Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival

18th Annual

2018 Festival Schedule

All films are FREE. Donations to the Film Festival and/or a new clean pair of socks for local homeless folks can be made at each film.


Official Selections:

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All Governments Lie
(Canada/2016/92min) Profiles independent journalist I.F. Stone, who investigated stories ignored by the mainstream media from 1953-1971. He became the inspiration of many modern journalists, such as Amy Goodman.
The Bail Trap
(USA/2017/34min) The money bail system is one of the main feeders of mass incarceration, yet few people know how it works and why we need to do away with it.
Bending the Arc
(USA/2017/102min) In 1983, three young people barely out of their teens began a public health revolution by treating patients who had been abandoned by the health establishment. The community health model they developed has since saved millions of lives in the developing world.
Black Code
(Canada/2016/89min) Looks at the impact of the internet and social media on free speech, privacy, and activism. How do social protest movements use the new media, and how have some governments responded?
Care
(USA/2017/64min) Through the stories of both paid caregivers and their elderly clients, Care pulls back the curtain on the poignant and largely hidden world of eldercare in the U.S.
Close Immigrant Prisons
(USA/2017/15min) Each year the U.S. locks up about 440,000 immigrants in over 200 prisons. These prisons represent a highly privatized, lucrative, and abusive industry.
Equal Means Equal
(USA/2016/93min) Unflinching look at treatment of women in the U.S. today. The film uncovers how outdated and discriminatory attitudes inform and influence seemingly disparate issues: workplace harassment, domestic violence, sexual assault, the foster care system, the healthcare conglomerate, and the judicial system.
500 Years: Life in Resistance
(USA/2017/108min) From a historic genocide trial to the overthrow of a president, 500 Years tells a sweeping story of mounting resistance played out in Guatemala’s recent history, through the actions and perspectives of the majority indigenous Mayan population.
Hunger Strikes: A Call to End Immigrant Detention
(USA/2017/12min) Describes the response to human rights abuses at the Federal Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington.
Kokota: The Islet of Hope
(Canada-Tanzania/2016/28min) East African islanders help each other deal with the effects of a changing climate on their land by using very innovative strategies.
Little Rebel
(USA/2017/10min) Inspiring story of an asylum immigrant from The Gambia, who lives in Seattle, Washington.
Nowhere to Hide
(Norway-Sweden/2016/86min) An Iraqi nurse and his family document their lives and attempt to survive warfare as society disintegrates in northern Iraq in 2011.
100 Years: One Woman's Fight for Justice
(USA/2016/75min) Elouise Cobell’s fight for justice for Native Americans who were cheated out of billions of dollars of mineral rights payments by the U.S. government.
Peace Is an Inside Job
(USA/2017/19min) A convict in the Washington Corrections Center for Women finds peace through yoga.
Quebec 4 Palestine
(Canada/2017/49min) A description of the growing Israel boycott, divest, and sanctions movement in Montreal, Canada.
The Return
(USA/2016/81min) After California amended its “Three Strikes” law, many prisoners were suddenly released. The film follows three as they navigate in society again.
Salmon Confidential
(Canada/2012/69min) Independent scientist warns of disease affecting farmed salmon in British Columbia, information which the B.C. government then covers up.
Sands of Silence
(USA-Spain/2016/86min) A 15-year quest to expose international sexual exploitation and trafficking leads a reporter to the beach where her own family secrets began.
Straws
(USA/2017/33min) A powerful documentary about plastic straws and other forms of plastic pollution that inundate our waterways and oceans. The film illustrates how individuals, groups, and businesses around the globe are reducing plastic straw use.
Watch Night
(USA/2017/6min) Stimulating talk about standing up against racism and sexism.
The Watershed Guardians of the Fraser River
(Canada/2017/68min) A beautiful river lies just over the border from us. How healthy is it? The film profiles citizens working against the deterioration of British Columbia’s Fraser River.
What Doesn't Kill Me
(UK/2017/81min) A startling exposé of how the U.S. court system endangers the children of domestic abuse victims by taking them from their protective mothers and placing them with the abuser.
What Lies Upstream
(USA/2017/89min) Investigation of the 2014 chemical spill that contaminated Charleston, West Virginia’s water supply. Through dogged investigation, we learn more about what really goes on in state and federal regulatory agencies that are supposed to protect our drinking water.
When Two Worlds Collide
(USA/2016/103min) Political and economic interests in Peru want to extract oil, gas, and minerals from untouched indigenous Amazonian land. They are met with fierce opposition from an indigenous leader and throngs of his followers.
Yasuni Man
(USA/2016/94min) The story of the conflict involving the Yasuni indigenous people of the Ecuadorian Amazon that has pitted biodiversity and human rights against extractive industries.