Matisse Bustos Hawkes

Communications Manager

The Thin Blue Line by Errol Morris.

Powerful documentary that reconstructed a crime and helped lead to the overturning of a wrongful conviction. Inspired in me the knowledge that film and video could help catalyze change.

Michael Cervieri

Digital Engagement Lead

Bitter Seeds

This intimate look at how rural farmers in India are dealing with the rise of genetically modified seeds shows how our rush toward new technologies can have disastrous, if unintended, consequences.

Jenny Chang

Senior Communications Manager

The Killing Fields

A British drama about the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, was one of the first human rights-related films I was ever exposed to when I was young. That film opened my eyes to the realities of human rights abuses happening outside the U.S.

Ricky Cortez

IT Coordinator

Chasing Ice

The visual impact on how our environment has changed in such a short time combined with imperial data has me concerned about our inaction and the effect this will have on my children.

Claire Davis

Senior Finance Manager

Who Is Dyani Cristal?

Growing up in Texas, I'd occasionally tag along as my mother translated for doctors and midwives serving the undocumented community. With graceful editing and poignant cinematography, this film shows the increasingly tragic impact of immigration policy on those attempting an undocumented journey to cross the Southwest US border.

Chap Day

Office Coordinator

Love Free or Die by Macky Alston.

This documentary outlined the election of Gene Robinson as the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, and the ensuing reaction across the globe. I found it hopeful about the future inclusion of LGBT Christians in the Episcopal/Anglican Church.

Ben Doernberg

Program Associate

The Tank Man

I'm a firm believer in the power of individuals to inspire the collective action necessary for social change. Watching this man risk his life not for any tangible gain, but as a statement of freedom, is still the most powerful testament to human dignity and resistance in the face of tyranny I've ever seen.

Sara Federlein

Associate Director Foundations

Dual Injustice

I will never forget Nayra, a teenage girl murdered in Chihuahua, Mexico, and her family's search for justice in the film “Dual Injustice.” As a mom of daughters, I cannot imagine the nightmare her family has endured and am so inspired by their courageous efforts to bring attention to the issue of feminicide.

Lizzie Gillett


In the Name of the Father

A powerful film about four people falsely convicted of a violent IRA bombing. I saw it when I was fifteen and it made me determined to fight injustice.

Sam Gergory

Program Director

Call Me Kuchu

Because it powerfully humanized the impact of the 'Kill the Gays Bill' in Uganda on LGBT people there with personal stories of contentment and ephemeral joy, then of struggle, discrimination and tragedy.

Tanya Karanasios

Deputy Program Director

TRUST Massachusetts

Youth powerhouse Eshe Shirley’s call to stand up for climate justice, drawing on the similarities of the US court’s role to outlaw racial segregation and the civil rights movement, gave me great hope in our leaders of tomorrow.

Ryan Kautz

Video Editor & Producer

Hearts and Minds

‘We've all tried very hard to escape what we have learned in Vietnam. I think Americans have worked extremely hard not to see the criminality that their officials and their policy makers exhibited.' Hearing Vietnam veteran, Randy Floyd, make this statement in Hearts and Minds resonated with me. This could be Afghanistan, Iraq or any number of other conflicts happening today. Human rights starts at home.

Sarah Kerr

Program Assistant

The Act of Killing

This documentary about the systematic massacre of communists in Indonesia in 1965 is guided by the narrative and creative direction of the executioners themselves. In discussing their rationality for their actions and re-enacting their personal stories, they bring up many thought-provoking questions regarding international human rights, justice and healing.

Grace Lile

Director of Operations and Archives

Harlan County, USA

Barbara Kopple's documentary about the 1973 coal miners strike in Harlan County, Kentucky opened my eyes to an unbelievable level of poverty and injustice in rural America. Its approach to storytelling--passionate, told in the voices of its subjects, and utlimately partisan--changed the way I thought about documentary film.