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Israeli filmmakers at Jerusalem Film Festival petition for ceasefire

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While the Jerusalem Film Festival is incessantly interrupted by rocket alert sirens, Israeli filmmakers at the festival have petitioned their government for a ceasefire in Gaza, with this simple but heart stopping signed statement:

A human rights perspective on the World Cup

As Argentina and Germany battled it out in the World Cup- this unforgettable 90 seconds of football commentary from Amnesty's football film festival put the Cup in context of competing headlines.

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Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2014 opens in NY

There are many reasons why the Human Rights Watch Film Festival should grab headlines; including the fact that 16 out of the 20 features and 2 feature films are directed by women, in an industry almost exclusively dominated by men, such as;

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Amnesty UK film festival on human rights- and football

10 points to Amnesty International for finding new audiences for human rights films. Cashing in on the UK's obsession with football, and the world's 2014 World Cup Fever, the Sidelines festival from 06 – 08 June at Hackney Picturehouse will be "a celebration of football and a call for attention on the issues around human rights overlooked within and around the game."

There's no better way to kick it off than with 'Looking for Rio', the UK premiere of former Manchester United legend Eric Cantona’s documentary about "the passion and fury surrounding football in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil."

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Director Oleg Senstov charged in Moscow with terrorism, and prevented from visits by Ukraine Consul

The situation for the film director Oleg Sentsov, who was arrested by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) and charged with terrorism, has descended into a story fit only for a terrifying movie. The Ukrainian consul has "so far been prevented from seeing him [Sentsov]. We have already sent very many requests for a meeting to be allowed with the consul," said the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Yevhen Perebyinis said on Friday on the 112.Ukraine television channel

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Crimean film director arrested and charged with terrorism

Crimea just got a lot scarier - especially for human rights filmmakers. After participating in protests in Crimea, the Crimean film director Oleg Sentsov has been arrested by the Russian Secret Service, charged with organising a terrorist attack. He has been flown to Moscow to face trial, where is now believed to be held in the city's notorious 19th century prison.

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