Friday, June 13th

Deprived of a passable beach and forced to bake in subway tunnels all summer, New Yorkers begin contemplating the serious questions, like the state of human rights on our boiling planet, and whatever happened to that $600 economic-stimulus check, anyway? The former is explored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center in a festival organized with Human Rights Watch and featuring uplifting cinematic events such as To See If I’m Smiling, which follows an 18-year-old Israeli women serving compulsory military service in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. 27 Dresses on Netflix, anyone?

 

[Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, Walter Reade Theater, June 13 to June 26, www.filmlinc.com for showtimes]

mbryan@observer.com Friday, June 13th