Human Rights in Decline in Crimea

  • Year: 2014
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Topics / Regions: Crimean Peninsula
  • Testimonials from Crimeans who have suffered violations of human rights.

Santa's Workshop - Inside China's Slave Labour Toy Factories

  • Year: 2011
  • Country: China
  • Producer: my3rd3y3
  • Topics / Regions: Chinese Child Labor

The Truth about Islamophobia

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The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo - Trailer

  • Year: 2008
  • Country: Congo, the Democratic Republic of the
  • Producer: Lisa Jackson
  • Topics / Regions: War Rape Eastern Congo
  • "Shot in the war zones of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), this documentary feature explores the shocking plight of women and girls caught in the sexual crossfire as this giant African nation enters its second decade of internal conflict. Since 1998, a brutal war has ravaged the DRC, killing over 4 million people. Over the same time, tens of thousands of women and girls have been systematically kidnapped, raped, mutilated and tortured by soldiers - both from foreign militias and the Congolese army that is supposed to protect them. Emmy®-winning filmmaker Lisa F. Jackson, herself a survivor of gang rape, travels deep inside the DRC to understand what is happening and why. Her resultant film features interviews with survivors, activists, peacekeepers, physicians and, most chillingly, two groups of rapists who are soldiers of the Congolese Army. Above all, it highlights first-person accounts of dozens of rape survivors, who recount their stories with pulverizing honesty and immediacy. Heart-wrenching in its portrayal of the grotesque realities of life in Congo, the film also provides inspiring examples of resiliency, courage and grace, while serving as a call to action for anyone with a conscience. "

Bosnia Hotel

  • Year: 1996
  • Country: Kenya
  • Producer: Thomas Balmès
  • Topics / Regions: UN Peacekeepers Samburu Warriors
  • " When Samburu warriors of Kenya served in Bosnia as part of the U.N. peacekeeping forces, they found a world quite different from their pastoral existence in their homeland. They did not understand the reasons for the conflict, and upon their return, filmmakers recorded their candid impressions of a culture so remote from their own. Bosnia Hotel: Kenyan Warriors in Bosnia contrasts their stark world, frequently seen as primitive, with that of an advanced society where people ruthlessly killed one another, and even found targets among women and children. » Alice Day, NY TIMES" 

Perspectives on Transparency, Human Rights, and Civil Society in Angola

  • Country: Angola
  • Producer: National Endowment for Democracy
  • Topics / Regions: Angola
  • "Streamed live on Feb 18, 2016

    Current events suggest that Angola today faces an economic and political crisis. The global collapse of oil prices, a series of anti-NGO regulations, repressed protests, and the trial of youth activists have deeply affected the oil rich country."

The Exile Nation Project: An Oral History of the War on Drugs

  • Country: United States
  • Producer: Charles Shaw
  • Topics / Regions: Mass Incarceration Prison
  • "The Land of the Free punishes or imprisons more of its citizens than any other nation. This collection of testimonials from criminal offenders, family members, and experts on America’s criminal justice system puts a human face on the millions of Americans subjugated by the US Government's 40 year, one trillion dollar social catastrophe: The War on Drugs; a failed policy underscored by fear, politics, racial prejudice and intolerance in a public atmosphere of "out of sight, out of mind."

    The United States has only 5% of the world's population, yet a full 25% of the world's prisoners. At 2.5 million, the US has more prisoners than even China does with five times the population of the United States. 8 million Americans (1 in every 31) languish under some form of state monitoring known as "correctional supervision." On top of that, the security and livelihood of over 13 million more has been forever altered by a felony conviction.
    The American use of punishment is so pervasive, and so disproportionate, that even the conservative magazine The Economist declared in 2010, "never in the civilized world have so many been locked up for so little."
    The project will unfold over a two year period, beginning with the release of this feature-length documentary and then continuing on with the release of short films and complete interviews from each of the 100 participants in the project, meant to represent the 1 in 100 Americans that are currently sitting behind bars.
    The Exile Nation Project is made possible by a generous grant from the Tedworth Charitable Trust and the openDemocracy group, in association with Exile Nation Media. All content produced is non-commercial and available for free distribution under a Creative Commons license."

Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria

  • Year: 2005
  • Country: United States
  • Producer: Susan Stryker and Victor Silverman
  • Topics / Regions: Transgender Rights
  • "Screaming Queens tells the forgotten story of the first collective act of militant resistance by queer people in the United States, three years before the famous gay riot at New York's Stonewall Inn."

