The Human Rights Watch Film Festival announced today the line-up for its 2012 line-up, which features the New York premiere of Bernardo Ruiz's documentary Reportero (pictured) as the only Latin American film participating in this year's festival. The film, which had its US premiere recently at the Full Frame Film Festival follows veteran reporter Sergio Haro and his colleagues at Zeta, a Tijuana, Mexico-based weekly, as they report over one of the most controversial and dangerous issues: drug war fare.
Ruiz's film is released at a time when Mexico has experienced an alarming increase in attacks and threats against journalists and human rights defenders. In the past week alone, there were seven killings of journalists. Whenever they try to report anything involving Mexico's "war on drugs," an issue that has not been adequately investigated, journalists are threatened, attacked, tortured, and even killed.
Filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz along with film subjects Sergio Haro and Adela Navarro will be in attendance for Q&As after the June 22 and 23 screenings. The Human Rights Watch Film Festival will run from June 14 to 28 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City. For complete information and visit Human Rights Watch Film Festival's website.