Its 11th year Human Rights Watch International Film Festival in London is to screen 22 films, including three Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominations, The Lives of Others, Water and Days Of Glory.

Mon Colonel, the directorial debut of Laurent Herbiet will open the event, split across cinemas in the city. It depicts the struggle of soldiers in the Algerian war of independence. Screenwriter Costa-Gavras and producer Michele Ray will host a post-screening discussion at the Curzon Mayfair.

Days Of Glory will close the festival with the director Rachid Bouchareb taking a part in a debate on the issues raised.

Other films showing are Spike Lee's When The Levees Broke: A Requiem In Four Acts, Eugene Jarecki's Why We Fight and Ghosts Of Abu Ghraib, directed by Rory Kennedy, daughter of Robert Kennedy.