The Look of Silence

  • Year: 2014
  • Country: Indonesia
  • Producer: Joshua Oppenheimer
  • Topics / Regions: Impunity Indonesia
  • "An Indonesian man with a communist background named Ramli was brutally murdered when the "Communist" purge occurred in 1965. His remaining family members lived in fear and silence until the making of this documentary. Adi, a brother of his, decided to revisit the horrific incident and visited the men who were responsible for the killings and one survivor of the purge. These meetings uncovered sadistic details of the murders and exposed raw emotions and reactions of the killers' family members about what happened in the past - much to Adi's disappointment."

I Was a Teenage Prostitute

  • Year: 2011
  • Country: United States
  • Producer: Juliana Piccillo
  • Topics / Regions: Sex Workers Rights
  • The true story of a 17 year-old high school junior who accidentally lands in a suburban rub and tug. The filmmaker describes finding identity and family as an underage prostitute and the subsequent wrestling with shame and stereotypes. Now, a mother of two children with a most conventional life, she looks back with humor and pride.

    Juliana Piccillo is a filmmaker and writer. Her films have screened in the Tribeca Film Festival, The Los Angeles International Short Film Festival and Women in the Director's Chair. Her essay, "Vice", appeared in the book Ho's Hookers, Call Girls, and Rent Boys.

Divergent Movie Analysis

  • Year: 2016
  • Country: United States


  • Year: 2014
  • Country: Haiti
  • AyitiXtream 509 Productions Design and story by Chevelin Illustration. In Haiti there are more than 300,000 children who serve as Restavec, a modern day slaves. These children are neglected and do not have a safe environment to live their childhood and mature. Unfortunately, this practice has been heavily integrated into the culture of Haiti for many years.

40 Years After Chile Coup, Family of Slain Singer Víctor Jara Sues Alleged Killer in U.S. Court

  • Year: 2013
  • Country: Chile
  • Topics / Regions: Chile United States Coup artists musicians
  • This week marks the 40th anniversary of what's known as the other 9/11: September 11, 1973, when a U.S.-backed military coup ousted Chile's democratically elected president Salvador Allende and ushered in a 17-year repressive dictatorship led by General Augusto Pinochet. Joan Jara, the widow of Chilean singer Victor Jara, who has just filed a civil lawsuit in U.S. court against the former military officer who allegedly killed Jara 40 years ago, joins DN! Jara's accused killer, Pedro Barrientos, has lived in the United States for roughly two decades and is now a U.S. citizen. Jara's family is suing him under federal laws that allow U.S. courts to hear about human rights abuses committed abroad. Last year, Chilean prosecutors charged Barrientos and another officer with Jara's murder, naming six others as accomplices. We also speak with Almudena Bernabeu, an attorney with Center for Justice and Accountability, who helped file the Jara family's lawsuit last week.

Videographic. The largest migration in history

  • Year: 2012
  • Country: China
  • Topics / Regions: China Migration Economics Industrialization
  • An animated infographic about China's migrant workers. Migration from inland villages to coastal cities has transformed China. Now that is changing, as regional cities inland become the new focus of migration patterns.

Ethnic cleansing in Eritrea -The Case of the Afar

  • Year: 2015
  • Country: Eritrea
  • Topics / Regions: Eritrea Afar Ethiopia Ethnic Cleansing
  • Presentation by Afar Rights Activists who spoke about Human rights violations against Afar in Eritrea, the work it has been done to bring to the attention of international community and the UN. June 4th 2015 Ottawa- Canada

"Now is the turn of the Indian woman, to raise her voice against injustice," says Sampat Pal Devi

  • Year: 2014
  • Country: India
  • Topics / Regions: India Gulaab gang
  • Sampat's grassroots story and her infectious raw energy will move you. Uneducated, with limited resources and her only weapon her boldness, she founded 'GULABI GANG'. From a handful of women she now leads over 10,000 women to fight for their rights in and around a small village in Uttar Pradesh.

Exploring Gender Equality Issues in Samoa - E Āu le Ina'ilau a Tama'ita'i

  • Year: 2013
  • Country: Fiji Samoa Tonga Vanuatu
  • Topics / Regions: Samoa Equality feminism gender equality pacific Vanuatu Tonga Fiji
  • Gender equality is an issue in all countries. Director Galumalemana Steven Percival explores the issue in Samoa with the support of the Pacific Media Assistance Scheme (PACMAS). The documentary explores the intersection between traditional cultural beliefs and women's participation in community life in Samoa. Men and women are given the opportunity to articulate what they belief are the barriers to gender equality in the country. More information on Steven's work can be found here: