Downtown Community

Television Center


September 21 - 23


Three days of groundbreaking documentaries from around the world

Impugning Impunity has never been more critical. The festival provokes dialogue about justice and activism through a slate of groundbreaking new documentaries on human rights issues, post-screening Q&A sessions with filmmakers, and community talk-backs with human rights advocates and activists. Through its open call, the festival gives voice to unheard communities and filmmakers across the world.

2018 Jury

Kathy Brew

Noted documentarian and veteran programmer currently serving as the Guest Curator for MoMA's Doc Fortnight


Located at 87 Lafayette St.

By Subway: N, R, Q, W, 6, J, A, C, E to Canal Street

By Foot/Car: On the east side of Lafayette Street between Walker & White Streets


DCTV's building has a no-step entry. The elevator runs to all levels. DCTV's three bathrooms are all wheelchair-accessible and gender-neutral with appropriate signage with ADA compliance. All spaces within the building including classrooms, work spaces, event spaces, and lounges are wheelchair-accessible. If you need any specific accommodations, please contact a program staff member.

Paco de Onís

Executive Director of Skylight, a media company dedicated to advancing social justice through storytelling. His film producing credits include Granito, 500 Years, State of Fear, and The Reckoning. 

Matt Porwoll

Emmy® award-winning cinema-tographer based in NY. His work has screened theatrically, appeared on TV networks such as Showtime, and online outlets.  His documentary, Cartel Land, was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature. 


The jury will honor the best film from the Official Selection with the Harry Randall Award for Best Human Rights Documentary Feature and Short. This award was created in memory of Harry W. Randall, Jr. (1915-2012) who served in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade as Chief Photographer of the 15th International Brigade during the Spanish Civil War. Award recipients will receive a filmmaking audio video and rental workshop package sponsored by DCTV and Manhattan Edit Workshop.


The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting social activism and the defense of human rights through educational programs. "Impugning Impunity" underscores ALBA’s commitment to uphold the values of the US volunteers who fought fascism in the Spanish Civil War, bringing human rights struggles to life through storytelling.

All screenings to be held at DCTV

87 Lafayette Street

New York NY  10013

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