Gonna Love Me Now?” by Barak and Tomer Heymann has won the Audience Award at
the 16th WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film IFF. In their latest documentary, the
makers of films such as “Mr. Gaga” and “Bridge Over the Wadi,” once again take
on the subject of heteronormativity and acceptance of sexual diversity within
the family, in a film that is extraordinarily balanced and rather witty at the
The jury of the 16th WATCH DOCS IFF announced its verdict! Below, please find the statement of Brigid O’Shea, Oksana Sarkisova, Nima Sarvestani, Dirk van
der Straaten, and Liduine Zumpolle.
On the last day of the festival we will present two competition films. The screening of "HOOLIGAN SPARROW” by Nanfu Wang will take place at Kino.Lab (8.30 p.m.). Ye Haiyan (aka Hooligan Sparrow) is an unusual Chinese activist renowned for her use of highly unconventional methods in the struggle for the rights of sex workers. The documentary has recently made the Academy Award short list of 15 films competing for the 2017 Best Documentary Oscar.
On December 14, we will present four competition films: “The Borneo Case” by Erik Pauser and Dylan Williams (5 p.m., Kino Muranów), “Catastrophe” by Alina Rudnicka (8:15, Kino Muranów), “The Great Wall” by Tadhg O’Sullivan (6.30 p.m., Kino.Lab) and “Wrong Elements”–a screen debut by Jonathan Littell, author of “The Kindly Ones,” laureate of the Prix Goncourt and special festival guest.
On Tuesday, Dec 13, after the screening of "Dazzling Light of Sunset" (5.45 p.m., Kino.Lab), the festival audience will have a chance to take part in a meeting with Jan Brykczyński, a member of the Sputnik Photos collective.
On Dec 13 (7:10 p.m.) we would like to invite our viewers to Kino Muranów for a panel discussion „Safety and Protection of Journalists”, co-organized by the Community of Democracies' Permanent Secretariat, the Embassy of Sweden in Warsaw and the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights.
On December 12 at 8.00 p.m. we invite you to the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews for the special screening of “The Last Laugh" by Ferne Pearlstein. Introduction: Professor Iwona Kurz, director of the Institute of Polish Culture, University of Warsaw.
On Monday, Dec 12 at 6.30 p.m. we would like to invite you to Kino Antropos for a screening of "Remembrance: Recalling the Gulag," to be followed by a panel discussion "Reenactment: Politics of Remembrance" (7:15 p.m.).
A presentation of the FUTURE DOCS project will be held on the third day of the festival at the CCA at 5.00 p.m. The participants in the event will include the winners of the first edition of the workshop – Marco de Stefanis (the Netherlands) and Ofelya Zalyan (Armenia) as well as tutor Barak Haymann (Israel). FUTURE DOCS is a WATCH DOCS initiative aimed at inspiring new powerful documentaries with potential for tangible social impact, cinema distribution and circulation at film festivals.
The opening ceremony of the 16th WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film IFF and the screening of Jonathan Littell’s directorial debut Wrong Elements will take place tonight in Kino Muranów. The director will take part in today’s gala; he will also meet with the festival audience after the Saturday’s screening of his film (Kino Muranów, Dec 10, 19:00).