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17th Travelling Film Festival watch docs HUMAN RIGHTS IN FILMS

HF (2018-03-15)

WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in films is one of the most recognised and the biggest film festivals about human rights. 
In Poland it attracts approximately 70,000 every year.

It's the 16th edition of WATCH DOCS in Lublin. Like every year we want to present the best documentaries raising the issues of human rights. We want to show you the world from different perspectives, analyse global conflicts, ones near us and ones that are happening on the other side of the planet, and meet people: extraordinary ones and those who just live a simple life.

Short and full-length films, meetings, discussions, thought-provoking moments. And later - the action? Who knows! Come and see how diverse the world is.

In Lublin festival takes place in the cinema in Centrum Kultury w Lublinie
(Peowiaków 12) on the 23th-25th March.

Free admission to all films and events.


23rd March 2018 (Friday)

5:30 PM
"Article 18"
75', 2017, Poland, director: Bartosz Staszewski, cinematography: Bartosz Staszewski, Inga Pawłoska, editing: Bartosz Staszewski, production: Bartosz Staszewski, Sławomir Wodzyński

Film in Polish with English subtitles.

Article 18 of the Polish Constitution talks about the protection of marriage as a union between a man and a woman. This fact has been used as a weapon by those in Poland who are opposed to formalizing same-sex unions. After a quarter century of freedom, not only are same-sex marriages still prohibited, but there hasn’t been any sort of regulation of civil unions whatsoever. In his film, Bartosz Staszewski tries to find out why this is the case.

7:00 PM
Meeting with the film director Bartosz Staszewski after the screening (CK Basement, English and sign language translation).


"Still Tomorrow"
88', 2016, China, director: Jian Fan, cinematography: Ming Xue, Jian Fan, editing: Matthieu Laclau, Jian Fan, production: Youku Tudou.

Polish and English subtitles

With short poem “Crossing Half of China to Sleep With You,” Yu Xiuhua became a nationwide online sensation almost overnight. Shortly thereafter, this poet from an agricultural province of China, was already a literary star, enthusiastically met by crowds of fans in Beijing. A fascinating combination of absolute sincerity and subtle sensitivity characterize not only the poetry of Yu Xiuhua but also the film art of Jian Fan, to which we owe a debt of gratitude for one of the most beautiful documentaries of recent years.

24th March 2018 (Saturday)

3:00 PM
"The Island od Crimea. Deja Vu”
30' 2014 Ukraine, director: Ihor Chayka, cinematography: Alexander Dzhantimirov, Nick Avdeenko, editing: Vadim Storozhev, Ihor Chayka, production: Yaroslav Kamenski.

Film in Russian with Polish subtitles.

The amazing prophecy by Soviet dissident Vasily Aksyonov, author of the science-fiction novel The Island of Crimea (1979), about the annexation of the Black Sea peninsula by a powerful neighbour, provides the point of departure in Ihor Chayka’s film about the genesis of Russia’s invasion of Crimea. By analyzing statements made by politicians and archival footage from Russian television, Chayka leaves no doubt as to the fact that the Kremlin had been planning this operation for years

Meeting with the director Ihor Chayka after the screening (English and sign language translation).

5:00 PM
"Białowieża Forest. Here We Are"
50', 2017, Poland, director: Robert Kowalski, cinematography: New Media Project, Mateusz Szlachtycz, editing: Paweł Deliś, production:, Robert Kowalski

Film in Polish.

The movement to protect the Białowieża Forest from logging is one of the most prominent social movements in Poland in recent years. A totally grassroots initiative that is not affiliated with any party or political movement, it is based on the simple principle of peaceful protest in defense of the Białowieża Forest, the last natural primeval forest in Europe. A space was thus created for people wanting to get directly involved in the protest against logging, the Camp for the Forest

6:00 PM
"Leave Her!"
28', 2017, Poland, director: Rudolf Robak, cinematography: Kolektyw, editing: Kolektyw, production: Rudof Robak

Film in Polish.

