Voice Choice: Human Rights Watch International Film Festival


The Human Rights Watch International Film Festival documents the real and sometimes politically unpopular stories about everyday people struggling and sacrificing. This year marks the 19th year of the festival and features 19 full-length films and 13 shorts—20 of which are made by women. Tonight, be sure to catch To See If I’m Smiling, a story that takes you into the lives of former Israeli women soldiers (whose country, by the way, is the only one in the world that mandates its young women to serve on active duty). Among the more disturbing experiences, one woman recalls how she got her picture taken with a Palestinian corpse. The short film Deadly Playground, about the one million unexploded cluster bombs that Israel left behind in southern Lebanon after its 2006 war with Hezbollah, precedes it. At 1:30 and 9:15 p.m., check for full festival schedule, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theater, 70 Lincoln Center,, $7–$11 EUDIE PAK