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European Premiere: Boycott (15) (LC) + ScreenTalk (Online)

Human Rights Watch Film Festival

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In a country where voting rights are under attack, the ability to boycott, or “vote with your dollar,” has been an important and impactful way for citizens of the United States to bring about change.

Virtual ScreenTalk at 8pm on Sun 20 Mar with Julia Bacha, producer Suhad BabaaDaniel Levy, President,The US/Middle East Project. Moderator Omar Shakir, HRW Israel & Palestine Director.

Award-winning director Julia Bacha pulls back the curtain on conservative legislators and lobbyists in the US who are succeeding in curtailing free speech. 33 states have introduced anti-boycott laws, which require individuals and companies seeking public contracts to sign a pledge they will not boycott Israel.

After a journalist in Arkansas, an attorney in Arizona, and a speech therapist in Texas are told they must choose between their jobs and their political beliefs, they launch legal battles. Their stories cut to the heart of a pressing national issue and illustrate how the right to free speech could be redefined across US society for generations more.

US 2021 Dir Julia Bacha 70 min 

LC = Locally classified

This film contains scenes of violence, army brutality, injury and moderate bad language which viewers may find distressing.

Available to watch on the Human Rights Watch Film Festival streaming platform from Thu 17 Mar at 12:01am, to Fri 25 March at 11:59pm. Want to watch this title in the cinema? 

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