MAY 26 to JUNE 2, 2022 - 19th Annual Human Rights Watch Canada Film Festival

The Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) is pleased to be a partner of the 19th Annual Human Rights Watch Canada Film FestivalStories at the heart of human rights battles in Canada, Peru, Georgia, Mali, and Germany that is taking place in person (from May 26 to 29) and online (from May 30 to June 2). Reserve your free tickets online, but note that the digital film screenings are available only in Canada.

HRREC is a proud sponsor of the screening of two documentaries:


Tacheles - The Heart of the Matter

(2020 | German, Hebrew, English, with English and German subtitles)

Synopsis: Three generations removed from the Holocaust, Yaar is a young Jewish Berliner desperate to leave the past behind. He develops a computer game set in 1940s Germany featuring a young Jewish girl based on his grandmother, Rina, which enables Jews to defend themselves, and Nazis to act humanely. Yaar’s father is shocked, and the work opens old family wounds left unaddressed for generations. Tacheles – The Heart of the Matter follows the journey of this family’s painful confrontation with history that will forever change Yaar’s relationships with his father, and explores with growing self-awareness how trauma of survivors is inherited, asking the burning question from the perspective of a 21 year old: what does the Holocaust have to do with me?


The Last Shelter

(2021 | French, with English subtitles)

Synopsis: Deep in Mali, in West Africa on the edge of the Sahel Desert, lies the peaceful city of Gao—a quiet way station for passersby with their eyes set on Europe in hopes of finding opportunity, safety, and a better future. As migration flows from  countries south of Mali like Burkina Faso, Togo, and Benin, the people of Gao maintain a safe haven where tired travelers seek refuge and immigration support before continuing their journey into Algeria, Spain and beyond. The travelers tell their stories in a uniquely beautiful and humane film about no longer having a home once you have set off.


The Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) is celebrating its 40th anniversary during the academic year 2021-2022! This event is part of a diverse and rich programme developed to highlight this major milestone. #CREDP40HRREC

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