15th Annual Human Rights Film Festival
March in San Francisco is the month where things in our great city start to really heat up. Festivals, wine tours, and spring extravaganzas of all stripes begin to unfold as the residents of the Bay Area celebrate Spring.
For lovers of film and seekers of human justice, the 15th Annual Human Rights Film Festival is going to be a landmark moment in a season of activities. Presented by the University of San Francisco’s College of Arts and Sciences, the Human Rights Film Festival continually proves itself to be one of the most well stocked and forward thinking festivals of its kind in the world. Highlights from previous HRFF years include The Look of Silence (Joshua Oppenheimer’s follow-up to his groundbreaking The Act of Killing), and The Black Panthers: Vanguards of the Revolution.
The full schedule for this years festival has yet to be released, but that doesn’t mean that you should not start getting excited with the knowledge that the end of March, from the 23rd until the 25th, you will have the chance to see over a dozen films from both national and international filmmakers who are making waves around the world. Many of these films will be experiencing their U.S. Premiere, and a for a few of them this will be the first time an audience is going to see the completed picture.
As well as the above mentioned films, past festivals have included movies highlighting:
- Torture and its unforeseen effects
- Environmental destruction and its causes
- The continuing fight against HIV
- The impact perpetual war has on children
- Poverty throughout the globe
A weekend of rushing from theater to theater does get exhausting, but at the HRFF that is not an issue. All the films, from international blockbusters to student presentations, will be shown at the state-of-the-art Presentation Theater. Located on the University of San Francisco’s Turk Street Campus, this venue is a perfect place to host the wide selection of films as well as provide a safe space for the audience to mingle and share their passion for cinema and human rights all at the same time.
The Human Rights Film Festival is, as always, completely free, easy to experience, and life changing.