THE LONG, LONG SEARCH FOR JUSTICE
Who on this planet believes that good triumphs
over evil? Even before 9/11, our so-called civilization seemed chaotic
and scary, providing little hope that innocents would be protected
and murderers brought to justice. Yet, as always, serious artists
continue to not only protest moral corruption--all the physical
and psychological atrocities committed by profiteers, politicians
and militants--but to examine conditions that create a climate in
which lethal madness thrives.
Have the world's filmmakers come up with answers offering illumination,
perhaps even solace? Starting June 14, we can find out at the Walter
Reade Theater, when the Human Rights Watch and the Film Society
of Lincoln Center launch the 13th Annual Human Rights Watch International
Film Festival. The series, featuring 33 dramatic and documentary
films and videos from 15 countries, will run through June 27.
What subjects will be tackled? Here's just a sampling: Starting
right at the top with the pope, Catholic officials are accused of
knowing far more than they should have known about the Holocaust
in "Amen," which will be shown at Alice Tully Hall on June 12, two
days before the official beginning of the festival; an Italian surgeon
and a British medical coordinator work together amid the horrors
of a post-9/11 Kabul hospital in "Afghanistan Year 1380"; one of
America's most influential statesmen is charged with being a war
criminal in "The Trials of Henry Kissinger"; conservative Christians
voice their intense opposition to gay rights, even though their
own children are openly gay, in "Family Fundamentals"; three young
women who were abducted and used as sex slaves recall their torment
in "Operation Fine Girl: Rape Used as a Weapon of War in Sierra
Leone"; and, with just a touch of humor, American Indians fight
poverty and alcoholism on a South Dakota reservation in "Skins,"
the film that closes the festival.
There, now. Feeling better?
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