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Human Rights Watch Film Festival highlights issues facing foster youth and Indigenous rights

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Courtesy of Human Rights Watch Film Festival
Karachi feminists organize a women's march in this still from the film "The Stained Dawn."

The Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in Balboa Park is hosting its 12th annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival through Tuesday. The event is virtual this year, featuring five films about foster youth, immigration reform, Indigenous rights, inequality, reproductive rights and poverty. Viewers can stream any of the five films each day during the weeklong festival, and can also sign up for chance to speak with the filmmakers.

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Jennifer Nedbalsky, deputy director of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, joined KPBS Midday Edition to talk about some of the films.

"This year's festival really lifts up stories of community members, ordinary people all over the world, but definitely in California, where two of our films take place, that are just overcoming the odds, finding support, and taking leadership to take steps and action," Nedbalsky said.

The five films playing during the festival are:

The films are available to stream online on the MOPA site through Feb. 8. Tickets start at $9 for an individual film, or $35 for a festival pass. Nedbalsky said people who can't pay the cost of the ticket can email filmticket@hrw.org to receive a free code.