West Midlands Human Rights Film Festival

Organizers have put together a stimulating programme of talks, discussions and film screenings ...

Update from West Midlands Human Rights Film Festival which runs from 6 September - 4 October 2011 in Birmingham

"Birmingham International Film Society presents the region's first ever Human Rights Film Festival. The Festival aims to screen a range of films that investigate the notion of human rights in the 21st Century as measured against the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

With a wide selection of specially invited guest speakers – filmmakers, commentators, academics and campaigners – our aim is to give audiences the opportunity to discuss and debate the issues highlighted in the films.

With recent events at home and abroad, the Arab Spring and the riots across Britain, as well as the consequences of recent conflicts – extraordinary rendition and Guantánamo – the whole concept of human rights has been put under intense scrutiny.

What are human rights, who is entitled to them and how are they represented by our media?"

Schedule / Festival Venues & Ticket Prices

The Green Wave (12A)
Tue 6th Sep 2011 19:30
Just Do It: A Tale of Modern-Day Outlaws (E)
Thu 8th Sep 2011 18:00
An Independent Mind (E)
Thu 8th Sep 2011 20:15
Pray The Devil Back To Hell (E)
Tue 13th Sep 2011 18:15
The Night of Truth (18)
Tue 13th Sep 2011 20:15
The Coca-Cola Case (E)
Thu 15th Sep 2011 18:15
The Official Story (15)
Thu 15th Sep 2011 20:00
Four Days Inside Guantánamo (E)
Tue 20th Sep 2011 19:00
Arna’s Children (E)
Thu 22nd Sep 2011 18:00
A Better Life (12A)
Tue 27th Sep 2011 18:00
Article 12 (E)
Wed 28th Sep 2011 18:15
Defeat of the Champion (E)
Wed 28th Sep 2011 20:00
Pavee Céilidh (E)
Tue 4th Oct 2011 18:15
Our Generation (E)
Tue 4th Oct 2011 20:00


  1. The Green Wave (12A)
    Tue 6th Sep 2011 19:30

    Library Theatre

    2010 Iran (Farsi with subtitles) 80 mins. .


    Green is the colour of hope, Islam and the symbol of recognition among supporters of presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who became the symbolic figure of the Green Revolution. The presidential elections on June 12th, 2009 were supposed to bring about a change, but contrary to all expectations ultra-conservative populist Ahmadinejad was confirmed in office. Using the testimony of brave Iranian bloggers who risked imprisonment, torture and death, alongside protestors’ mobile phone images and animated sequences, The Green Wave tells the true story of how popular demonstrations were suppressed by brutal attacks from government militia. Ahadi’s new film is a compelling document of the events now seen as a precursor to the recent ‘Arab Spring’.

    ‘A poetic and heartfelt portrait of a nation oppressed’ - Eye for Film

    The festival opens with a special reception at the Library Theatre at 6.30pm followed by an opening address by Simon Davies, director of Privacy International. This will be followed by a special preview screening of The Green Wave.

    Directed by Ali Samadi Ahadi

  2. Worrying opening address by Simon Davies, director of Privacy International, who discussed dangerous of technological surveillance. Tracking people in order to abuse them was picked up as major theme in the festival film tonight.


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