Thank you to all of our audiences for an amazing festival.

The 2020 NY Digital edition of the Human Rights Watch Festival has now ended. We are grateful to all of the filmmakers, activists and audience members who participated.

Our rights to screen the films on this platform expired at 11:59pm EST (8:59pm PT) on June 20 and at this time we are no longer able to offer viewing extensions for the films.

We hope that you will follow us on @hrwfilmfestival on Twitter + Instagram and follow the films on social media to hear of upcoming digital screenings in the US + beyond.

Previous festival info:

Welcome to the 2020 Human Rights Watch Film Festival, June 11-20

The films in our NY Digital lineup are available to audience members across the United States between the dates: JUNE 11–20. We also hope you will join us for the live Q&A events with filmmakers and human rights advocates after every film.

Ticketing/ Rentals How-To

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival is offering our 2020 lineup through this secure online platform. You can rent individual films for $9 each.

Similar to the way our in-person film festivals would work, we do expect that some films in our festival will sell-out, and currently the film festival pass is sold out. There are a limited number of tickets available for each film. If you would like to enjoy the full catalog of films, we suggest that you purchase your tickets to each film as soon as possible. Once a film sells out, it will no longer be possible for audience members to rent the title on our platform.

Here’s how to buy a ticket + view a film festival title:

  1. Find the film that you want to purchase a ticket for (or rent) on our homepage.
  2. Select the button to “purchase a ticket” for the title.
  3. If you have a promo code, please enter it on the screen by selecting the checkbox that reads “I have a promo code.” and typing in the code.
  4. Follow steps to check out using our secure payment platform, Stripe.
  5. Once a ticket for the film has been purchased it will sit in your library on the website.
  6. When the festival goes live to the public June 11 - 20, the films you have purchased a “ticket” for will become available to view. The films will be available to complete viewing until June 20 at 11:59pm ET, however once you begin to play a title, you must complete viewing within 24 hours.
  7. To view the films you have purchased a ticket for, you can go to the top right corner of the homepage to find “My library” on hrwfilmfestivalstream.org to select the title that you wish to view and press PLAY. 8.*Viewing window timing: The way this festival works is a bit like an on-demand “rental” service. Once you begin playback on any title you must complete viewing of the title within 24 hours. After this time, the film will no longer be available for you to view (even if you are-midway through the film). It appears that there is a glitch making it difficult to rent the same title again and play, so we don’t suggest renting a title twice at this time until this issue is resolved. With any issues please email filmfestival@hrw.org and our customer support team will help you to complete your viewing.

Here’s how the Film Festival pass works:

If you have purchased a pass before it sold out, you now have access to all 11 HRW Film Festival titles in your library.

  1. Once the film festival pass ticket has been purchased the full list of 11 films will sit in your library on the festival streaming website.
  2. When the festival goes live to the public June 11 - 20, the films you have rented will become available to view.
  3. To view your films you can go to the library on hrwfilmfestivalstream.org to select the title that you wish to view and press PLAY. Please note: Once you begin playback on any individual title you must complete viewing of that title within 24 hours. After this time, the film will no longer be available for you to view (even if you are-midway through the film). With any issues please email filmfestival@hrw.org and our customer support team will help you..

Q&A How-To

We hope that you will join us for one of the 11 exciting Q&As taking place for each film in this year’s program. This year, the Human Rights Watch staff, filmmakers + researchers will be bringing dynamic conversations to you -live from their homes. Click this page to see the full lineup of Q&A times/dates and the links to join. This information will also be listed on the description of each individual film page of this streaming website. Please note: Q&As are free to join and watch, but you must have a ticket to view each film on this site.

List of films with subtitles and/or closed captioning

Please note: For the film FROM HERE all viewers must select subtitles before playing the film as many languages are spoken in the film. To turn on subtitles, select the “Closed Captioning” (CC) icon on your screen. - From Here (Spanish Subtitles, English Subtitles, Closed Captioning) - I Am Samuel (English Subtitles, Closed Captioning) - Radio Silence (Fully subtitled in English) - Reunited (Fully subtitled in English)

Frequently asked questions:

Does my ticket purchase support HRW?

Ticket sales support the festival, and the work that we do at Human Rights Watch, as well as our cinema partners IFC and Film at Lincoln Center, however ticket purchases are not considered tax-deductible. As part of a non-profit organization, our festival does not break even after the cost of ticket sales when factoring in the costs of paying filmmakers for their work, running the event, and HRW does not earn any “profit” from the festival. The Covid-19 crisis has had a dramatic impact on small businesses, films and cinemas around the world. This year, the film festival is splitting our ticket income with our cinema partners, to help support them through this challenging year.

Can I gift a film in the festival or a ticket/pass to a friend? Yes, you can. If you would like to purchase a batch of tickets, or a festival pass to give to someone else, please email filmfestival@hrw.org and we will set this up for you.

OK, but how can I support Human Rights Watch work?

We would be grateful if you would also consider making a tax-deductible donation to Human Rights Watch to support our work. Donations will go a long way to ensure that the Festival endures and comes back strong in 2021.

Can I watch these films on a TV in the US?

Yes! You can watch:

You can cast from the browser on your device (from Chrome on Android, or Safari on iOS).

Thank you to all of our audiences for an amazing festival.

The 2020 NY Digital edition of the Human Rights Watch Festival has now ended. We are grateful to all of the filmmakers, activists and audience members who participated.

Our rights to screen the films on this platform expired at 11:59pm EST (8:59pm PT) and at this time we are no longer able to offer viewing extensions for the films.

We hope that you will follow us on @hrwfilmfestival on Twitter + Instagram to hear of upcoming digital screenings in the US + beyond.