Nairobi — The seventh edition of the Human Rights Watch Nairobi Film Festival will showcase five films at various locations in the city between October 15 and 18, 2019. Each film will be followed by a panel discussion about human rights activism.

The festival’s films document struggles faced by activists in the region and elsewhere on the continent, who are pushing back against abuses by states and corporations, often at a personal cost. The festival aims to generate discussions around movement-building and government’s responsibility to protect human rights defenders.

This year’s festival is co-presented with DOCUBOX, and also partners with Rift Valley Institute and Filmaid.

“As we continue to document the harassment of activists by governments across Africa, this year’s Nairobi festival spotlights the personal hardships that many activists endure as they lead the fight for a just society,” said Mausi Segun, Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “The festival includes both documentaries and fiction films that address key issues relevant to activists everywhere, ranging from police brutality against protesters and the effects of poor labor protections, to forced evictions.”

On the opening night, Rehad Desai’s Everything Must Fall showcases how poor black South Africans challenged their exclusion from higher education. This film is open captioned, accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

On October 16, the focus will be on the struggles of East African migrant domestic workers in the Middle East depicted in Søren Klovborg’s Maid in Hell.