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Rights film fest to start tour in N.Y.

The fifth Human Rights Watch Intl. Film Festival is scheduled to unspool April 29-May 12 in New York City before traveling to Los Angeles and other major U.S. cities.

Comprised of films and videos dedicated exclusively to human rights issues, fest will be highlighted by a retrospective of the work of German director Margarethe von Trotta, including her latest, “The Long Silence,” as well as “The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum” and “Rosa Luxemburg.”

Also set is a program of entries from the Black Audio Film Collective, Britain’s leading black production company. Among the titles being offered are “Messin’ Up God’s Glory,””Seven Songs for Malcolm X,””Handsworth Song” and “Testament.”

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