’s formidable task just became more difficult. A new 'Anti-Homosexuality Bill' proposes the death penalty for HIV-positive gay men and prison for anyone who fails to turn in a known homosexual. Kato is one of the few who dare to speak out publicly against the bill."

Friday, January 25, 7pm: Bernardo Ruiz's Reportero

"Reportero follows a veteran reporter, Sergio Haro, and his colleagues at Zeta, a Tijuana, Mexico-based weekly, as they work in what has become one of the most deadly places in the world to be a journalist. Despite the attacks, the paper has continued its singular brand of aggressive investigative reporting, frequently tackling dangerous subjects that other publications avoid, such as cartels' infiltration of political circles and security forces."

Saturday, January 26, 3pm: Lise Birk Pedersen's Putin’s Kiss

"Meet Masha, a 19-year-old who grew up in the Putin era, on her journey through the Kremlin-created Nashi youth movement. This coming-of-age tale focuses on Masha's personal political struggle and paints a grim picture of the Russian political climate."

Saturday, January 26, 7pm: Kirby Dick's The Invisible War

"The Invisible War is a groundbreaking investigative documentary about the underreported epidemic of rape within the US military. With stark clarity and escalating revelations, The Invisible War exposes the rape epidemic in the armed forces, investigating the institutions that perpetuate it as well as its profound personal and social consequences."

Sunday, January 27, 3pm: David Fine's Salaam Dunk

"With plenty of pop music and 'girl power,' Salaam Dunk delivers a tale of hope and inspiration, about a winning group of Iraqi women basketball players at the American University in Sulaimani, Iraq. Through interviews and personal video diaries, viewers learn about the women, their families and their experiences since the US invasion in 2003."

Sunday, January 27, 7pm: Annie Goldson and Peter Gilbert's Brother Number One

"Through New Zealander Rob Hamill's story of his brother's death at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, Brother Number One explores how the regime and its followers killed nearly 2 million Cambodians between 1975 and 1979."

Monday, January 28, 10am: Free screening of Salaam Dunk for schools. Call 619.238.7559 x236 to reserve.

Each screening will be followed by a Q&A.

All films will be screened at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park. Single screening tickets are $4 for MOPA Members, $6 for students, seniors and military service members and $8 for the general public. Festival passes are available for purchase and cover admission to all six festival films. Festival passes are $15 for MOPA Members, $25 for students, seniors and military service members and $35 for the general public.

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