HRW Film Screening / Panel Discussion of “Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower”

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HRW Film Screening / Panel Discussion of “Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower”
September 17, 2017 4:00 pm
$30, $15 students
Human Rights Watch
Perrine Vaillant: (310) 477-5540
New Roads School
3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, 90272

4:00 PM | Doors open; Meet & Greet with HRW’s Minky Worden
5:00 PM | Film screening, followed by Q&A with the film’s director and producer
7:00 PM | Cocktail Reception

Presented at New Roads School at the Herb Alpert Educational Village
3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica

Join us for a special screening of “Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower,” a remarkable portrait of courage, resilience, and the propulsive power of youthful idealism.

“Joshua doesn’t just give you a lush, drone’s-eye view of the unprecedented protests in Hong Kong. It meticulously unpacks how Joshua Wong and other students were compelled to mobilize to challenge authorities. In doing so it lays bare what’s at stake in asserting political rights and civil liberties in this nominally democratic part of China.” – Sophie Richardson, China director, Human Rights Watch

… Rallying thousands of students to skip school and occupy the streets of Hong Kong, teenager Joshua Wong becomes one of the autonomous territory’s most notorious dissidents, successfully disrupting government plans to devolve power back to China. 

This inspiring documentary spends years tracking the movement from grassroots disruption to national politics. Following tear gas attacks, multiple arrests and an exhausting 79-day campaign to shut down Hong Kong’s financial district, Joshua moves on to the next phase of the movement—facing down the superpower from inside the government itself….

2017 Sundance Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary

All attendees are invited to stay after the screening for a Q & A followed by a cocktail reception with the director and producer of the film and the director of global initiatives at Human Rights Watch. 

Andrew Duncan, Producer, Joshua
Joe Piscatella, Director, Joshua
Minky Worden, Dir. of Global Initiatives, HRW
Pam Bruns, Exec. Director, Student Task Force, HRW

We are grateful for the continued support of our generous sponsors. They make the Film Club events possible and sustain the important work of Human Rights Watch around the world.

General tickets are $30 and student tickets are $15. Tickets are unreserved and seating is first-come, first-served. Tickets will not be sold at the door.


For further information and for sponsorship opportunities, please contact Perrine Vaillant at (310) 477-5540 |


Preceding “Joshua,” Human Rights Watch is proud to host the conclusion of Creative Armenia’s $5,000 digital challenge with filmmaker Terry George (“Hotel Rwanda,” “The Promise”). 

In a video that went viral last month, the Oscar-winning director challenged filmmakers across the world to tell a vital human rights story in 60 seconds. 
The winner will be announced and a few of the 60-second visions screened immediately prior to the event. 

Human Rights Watch and Creative Armenia are both non-profit partners of The Promise, the epic story of the Armenian Genocide of 1915. For more information, visit:

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Human Rights Film Club

Through regularly scheduled screenings and discussions, the Human Rights Watch Film Club in Los Angeles creates a forum to advance awareness of human rights issues and empower audiences with the knowledge that personal commitment can make a difference.

For over 35 years, Human Rights Watch has been at the forefront of the international human rights movement, investigating human rights abuses and exposing the truth in order to bring about deep-rooted change. Around the globe we work in tandem with local activists who often put their lives at risk to protect the rights and dignity of others.


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