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WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film International Film Festival

Warsaw (Poland)

The International Film Festival WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film has been held annually in Warsaw in December since 2001. It combines high-class cinema, mainly documentaries, with public debate.It is a joint project of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights - Poland’s leading human rights organization, the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle – the largest interdisciplinary art center in Eastern Europe, and the Social Institute of Film – an organization specializing in promoting socially engaged cinema.WATCH DOCS is a competition festival with an international jury. The festival's program includes also permanent repertoire sections, retrospectives and tributes. There are four permanent sections: "I Want to See”, presenting themes, events and people currently at the center of attention of human rights defenders, "Close-ups”, annually dedicated to a given part of the world, "Discreet Charm of Propaganda”, dealing with propaganda abuses of audiovisual language, "New Polish films”, screening the best Polish social documentaries of a season.

Each year the Marek Nowicki Prize of the festival is presented to a documentary filmmaker for excellent achievement in showing human rights in film.WATCH DOCS offers dozens of events accompanying the screenings: Q&A sessions and debates with filmmakers, experts, activists, journalists and politicians, film industry and NGO workshops, public lectures and NGO forums. Selected films take part in the Traveling Festival, visiting 40 localities in Poland throughout the year. WATCH DOCS runs also university video-libraries and an on-line festival, where selected films are made available for free to the Internet users with Polish IP addresses.

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