Human Rights Watch Film Festival, London 17-26 Mar

Journalist P. Sainath writes about the thousands of farmers who commit suicide each year due to poverty and the inability to repay debts, exposing a lack of social justice and a huge wealth disparity within India.This year’s line-up of insightful documentary and fiction films bears witness to human rights violations and environmental issues. This year’s programme includes three films focusing on environmental issues: two features from Kenya and India, and a short film from the USA, made by a young filmmaker in the Adobe Youth Producing Change programme.

Nero’s Guest: Monday 22nd March, Wednesday 24th March

Sainath writes about the thousands of farmers who commit suicide each year due to poverty and the inability to repay debts, exposing a lack of social justice and a huge wealth disparity within India. In this fluidly edited documentary, we follow P. Sainath as he speaks and writes on the fate of the poor and how the world—India and beyond—colludes to hide their stories.

Good Fortune: Saturday 20th March

Through intimate portraits of two Kenyans battling aid organisations to keep their homes this film presents a unique opportunity to experience foreign aid through the people it is intended to benefit.

Aquafinto: Friday 19th March, Saturday March 20th

Access to clean water is a basic human necessity, yet corporations seeking profit are purchasing community water supplies around the world. Aquafinito raises awareness of the human rights and environmental impact of bottled water.

Venue: Screenings are taking place at a number of venues across London:

    * Curzon Soho
    * Curzon Mayfair
    * The Ritzy, Brixton
    * ICA (Institution of Contempory Arts

More information, http://www.hrw.org/en/iff/london

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