A scene from “Black Code,” the first film in the festival. Courtesy MOPA

For the eighth year in a row, the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park will present a long weekend of thought-provoking documentaries at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival from Feb. 1 to 4.

Films highlighting the morality of capital punishment, social media as a tool for activism, environmental activism, domestic violence, workers’ rights and police violence are being showcased during this year’s festival.

The six documentaries are “Lindy Lou: Juror Number Two,” “Black Code,” “Silas,” “Home Truth,” “Complicit” and “The Blood is at the Doorstep.”

“In a time when we are bombarded by sound bytes and headlines, the Human Rights Watch Film Festival brings relevant and thought-provoking issues into focus,” said Deborah Klochko, MOPA executive director and chief curator. “Through the art of filmmaking we are inspired to picture a better world and take action to create it.”

New York City-based Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. Its film festival travels to over 20 cities worldwide each year.

Both festival passes and single-screening tickets are available online and at the door.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.