Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Human Rights Watch and the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) are presenting their 11th Annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival. The film festival runs from February 26th-March 7th and showcases a few Africana films.

This year’s festival include films such as In the Shadow of the Sun and Big Men. In the Shadow of the Sun, directed by Harry Freeland, was filmed in Tanzania over the course of six years. The intimate and emotional documentary follows two men afflicted with albinism – a condition viewed with superstitious fear and murderous hatred – as they pursue their dreams in the face of virulent prejudice. Freeland will be present as a guest speaker for the presentation of the documentary.

Award-winning documentarian Rachel Boynton (Our Brand Is Crisis) presents Big Men, which takes the viewer inside the rapacious world of the global energy industry with this startling, on-the-ground look at global capitalism in action. Executive produced by Steven Shainberg and Brad Pitt, Big Men investigates the caustic blend of ambition, corruption and greed that threatens to exacerbate Africa’s resource curse.

Tickets for the event are available at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Box Office (350 King Street West) or online at For ticket inquiries, call 416-599-TIFF or toll-free 1-888-599-TIFF. 

For complete film descriptions and film ratings from the festival, visit the website:

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