Who’s the ‘First to Stand’ for democratic values and rights?


The documentary film FIRST TO STAND, follows Irwin Cotler, Founder and International Chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, and his team of activists as they take on the cases and causes of human rights activists battling some of the world’s most repressive regimes.

The film, created by renowned documentary filmmakers Irene Lilienheim Angelico and Abbey Jack Neidik, celebrates the brave individuals who have risked being first to stand for democratic values and universal human rights around the world. It features Bill Browder, Amal Clooney, Raif Badawi, Ensaf Haidar, Shaparak Shajarizadeh, Natan Sharanksy, Masih Alinehad, and others.

On Saturday December 10th at 7:30 PM the film premieres at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ Cinema du Musée, followed by an intimate discussion with Professor Cotler, Shapark Shajarizadeh, former Iranian political prisoner and courageous women’s rights activist, Ensaf Haidar, activist and wife of imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, and the film’s directors. RSVP

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