Human Rights Watch Canada, in partnership with Hart House Global Commons, presents the 20th annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival.

On March 12 at 1 PM join the 20th Annual Human Rights Watch Canada Film Festival feature, No U-Turn. This film and 4 other incredible stories are all part of our lineup for this year's film festival!

No U-Turn Documentary

As a young man, celebrated Nigerian director Ike Nnaebue left Nigeria taking the route via Benin, Mali, and Mauritania to Morocco where he was forced to turn back, unable to reach Europe. In his first documentary, No U-Turn, he retraces the life-changing journey he made over 20 years ago. Along the way, he meets those who are taking the same trip and, through conversations with them, tries to understand what motivates young people today to expose themselves to the dangers of a passage into an uncertain future. Most are aware of the dangers of traveling undocumented by road, yet more and more are joining the ranks of those who take this risk, despite widely circulated images and terrifying testimonies found online of people that have been lured into slavery and bondage. Overlaid with a powerful poetic commentary, this self-reflective travelogue hints at the deep longing of an entire generation for a better life.

Also, we are delighted that we will have a panel discussion with filmmaker Ike Nnaebue, Professor Kamari Clarke and Michel Chikwanine, former child soldier/public speaker, moderated by CBC's Tamara Khandaker.

University of Toronto students and community members are encouraged to attend the annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival.

Free tickets now available - get yours here: hotdocs.ca/whats-on/films/hrw-no-u-turn

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  • Date: Sun, Mar 12, 2023
  • Time & Duration: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (EST) (3h)
  • Cost:
    • General


  • Venue: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema (506 Bloor Street West Toronto, Ontario M5S 1Y3 Canada)