Jayu – The 3rd Annual Human Rights Film Festival will run December 5th to 7th, 2014 at TIFF Bell Lightbox.
Coinciding with the International Human Rights month, this festival is celebrating the power of human voice through screenings, special guests, lectures and events.
We are honored to co-present 3 amazing films which are a must see, along with 19 other films from 16 regions of the world.
Official Partner Screenings
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2014 | 12:00PM | TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX
In Pakistan, the Edhi Foundation provides 24-hour emergency assistance, medical care in addition to shelter and food for those in dire circumstances. These Birds Walk features one boy’s struggle to find safe haven either at the foundation, the streets, or the family he fled. It also documents Edhi’s ambulance driver Asad, showing the incredible passion that foundation staff have as they strive to provide the bare necessities to society’s most innocent, its children. A gorgeous film that provides glimpses into the intimate moments of runaways as they bond at the home and the heart warming dedication that’s at the centre of Pakistan’s largest welfare organization.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2014 | 6:00PM | TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX
Weaving through the lives of four ordinary people living in modern day Cuba, Cantos poignantly depicts the everyday struggles of life in a society that pales in resemblance to its heyday of the past. As the film documents the inevitable difficulty independent blogs face against the government, its beauty lies in the honest stories of everyday people. From the endless search for medicine for an ill friend to the lifelong dream of a farmer to travel, Petersmann captures these hardships beautifully bringing the raw emotion of each subject.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2014 | 5:45PM | TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX
CANADIAN PREMIERE | FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE
At a popular deli in New York, customers get bagels and coffee served with a smile but behind the scenes, undocumented immigrant workers face sublegal wages, dangerous machinery, and abusive managers. Mahoma López has never been interested in politics, but in January 2012, he convinces a small group of his co-workers to fight back.
Risking deportation and the loss of their livelihoods, they launch themselves on a journey that will test the limits of their resolve. In one rollercoaster year, they must overcome a shocking betrayal and a two month lockout. If they win, it will set a historic precedent for low-wage workers across the country. But whatever happens, Mahoma and his compañeros won’t be exploited again.