Despair and Conflict

It's that time of year, the Human Rights Watch Film Festival is up again at Lincoln Center starting June 11, bringing with it tales of tragedy and, occasionally, triumph. It's the only film festival I know that the better the films are, the worse you feel afterwards. As always there's a full slate, mostly documentaries ,although these days that can mean a wide range of kinds of non-fiction film. Indeed, my Jewish Week piece on the two Middle Eastern-set films are pretty indicative of how much the meaning of "documentary" has expanded. You can read about those films here, and can find out more about the entire festival here