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Humanities Institute Launches Human Rights Film Festival

The UC Davis Humanities Institute and Human Rights Studies will inaugurate the UC Davis Human Rights Film Festival on Thursday, Oct. 19, with an opening reception at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. film screening at the UC Davis International Center. In partnership with Human Rights Watch (HRW), the Humanities Institute for the first time will bring a selection of HRW films to Davis and Sacramento for the four-day festival that culminates with a talk with one of the filmmakers at the Crocker Art Museum on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 22.

Admission to the film screenings at UC Davis are free and open to the public.

Human Rights Watch currently screens its Human Rights Film Festival in over 20 cities around the world, including Amsterdam, London, New York, and Sydney. The selected films bear powerful and moving witness to human rights issues both locally and globally and will inspire our community with the knowledge and commitments that can make a difference. Audiences will have a chance to discuss the films in Q&A sessions with UC faculty after the films.

The screening dates/times and locations appear below with links to more information about the films. For more information about the film series, please contact DHI Event Coordinator Becky Wilson (rjwilson@ucdavis.edu).

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6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19, Opening Reception

7-9 p.m. Screening

UC Davis International Center MPR

500 Years:  Tells story of Mayan resistance in Guatemala — to threaten the powerful and empower the dispossessed, from the first trial in the history of the Americas to prosecute the genocide of indigenous people in 2013 to a citizen’s uprising that threatens to topple a corrupt government. For more information about the film: http://500years.skylight.is/
A discussion with Liza Grandia, associate professor of Native American Studies who worked in Central America for many years, follows.

7-9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 20.

Manetti Shrem Museum of Art

Nowhere to Hide: An immersive and uncompromising first-hand reflection on the resilience and fortitude of a male nurse working and raising his children in Jalawla, Iraq, an increasingly dangerous and inaccessible part of the world. Immediately after US troops left Iraq in 2011, director Zaradasht Ahmed gave nurse Nori Sharif a camera and taught him how to use it, asking him to capture the reality of life in his community and the hospital where he worked. A post-film discussion will be led by Keith David Watenpaugh, director of Human Rights Studies.

7-9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21

Wright Hall, Main Theater

Black Code: Based on Ronald Deibert’s book of the same name, Nicholas de Pencier’s gripping Black Code follows “internet sleuths” – or cyber stewards – from the Toronto-based group Citizen Lab, who travel the world to expose unprecedented levels of global digital espionage. As this battle for control of cyberspace is waged, our ideas of citizenship, privacy, and democracy are challenged to the very core. For more information about the film: http://www.mongrelmedia.com/film/black-code.aspx.
A discussion with Kris Fallon, Assistant Professor of Cinema and Digital Media at UC Davis, will follow the film.

2-4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 22

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento
Free for members.
Admission is $10 for non-members and includes access to museum galleries.

They Call Us Monsters: The film follows the journey of three juvenile inmates living out life sentences in a Los Angeles prison, and what happens when they are invited to take a screenwriting course. As they discover their abilities and imaginations, we learn who they are, the circumstances surrounding their crimes, and how everyone has a story. A panel discussion with the filmmaker Ben Lear will follow the screening. For more information on the film: https://www.theycallusmonsters.com/








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