Watch Docs Human Rights in Film

Polish film festival dealing with themes of social injustice and human rights

And now for something a little serious. This Polish film festival each year screens nearly a hundred documentaries that deal with themes of social injustice and human rights issues, and around 100,000 attend the viewings of both international and Polish films. Films are divided into competition entries, new Polish films and propaganda.

It is the watchdog organisations, which play such an important role in the development of civil society, that have become the inspiration for the festival's name; ‘watchdog’ morphed into ‘watch docs' (i.e. documentaries) and so the Human Rights in Film festival became known as 'WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film'.

As well as the screenings there are panel discussions with human rights experts, politicians, journalists and of course the filmmakers themselves. Since it began in 2001, the organisers have also created the Travelling Film Festival, which has seen Watch Docs co-organising similar events in Brussels and Kiev. The festival lasts three days, and all events are free of charge.

Location map

Map showing the location of Watch Docs Human Rights in Film




Getting here by train

Warsaw station is fantastically connected to national and international services, with Vienna, Budapest and Prague being on direct routes; it even boasts a direct sleeper train to Nice (which takes 30 hours!)..

Once at Warsaw's central station, the film festival takes place in various central venues all of which are accessible by the city's public transport system. The Old Town is approximately 2,5km or a good 30 minute walk away, alternatively the fleet of Warsaw's yellow and red buses are on standby outside the station complex.

Visitor information table

CityWarsaw
CountryPoland
AddressUjazdowski Castle, Warsaw
Telephone+48 22 556 44 40
Dates December
Websitehttps://watchdocs.pl/2019/a/en
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