Asian-Focused Films to Have US Premieres at Human Rights Watch Film Festival

June 10, 2017 7:00 pmtoJune 17, 2017 9:00 pm

 

 

Co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and IFC Center, the 28th edition of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival runs from Friday, June 9 through Sunday, June 18 and presents 21 topical and provocative feature documentaries and panel discussions that showcase courageous resilience in challenging times. In an era of global advances by far-right forces into the political mainstream, assaults on the free press, and the rise of “citizen journalism,” festival organizers hope that the films in this year’s program can serve as inspiration and motivation for the audience, from seasoned activists to those searching for a role in local and global movements.

In a lineup that champions activism, there are two films that are of Asian interest.

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The Apology
Tiffany Hsiung, 2016, 104 min., Bisaya, Mandarin, English, Japanese, Korean. US Premiere.

Saturday, June 10, 7:00 p.m.
IFC Center – 323 Sixth Avenue at West Third Street
Admission: $15/$11 seniors/$10 members
Followed by Q&A with director Tiffany Hsiung and Sarah Taylor, Advocate, Women’s Rights division, HRW

Sunday, June 11, 8:30 p.m.
Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater – 165 West 65th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue)
Admission: $14/$11 students/$9 members

Followed by Q&A with director Tiffany Hsiung and Sarah Taylor, Advocate, Women’s Rights division, HRW

Grandma Gil in South Korea, Grandma Cao in China, and Grandma Adela in the Philippines were among more than 200,000 girls and young women who were sexually exploited by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II, many through kidnapping, coercion, and sexual slavery. Some 70 years after their imprisonment, and after decades living in silence and shame about their past, the wounds are still fresh for these three former, now elderly, “comfort women.” Despite multiple formal apologies from the Japanese government issued since the early 1990s, there has been little justice; the courageous resolve of these women moves them to fight and seize their last chance to share first-hand accounts of the truth with their families and the world to ensure this horrific chapter of history is neither repeated nor forgotten.

 

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Complicit
Heather White and Lynn Zhang, 2016, 90 min., Mandarin. US Premiere.

Monday, June 12, 6:30 p.m.
Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater – 165 West 65th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue)
Admission: $14/$11 seniors and students/$9 members

Followed by Q&A with director Heather White and special guests

Saturday, June 17, 7:00 p.m.
IFC Center – 323 Sixth Avenue at West Third Street
Admission: $15/$11 seniors/$10 members

Followed by Q&A with director Heather White

Shot under-the-radar, Complicit follows the journey of Chinese Foxconn factory migrant worker-turned-activist Yi Yeting, who takes his fight against the global smartphone industry from his hospital bed to the international stage. While struggling to survive his own work-induced leukemia, Yi Yeting teaches himself labor law in order to prepare a legal challenge against his former employers. But the struggle to defend the lives of millions of Chinese people from becoming terminally ill due to working conditions necessitates confrontation with some of the world’s largest brands, including Apple and Samsung. Unfortunately, neither powerful businesses nor the government are willing to have such scandals exposed.

For a full festival lineup and schedule and to purchase tickets, please visit Human Rights Watch’s website.