NEW YORK — The 12th annual Human Rights Watch Intl. Film Festival will unspool 38 films, mostly documentaries in their New York premieres, June 15-28 at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater.
A musical perf by Ziggy Marley will accompany opening night screening of Stephanie Black’s docu “Life and Debt,” which features narration written and read by Jamaica Kincaid.
Scheduled activities also include the 6th annual Irene Diamond Lifetime Achievement Award, which this year honors Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck (“Lumumba”), and the 2001 Nestor Almendros Prize for courage in human rights filmmaking, which will be handed to Italian documentarians Alberto Vendemmiati, Fabrizio Lazzaretti and Giuseppe Pettito. The trio’s “Jung (War) in the Land of the Mujaheddin” is preeming at the festival.
The event wraps with the Gotham preem of Sandi Simcha Dubowski’s “Trembling Before G-d,” a recent New Yorker Films acquisition that competed this year at Sundance and took the Teddy for best docu at the 2001 Berlin Intl. Film Festival.
HRWIFF is co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center.