In its 17th year as one of the city's oldest continuously running film festivals, and certainly the most thematically vital, the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival is also a traditional repository for progressive features without much of a marketplace hope—which can be a sign that their ethical ducks are set in a row. Not since the Reagan-era rape of Central America has the fest had quite so much grist to mill, and naturally the docket concerned with Iraq, Muslim life, and U.S. neo-imperialism is well stocked. (Western doc crews must now be as common a sight on Mideast city streets as fruit vendors and cabbies.) Appropriately, the focus is always on the besieged,... More >>>