A top highlight of the festival was the presence of Chinese dissident Wei JingSheng. He is a renowned human rights activist, a key player in the movement for democracy in China. The testament to his time in prison, “The Courage to Stand Alone: Letters from Prison and Other Writings,” was released in 1997.
2015 Goldman Prize winner, Myint Zaw’s efforts recount a simple tale of a fight for environmental justice against exploitation, with the goal of protecting a national treasure — the Irrawaddy River.
WECAN co-founder and Executive Director Osprey Orielle Lake noted, “How we treat the earth is how we treat women. It’s a violent paradigm.”
A stark monologue examines why there has been so little outrage about the human rights violations in their country. An actress states, “Belarus is not sexy. Sexy countries have oil and gas.”
Commenting on the conditions of imprisonment, Gurpatwant Pannun emphasized, “Bhullar has been detained for the last eighteen years in appalling conditions, including solitary confinement.
Both the Indigenous communities in Canada and the residents of Port Arthur have seen elevated incidence of illness.
“Cinema. Dialogue. Understanding.” These words were on the screen at the Other Israel Film Festival, at the JCC in Manhattan, as the auditorium filled up on opening night. Sharqiya, by first time Israeli filmmaker Ami Livne, was receiving its New York premiere. It had garnered top honors at the Jerusalem Film Festival for best full-length […]
Through the artistry and energy of drumming, Odile “Kiki” Katese, a Rwandan theater director, saw a channel for the many who were broken.
It is essential to go beyond the statistics to place Domestic Violence within a larger societal framework.
When oppressive regimes clamp down on their citizens, freedom of expression—free speech—is always the first thing to go. Dictators have a lot to fear from individuals speaking up—through their writings, through art and film and music.