​New Leonardo DiCaprio film set to screen at Human Rights Watch Film Festival in London

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival will start on March 8, run to the 16th, and is set to feature 14 award-winning documentaries and features, including Leonardo DiCaprio produced Silas.

15th February 2018
/ By Matthew Whitehouse

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The festival will celebrate International Women's Day, by opening with Naila and the Uprising, directed by Julia Bacha. 

John Biaggi, creative director of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival said: “In a year in which women have collectively raised their voices against discrimination and abuse, the 22nd edition of the festival spotlights strong women who push back against formidable forces within their respective societies.

“We are thrilled to open with the powerful Naila and the Uprising, which showcases women change-makers, and we look forward to welcoming the director Julia Bacha and film subjects Naila Ayesh and Zahira Kamal.”

Closing the festival is Silas, a documentary following activist Silas Siakor, a Liberian environmentalist who was awarded the Goldman environmental award in 2006. 

Leonardo DiCaprio executive produces, with Anjali Nayar and Hawa Essuman directing.

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Leonardo DiCaprio

There will also a screening of This is Congo at the benefit gala, which Timo Meuller, researcher in the Africa Division of Human Rights Watch described as: “the best documentary I’ve seen on the Democratic Republic of Congo."

The full list of Human Rights Watch Film Festival films are:

Naila and the Uprising


The Poetess

Women of the Venezuelan Chaos


A Cambodian Spring

Insha’Allah Democracy

The Force

The Workers Cup

12 Days

The Long Season

This Is Congo

Tickets are available now.