Human Rights Watch Film Festival Spotlights Social Justice Issues

Thursday, February 1, 2018
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh
Credit: Jennifer Johnson/Courtesy of Young Productions and Baby Plane
Above: An undated image from the documentary "The Blood is at the Doorstep."

The 8th annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival opens in San Diego Thursday at the Museum of Photographic Arts.

This year's films raise issues of capital punishment, social media as a tool for activism, environmental activism, domestic violence, workers' rights and police violence.

The documentary “The Blood is at the Doorstep,” by a San Diego State graduate, centers on the story of an unarmed black man diagnosed with schizophrenia who was shot and killed by a police officer. Filmmaker Erik Ljung chronicles the shooting and the activism efforts that followed.

Ljung, director of "The Blood is at the Doorstep," and Joaquin Ortiz, co-curator of the film festival, give us an overview of this year's films Thursday on Midday Edition.

When: Thursday-Sunday

Where: Museum of Photographic Arts

Cost: $6-$35