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Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2021

Cinema On Demand

Human Rights Watch Film Festival returns to the Barbican for its 25th edition and for the first time we are presenting a full digital edition of emboldening new films from around the world.

This year’s line-up reflects the festival’s ethos of championing diversity of content and perspective. In our programme, we highlight powerful and uplifting stories of those demanding justice, equality, and safety for themselves, their communities, and future generations. With a collection of films that celebrate the power of activism through mass collective movements, there’s plenty to get inspired by.

We invite you to further engage with these critical topics during our free, in-depth, live discussions taking place throughout the week with filmmakers, protagonists, Human Rights Watch researchers, and activists.

Alongside the films we're hosting free, live ScreenTalks via Zoom. Find more details and register on the individual film pages.

Please note there are a limited number of bookings available for each film and the festival passes.


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Members: £60

Watch all 10 films throughout the Festival


How to watch

Please note this rental is only available within the UK

1.    Choose the film you want to watch.
2.    Add to basket and proceed to purchase.

3.    If you already have an account, you can log in during the purchase. If not, create an account as you buy. 

4.    Once your purchase has gone through, you can click on the button to click to ‘Watch your films', or click on the link in your email, or go to your account.
5.    Your film will be available to watch from Thu 18 to Fri 26 March. Enjoy! 

If you have any issues, please contact our Box Office team via [email protected] between 9.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, or browse our help centre.

The festival does not want the cost of entry to these films to be a barrier for participation in these events. If the price of buying a ticket to this film would prevent you from taking part, please email [email protected] and Human Rights Watch Film Festival will email you a free ticket code. There are a small number of tickets set aside, first come, first served. Once all free tickets are claimed, the code stops working.

For anyone that purchases a ticket, thank you. Your ticket purchase allows us to support the filmmakers and organisations that are bringing the films to you.