Human Rights

Monday, March 23, 2015 3:00 pm

Chicago Cultural Center - GAR Hall and Rotunda
77 East Randolph Street
Chicago, IL

The Indie Caucus, along with WTTW, WNET, PBS, POV, Independent Lens, and ITVS, will be in Chicago for the third and final stop in the National Listening Tour for Independent Films on PBS.

Hosted by
Kartemquin Films,
371 Productions,
Chicago Film Office, and
City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Make your voice heard on the last stop of the PBS Listening Tour in Chicago. This is your chance to help set the priorities and share ideas around strengthening viewership, distribution, and community engagement of independent film.

It's our final chance to be heard. We need YOU to be there and to speak up. Please rsvp here:

If you are in or around Chicago, please join this important conversation.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 12:00 am

Ohio, USA ,

Finding Yingying from director Jiayan "Jenny" Shi will be available for streaming in Ohio from October 6-11,2020 as part of the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival. 

The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival is dedicated to educating audiences and empowering talented filmmakers to tell their stories. 

Buy virtual pass.


Finding Yingying, a vérité documentary, tells the story of the Zhang family, who arrive in the United States from China in search of their missing 26-year-old daughter, Yingying. An international student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Yingying was only in the U.S. for six weeks before disappearing in the summer of 2017. Unlike typical crime stories, Finding Yingying is a personal, intimate story about a family dealing with grief and finding resolution, and who Yingying was – why she came to the U.S. to study, and the challenges of finding justice as foreigners in the U.S.

Finding Yingying was awarded the SXSW 2020 Documentary Feature Special Jury Prize for Breakthrough Voice.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 5:30 pm

Virtual cinema

Join the Independent Filmmaker Project and New York Women in Film and Tevelvion as they host a virtual sneak preview screening of Represent on Tuesday, August 4th.

Following the recommended film viewing time,  join a ZOOM Q&A with director Hillary Bachelder.

RSVP for this FREE event! 

Can't make it? Don't worry! Represent will be available to stream on August 14th through Music Box Films! 


5:30pm CST to 7:00pm CST (6:30pm EST to 8:00pm EST) –– Screening of Represent (recommended viewing time, screening link to be provided)

7:00pm CST to 7:30pm CST (8:00pm EST to 8:30pm EST) –– Q&A with director Hillary Bachelder. (join via ZOOM)

**Reminder the virtual Q&A is live via ZOOM and it's encouraged that attendees watch the film beginning at 5:30pm CT (6:30 PM EST) with private screening link, to be provided within 48 Hours of Event. Only the first 100 participants will have access to the ZOOM Q&A.**


Equal parts personal and political, Represent follows three women on both sides of the aisle who share the singular goal of improving their community through public service. Myya attempts to spark a youth movement and unseat the incumbent mayor of Detroit; Bryn, a farmer and working mother in Granville, OH, runs for township trustee; and Julie walks a tightrope between her identities as a Korean immigrant and Republican candidate for State Representative in a liberal Chicago suburb.



Wednesday, September 30, 2020 9:00 am

Woodstock, NY ,

Maria Finitzo's The Dilemma of Desire will be available for streaming as part of the 21st Annual Woodstock Film Festival. 

The Woodstock Film Festival premieres exceptional films, hosts the most talented emerging and established professionals in the movie industry.

Running from September 30th, 2020 to October 4th, 2020, you'll have 48 hours to start watching the film once purchased. 

Visit the Woodstock Film Festival website for tickets. 


Entertaining, thrilling, and radical, The Dilemma of Desire explores the work of four women who are shattering myths and lies about female sexual desire, bodies, and - ultimately - power. The film is a powerful reminder that true equality will come only when we all arrive at a place of understanding and acknowledgment that women are sexual beings, entitled to live their lives fully within the expression of their desire. One of the film's participants, artist Rebecca Baruc, had her op-ed Why We All Need To Learn More About the Clitoris (and Female Orgasm) featured on the DailyBeast

Groundbreaking artist Sophia Wallace challenges long-held ideas of women with her “cliteracy” project, putting front and center the clitoris as fundamental to female orgasm.  Dr. Stacey Dutton, a neuroscientist who realized she had never seen a drawing of the clitoris until she discovered Wallace’s work, is now committed to studying its biology and pushing the publishing industry to correct the deliberate omissions of the clitoris in major anatomy textbooks. With 20 years of research, Dr. Lisa Diamond is dismantling outdated notions about women’s arousal. And industrial designer Ti Chang heads CRAVE, a company dedicated to designing and manufacturing elegant vibrators for women.

Providing the embodiment of this work are the personal stories of Umnia, Becca, Jasmine, Sunny, and Coriama - five young women discovering and owning their sexuality.

The Dilemma of Desire is a powerful reminder that true equality will come only when we all arrive at a place of understanding and acknowledgment that women are sexual beings, entitled to live their lives fully within the expression of their desire.

Music Box Films Acquires Hillary Bachelder Debut Feature REPRESENT

Kartemquin Films is proud to announce that Music Box Films has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the timely documentary feature REPRESENT, directed by Hillary Bachelder and co-produced by Kartemquin Films, ITVS, and Backbone Films. A remarkable feature directorial debut, REPRESENT follows three women in the American Midwest confronting entrenched political systems in their campaigns for elected office and fighting to reshape local politics on their own terms.


Monday, May 25, 2020 10:00 pm


More than just a picture-perfect postcard of iconic stone statues, Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island, is a microcosm of a planet in flux. Directed by native Rapa Nui filmmaker Sergio Mata’u Rapu, Eating Up Easter explores the challenges his people are facing, and the intergenerational fight to preserve their culture and a beloved environment against a backdrop of a modernizing society and a booming tourism trade.

Saturday, May 16, 2020 6:00 pm

This screening is part of the 2019-2020 Dismantling White Supremacy Film Series sponsored by the Social Justice Action Committee of First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist and several allies. Proceeds will benefit the film's producers, the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, and the Mass Redistribution Fund.

Tickets must be secured in advance using the link on this page. Those registering will be sent an email with the Zoom link in advance of the screening. A panel discussion will follow the screening. We encourage generous donations to support under-resourced folks in the greater Boston area, however no one will be turned away based upon ability to pay.

In her signature serious-yet-quirky connect-the-dots style, Peabody award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand takes audiences from the deadly 1995 Chicago heat disaster deep into one of our nation’s biggest growth industries – Disaster Preparedness. Along the ways she forges inextricable links between extreme weather, extreme disparity and the politics of ‘disaster’, daring to ask: what is zip code was just a routing number, and not a life-or-death sentence?

Monday, April 20, 2020 5:00 pm

In honor or Earth Week, #StayHomeWatchTogether, a global initiative to bring groundbreaking, documentaries to online audiences this April, will host a virtual screening of COOKED: Survival By Zip Code, followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A with Director Judith Helfand and Danielle Perry, Executive Director of Growing Home. Please join us!

RSVP here.


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