Documented: Human Rights

Documented: Human Rights

From issues relating to LGBTQ2S+ rights, the rights of Indigenous peoples to the right to free speech and the right to a fair trial, these films provide valuable insights into the lives of people fighting for justice for themselves, for others and for their communities.

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Documented: Human Rights
  • Liyana

    "A lyrical work that's as bright and captivating as it is poignant." The Hollywood Reporter

    Dublin International Film Festival
    BFI London Film Festival
    Palm Springs Films Festival

    A Swazi girl embarks on a dangerous quest to rescue her young twin brothers in a tale is born of the imaginations o...

  • Since I Been Down

    "In a nation crying for change, Since I Been Down is not only timely but a vital piece to an ever-growing picture that needs to be seen." Film Inquiry

    Directed by Dr. Gilda Sheppard, Since I Been Down tells the dramatic story of how an American community, held captive by 1990’s punitive policies...

  • Belly Of The Beast

    Human Rights Watch Film Festival
    Heartland Film Festival
    Mil Valley Film Festival

    An Emmy winner in the Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary category, Belly of the Beast follows a courageous young woman and a radical lawyer as they discover a pattern of illegal sterilizations in California’s ...

  • The Cost Of Freedom - Refugee Journalists in Canada

    The latest film from award-winning Canadian filmmaker, historian, and journalist James Cullingham (Searching For Blind For Death) focuses on the lives of three journalists - Abdulrahman Matar from Syria, Luis Nájera of México and Arzu Yildiz from Turkey - exploring the reasons that each person fl...

  • Born in Evin

    Berlin International Film Festival
    Hot Docs Film Festival
    IDFA

    Born in Evin follows filmmaker and actress, Maryam Zaree, on her quest to find out the violent circumstances surrounding her birth inside one of the most notorious political prisons in the world. Over forty years have passed since th...

  • Queerama

    "...a heartening celebration of progress and a cautionary reminder of all the broken lives and lonely hearts trampled along the way." Screendaily

    Sheffield Doc/Fest
    IDFA
    Seattle International Film Festival

    This expertly edited compilation of archive footage from 1919 to the present, from both d...

  • Jaha's Promise

    Sheffield Doc/Fest
    CPH:DOX
    Mill Valley Film Festival

    Jaha's Promise tells the remarkable story of activist Jaha Dukureh, as she returns home to Gambia from the U.S. to campaign against the female genital mutilation practices that almost destroyed her life. Having endured the devastating impact o...

  • Birth of a Family

    "A revelatory documentary, Birth of a Family is a family-reunion doc unlike any you’ve seen before." POV Magazine

    Hot Docs International Film Festival
    Edmonton International Film Festval

    In this deeply moving feature-length documentary from filmmaker Tasha Hubbard, three sisters and a brother m...

  • What Walaa Wants

    Hot Docs Film Festival
    Berlin International Film Festival
    Seattle International Film Festival

    What Walaa Wants follows Walaa from age 15 through 21 raised by her environment in a refugee camp. Separated from her mother due to an eight year prison sentence, Walaa is a determined young woman recog...

  • The Road Forward

    Hot Docs Film Festival
    imagineNATIVE Film Festival

    Marie Clement's The Road Forward is a musical documentary that utilizes numerous filmmaking techniques to powerful effect. Using the story of Canada’s first Indigenous newspaper, The Native Voice, as its focal point, this particularly distincti...

  • Jordan River Anderson: The Messenger

    Toronto International Film Festival

    "In 65 minutes, numerous issues involved in Indigenous community and government relations are deftly explained to give space to this important fight for basic human rights for Indigenous children." - NOW Toronto

    The story of Jordan River Anderson, an Indigeno...

  • Our Dance Of Revolution

    “But this is an important, ground breaking movie. See it with an audience that’s bound to be passionate and proud.” - NOW Toronto

    Hot Docs International Documentary Festival

    Our Dance Of Revolution is a documentary that tells the stories of Black queer folks in Toronto. Throughout history the c...

  • Our People Will Be Healed

    "This film functions as both cinema and journalism, the camera pushing us into a world we might not otherwise see and illuminating that world on a human scale." NOW Magazine

    Toronto International Film Festival

    Our People Will Be Healed, Alanis Obomsawin’s 50th film, reveals how a Cree community...

  • Mighty Jerome

    Vancouver International Film Festival

    From acclaimed filmmaker Charles Officer comes the story of the rise, fall and redemption of Harry Jerome, Canada's most record-setting track and field star. Gorgeous monochrome imagery, impassioned interviews and astonishing archival footage are used in thi...

  • Hi-Ho Mistahey!

    Toronto International Film Festival

    In this feature-length documentary, Alanis Obomsawin tells the story of Shannen's Dream, a national campaign to provide equitable access to education in safe and suitable schools for First Nations children. Strong participation in this initiative eventually br...

  • Unarmed Verses

    "There's a quiet, discreet magic at work with Charles Officer's latest documentary, Unarmed Verses." The Globe and Mail

    Winner Hot Docs Film Festival
    Seattle International Film Festival
    Winner Vancouver Film Festival

    A thoughtful and vivid portrait of a community facing imposed relocation. At ...

  • A Young Patriot

    Toronto International Film Festival
    CPH: DOX Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival
    Sheffield Doc/Fest

    'A Young Patriot' explores the patriotism in China`s youths born after 1990. The film follows a 19-year-old Zhao and his flag-waving,slogan-shouting 'patriotic exhibitionist' for 3 ...

  • Nîpawistamâsowin We Will Stand Up

    The story of the killing of Colten Boushie and his family's pursuit of justice.

  • Silence Is A Falling Body

    International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
    Filmfest Hamburg
    Brooklyn Film Festival

    Silence Is A Falling Body follows filmmaker Agustina Comedi as she explores hundreds of hours of footage from the videotapes that her father Jaime recorded throughout his life. Her search to learn more abou...

  • Wake Up On Mars

    "...a thoughtful film, handsomely made and eye-opening." The Hollywood Reporter

    Tribeca Film Festival
    Visions du Réel Film Festival
    Biografilm Festival

    A 10-year-old Roma boy living in Sweden attempts to come to terms with the mysterious resignation syndrome that has put his two sisters in a co...