Monday, November 10, 2008

From a UNCA press release:

UNCA Amnesty International Human Rights Film Festival
Nov. 10 - 14

4:30 and 7:30 daily
free and open to the public

info: Mark Gibney,
Official website

Beginning on Monday November 10th and running through the 14th, Amnesty International at UNCA will host its fifth annual human rights film festival -- the largest of its kind in the Southeast. Over the course of this week two different films will be shown each day, one at 4:30 p.m. and the other at 7 p.m.

After each film, a community member, UNCA professor or student will lead a discussion about the topics presented in the movie. All films will be shown in Highsmith and all are free and open to the public.

Monday, November 10

4:30— No End In Sight-- gives a comprehensive look at the Bush Administration's conduct throughout the Iraq war and its occupation of the country, offering an inside look at actions taken by soldiers, contractors, and the administration in ways unknown by the general American public. Grotto

7:00 The U.S.A. v. Al-Arian­-- follows the story of Sami Al-Arian a university professor and pro-Palestinian civil rights activist who was arrested in Tampa, Florida, in February 2003 and charged with providing material support to a terror organization. The film is an intimate family portrait that documents the American-Muslim family Al-Arian's desperate attempt to fight terrorism charges leveled by the US Government. Grotto

Tuesday, November 11th

4:30-- Critical Condition-- deconstructs the health care crisis in America and lays out the human consequences of an increasingly expensive and inaccessible system. Grotto

7:00-- For the Bible Tells Me So-- reconciles homosexuality and Biblical scripture, and in the process reveals that Church-sanctioned anti-gay bias is based almost solely upon a significant (and often malicious) misinterpretation of the Bible. Grotto

Wednesday, November 12th-

4:30-- To See if I'm Smiling-- presents the confessions of six young Israeli women who served in the West Bank. Grotto

7:00-- El Inmigrante -- examines the Mexican and American border crisis by telling the story of Eusebio de Haro a young Mexican migrant who was shot and killed during one of his journeys north. Grotto

Thursday, November 13th

4:30—War Dance -- follows the courageous efforts of northern Ugandan student from the Patongo refugee camp as they pour their hearts into winning an annual music competition. Grotto

7:00-- The Trials of Darryl Hunt-- a brutal rape/murder case and a wrongly convicted man, Darryl Hunt, who spent nearly twenty years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Both a social justice story and a personally driven narrative, the film chronicles this capital case from 1984 through 2004. Rm 104

Friday, November 14th

4:30 РThe Dictator Hunter -- follows human rights lawyer Reed Brody over the course of two suspenseful years as he travels through Africa, Europe and the United States as he attempts to have Hiss̬ne Habr̩, the former leader of Chad, who is charged with killing thousands of his own countrymen in the 1980s brought to trial or extradited. Grotto

7:00—Persepolis-- animated feature is a poignant coming-of-age story of a precocious and outspoken young Iranian girl that begins during the Islamic Revolution. Rooms 221-222

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