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article imageHuman rights film festival set to go in Montreal this weekend

By John Duarte     Feb 27, 2012 in Entertainment
Montreal - People’s struggles around the globe will be front and centre in Montreal this weekend at the third-annual DocFest, a film festival featuring documentaries dealing with human rights issues.
Journalists for Human Rights (JHR), which co-ordinates the annual showcase for short and feature-length documentaries, partnered with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) to make Montreal home for DocFest in 2012.
"We are proud to partner with JHR for DocFest," said CMHR president and CEO Stuart Murray. "This provides us with a great opportunity to promote our mandate of raising awareness and fostering dialogue on human rights issues in Canada and abroad."
Six films will be screened March 2 and 3 as part of this year’s festival. Among the films to be screened are The Team, Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride and Tin City Voices.
The Team follows the struggles of a co-ed, multi-ethnic soccer squad to overcome their differences, both on and off the pitch. The film was screened at HotDocs, the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, the Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and the AFI / Discovery Channel Silverdocs Festival.
Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride showcases the fight for human equality through Pride parades around the world. It has been screened at over 60 festivals and Pride events around the world and has won numerous awards.
Tin City Voices, which follows the struggle of living in the slums of Georgetown, Guyana, won the Top Emerging Filmmaker award at the Toronto Urban Film Festival for director Elijah Marchand.
"Film festivals such as Rights Media DocFest are paramount in exploring the world we face today," said 2010 festival director Sophie Langlois. "The submissions are groundbreaking and stimulate interesting discussions for all audiences."
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