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Reel Awareness Film Festival Toronto

    10th annual REEL AWARENESS Human Rights Film Festival, Nov 19 to 22 and Special Anniversary Celebration on November 12th

    Amnesty International presents the 10th annual Reel Awareness Human Rights Film Festival, screened exclusively at the Carlton Cinema from November 19-22, 2015. The volunteer-led festival features an international collection of critically-acclaimed documentaries taking an unflinching look at human rights crises.

    The festival is preceded a week earlier with a 10th anniversary reception and panel discussion titled “Human Rights Through a Unique Lens”, at the Paintbox Bistro , 555 Dundas Street East on Thursday, November 12. The conversation will focus on film as a medium to further human rights.  Led by Toronto Star journalist Olivia Ward, the panel features acclaimed Canadian filmmaker Shelley Saywell and film and television actress and producer Jennifer Podemski, amongst others. Buy tickets for November 12th:

    The Kickstarter-funded film Frame by Frame opens the festival on Thursday, November 19. This powerful documentary chronicles the life of four photographers in post-Taliban Afghanistan where photography had been outlawed.  A story of both hope and despair, Frame by Frame paints a picture of a country torn between its past and its future.

    Friday evening’s Highway of Tears explores the societal conditions that led to so many missing and murdered indigenous women along a remote stretch of British Columbia highway.  This must-see Canadian feature offers tangible solutions to systemic problems plaguing Canada’s indigenous population.

    Day and evening programs on Saturday and Sunday showcase films highlighting human rights abuses and the heroic stories of those who fight against them in China, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Guatemala. 

    The festival concludes Sunday night with They Will Have to Kill Us First, which follows a group of musicians from Mali, where music was banned by Sharia law.

    Many of the films will be followed by a Q&A with filmmakers, community activists, and human rights experts. Amnesty International will be present to provide further information about the important issues raised by the films and how to make a difference through a variety of engaging actions. 


    WHEN: Thursday November 19 - Sunday November 22, 2015

    WHERE: Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton Street


    For more info on the festival, to view the full program, and to purchase tickets online go to: Festival contact Elena Dumitru,, 416 363 9933 x333.