Win Tickets to JAYU Human Rights Film Festival
By Pat Mullen
Toronto’s JAYU Human Rights Film Festival returns for its sixth season with a record-breaking 15 films. The festival opens with Canadian premiere of the documentary True Conviction (Dec. 8), directed by Jamie Metzer, which follows three men—Chris Scott, Johnnie Lindsey and Steven Phillips—who are finally exonerated after spending a combined three decades in Texas prisons for their crimes and now give their time towards supporting other wrongfully conviction inmates. Opening night also features a selection of short films. (Titles TBA.) The festival closes with the Canadian premiere of Jaha’s Promise (Dec. 10), a hopeful doc portrait of activist Jaha Dukureh who travels the world advocating for an end to the practice of female genital mutilation.
Other selections on the documentary front include the Toronto premiere of Armed with Faith (Dec. 9), directed by Geeta Gandbhir and Asad Faruqi, a powerful film that takes audiences to the Pakistani/Afghan border to witness the efforts of the men of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bomb Disposal Unit as they diffuse the violence that has erupted in the region. Reviewing Armed with Faith for POV, Anastasia Akulinina wrote, “Armed with Faith offers an in-depth exploration of its captivating subjects, which capture Pakistan’s multifaceted identity.” The film is produced by two-time Oscar-winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (A Girl in the River).
JAYU also features a Toronto encore for Rina Castelnuovo and Tamir Elterman’s Muhi: Generally Temporary (Dec. 10), which placed in the top ten for the Audience Award at Hot Docs earlier this year. The film offers an inspiring story of a young Palestinian boy as he receives treatment in an Israeli hospital for a rare life-threatening immune disorder.
Finally, doc fans can catch a compelling story of migration and human rights at the Canadian premiere of The Good Postman (Dec. 9). This Bulgarian doc by Tonislav Hristov observes a postman named Ivan who sees the influx of Turkish refugees in his small village as an opportunity to transform the community. The film follows the well-meaning mailman on the campaign trail as he runs for mayor and hopes to inspire change in the midst of a worldwide migration crisis and the doc asks if the actions and words of one committed individual are enough to inspire change.
Thanks to our friends at the JAYU Human Rights Film Festival, POV has three pairs of tickets to give away to see The Good Postman at the festival! All you need to do to enter is answer the following question:
What is the meaning of the Korean word “jayu” for which the festival is named?
Send your answer and full name to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Jayu.”
Contest closes Tuesday, December 5 at noon. The Good Postman screens on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 3:00 PM at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema.