Shows: June 18, 2012

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Human Rights Watch film festival

This year's showcase of human rights-focused films at Lincoln Center includes documentaries on the impact of globalization on local communities and violence against human rights defenders. "Bitter Seeds" highlights the human cost of genetically-modified agriculture, reflected in the epidemic of farmer suicides in regions of India. "Silenced Voices" follows leading Sri Lankan journalists forced to flee the country due to threats and violence, and their continuing struggles to achieve accountability for war-time abuses. We speak with film directors Micha X. Peled and Beate Arnestad, and Sri Lankan journalist Sonali Samarsinghe.

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Celebrating Mehdi Hassan, Urdu lyric voice singer

One of the most beloved singers of his time, Mehdi Hassan passed away last week at the age of 84. We pay tribute to his life and work as the "King of ghazal," putting to song the poetic expressions of pain, loss and separation that are hardly capable of translation. New York-based ghazal singer Kiran Ahluwalia joins us to talk about his legacy.

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Stop & Frisk: New York's Asian Communities

While the NYPD’s ‘Stop and Frisk’ policy primarily targets Black and Latino kids, there has been a long history of police harassment of Asians in the city as well. Vivian Truong of CAAAV, a pan-Asian organization that works with low-income communities, joins us to report on Sunday's march against stop & frisk and discuss Asian groups' efforts to work in solidarity with other groups of color in countering the policy.

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