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How to Watch

The 2021 Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival is virtual again this year. The films will be available on Blackboard to ensure access only by Syracuse University authenticated participants.

No Ordinary Man Screenshot. A black and white photo of a Jazz trio


by Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt

Thursday, September 23, 2021

This inventive and illuminating portrait of jazz musician Billy Tipton, radically challenges the generic conventions of the documentary biopic to interrogate how to represent transgender histories.  

Belly of the Beast screenshot of a woman handcuffed to a gurney.


by Erika Cohn

Friday, September 24, 2021

An empowering portrait of the women who are fighting the U.S. carceral state’s systematic and secretive practices of violence and reproductive injustice against female prisoners, primarily women of color. 

Fire in the mountains screenshot. A woman knits in the foreground as the mountains are on fire.


by Ajitpal Singh

Saturday, September 25, 2021

A devoted mother toils to save money to build a road in a Himalayan village to take her disabled son for physiotherapy but her husband believes that the traditional conventions of shamanic ritual will save them all.