What are citizens capable of doing for their country when the authorities don't listen, remain deaf to the opinions of scientists and violate EU law? For one thing, they can suspend themselves from steel structures blocking the harvesters being used to cut down trees in the Białowieża Forest, the last primeval forest in Europe.

6:45 PM
Meeting with the activists from the Camp for the Forest after the screenings (English and sign language translation).

8:15 PM
17', 2016, Poland, director: Agnieszka Elbanowska, cinematography: Paweł Chorzępa, editing: Agnieszka Elbanowska, production: Studio Munka-SFP, Impakt Film

Film in Polish with English subtitles.

The director of the Municipal Cultural Center in Aleksandrów Kujawski announced a competition on patriotic attitudes called "I'll show you my patriotism." The jury for the competition, which was held on the Independence Day, includes not only the director but also a journalist-poet, a Roman Catholic parish priest and the mayor. Poland's red-and-white flag hangs over the stage, which is filled with the sort of artificial smoke usually seen at discos, while the prize is a 22-inch LED television. Which of the participants will be able to convince the jury that they are the most sincere in showing their love for their homeland?

8:45 PM
"Silent War"
72', 2017, France, Switzerland, director: Manon Loizeau, editing: Mathieu Goasguen, Alain Rimbert, production: Magneto Presse
Film with Polish and English subtitles.

Note: Due to its extreme content, this film is intended for adult viewers only.

Rape has always gone hand in hand with war, and the parties to a conflict have always used it as a tool to intimidate their enemy’s society. But this sort of sweeping generalization does nothing to reflect the enormous suffering that Syrian women have experienced during the war in their country. Manon Loizeau has been documenting the most dangerous places in the world for years. This time, she gives a voice to women who have lived through unimaginable horrors.

25th March 2018 (Sunday)

4:00 PM
"Another News Story"
85', 2017, United Kingdom, director: Orban Wallace, cinematography: Josh Allott, editing: Dominic Stabb, production: GALLIVANT FILM, WISLOCKI FILMS

Film in English with Polish subtitles.

The protagonists of Wallace’s film are journalists covering the contemporary tale of migration from Greece to Germany. Thanks to the director's simple gesture of turning his camera around 180 degrees, we can get to know some of the people who are shaping the way we see the refugee crisis. The very same individuals and crews are often met at different stages of the journey, which allows Wallace to develop both the protagonists and the drama of the film. In his documentary, the media obviously "play" not only themselves, but they are also a clear metaphor for our European view of these newcomers.

5:40 PM

"Truth Detectives"
86', 2017, Germany, director: Anja Reiss, cinematography: Jonathan Saruk, editing: Jann Anderegg, production: doc.station Medienproduktion, WDR, ARTE

Film in English with Polish subtitles.

We often associate new technologies with threats to our human rights, but they also make available previously unknown but now widely accessible opportunities to take action in defense of these rights. Eyewitnesses are recording violations more and more with their mobile telephones, and human rights defenders, journalists, scholars and lawyers are able to complement such evidence with further research, such as historical analyses of satellite images, DNA tests, measurements of the conductivity of the soil and three-dimensional models of cities.

7:30 PM
92', 2016, USA, Germany, director: Laura Poitras, cinematography: Kirsten Johnson, Laura Poitras, Katy Scoggin, editing: Melody London, Erin Casper, Laura Poitras, production: Praxis Films

Film in English with Polish subtitles.
Oscar winner (for “Citizenfour”) Laura Poitras's most personal film, a portrait of the man behind WikiLeaks, Julian Assange. Filmed over six years, the true subject appears to be the increasingly ambivalent relationship between the artist and her subject. The director’s unprecedented access to the man who changed the face of global journalism—we even see Assange in disguise before seeking refuge at the Ecuadorian Embassy—resulted in a documentary so sincere that it even drew protests from its main protagonist.