Docaviv is proud to present a unique first-time collaboration with The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), Israel’s largest, first, and leading human rights organization, which marks its 50th anniversary this year. Over the years, the ACRI has amassed a number of impressive achievements that changed the face of Israeli society and led the struggle for protecting democracy and human rights in Israel. As part of the new collaboration, the festival will screen films that deal with human and civil rights issues and hold several panels and events revolving around these films, attended by the festival’s distinguished guests.

View the list of human and civil rights films

The main events:

Saturday | 28.5 | 16:00 | Cinematheque 3

To the limit: human rights defenders in Putin’s Russia

Featured film: Navalny

The screening will be followed by a panel hosted by ACRI Executive Director Noa Sattath. Panelists: filmmaker Daniel Roher and former MK and journalist Ksenia Svetlova. Attorney Pavel Chikov, chair of Agora, an International Human Rights Group based in Russia, will join the panelists remotely.


Having survived an assassination attempt, Aleksei Navalny is determined to prove that it was Putin who gave the order. The film follows him and his team through an investigation so dark and gripping that at times it feels like a Hollywood thriller instead of a disheartening look at Russian reality.

Thursday | 2.6 | 19:00 | Cinematheque 3

Women at the crossroads:

politics, law, and everything in between

Featured film: Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down

The screening will be followed by a panel hosted by Attorney Dan Yakir, the ACRI’s Chief Legal Counsel. Panelists: filmmakers Julie Cohen and Betsy West, and Justice Dorit Beinisch, former president of the Supreme Court of Israel.

Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down

When an assassin shot her in the head at close range, nobody thought Gabby Giffords would recover, but she relearned to walk and talk, returned to public service, and continues to improve. Julie Cohen and Betsy West (RBG) joined her and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, on their remarkable journey.

Friday | 3.6 | 14:00 | Cinematheque 3

My Name Is Pauli Murray:Screening + Q&A with the filmmakers

My Name Is Pauli Murray

Pauli Murray was there before (almost) all the others. A poet, lawyer, activist, scholar, and Black queer person, Murray paved the way for the big civil rights and women’s rights revolutions in the US. Julie Cohen and Betsy West paint the portrait of a true luminary.