Human Rights Film Festival
All films will be shown at:
Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology
2301 Vine Street, Berkeley, CA 94708 (Map/Directions)
Spring 2009 FILM FESTIVAL:
Out of the Silence - Fighting for Human Rights
The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, introduced in the aftermath of World War II, was intended to enshrine a common understanding of human rights that states agreed to protect. In the 40 years since, it has been used by groups fighting human rights abuses around the world.
In communist Czechoslovakia, the members of the dissident Charter 77 group spearheaded the movement that led to the Velvet Revolution and the 1989 overthrow of the communist regime. This compassionate film contrasts their success with the struggles of Guatemalan civil rights workers in the Council of Ethnic Communities (CERJ) today, educating peasant communities about their rights. "It liberates people," explains one, "when they fight, peacefully, for what are their human rights".
When it comes to human rights, the odds have always favored the abusers. This film is about changing the odds. This film is a story of victory, tragedy and hope and a testament to the courage of those who struggle to defend their human rights.
Redemption: Stories of the West Oakland Recycling Community
Film explores the everyday struggles of people surviving the streets of Oakland
Film screening followed by a conversation with the director and people in the film as well as testimony for the Poverty Truth Commission of the Graduate Theological Union.
Where the Water Meets the Sky,
presented by Camfed
Where the Water Meets the Sky is the inspiring story of a group of women in rural Zambia who learn how to make a film as a way to speak out about their lives. Produced in partnership with Camfed, all funds raised through the film will support Camfed’s work to educate girls and invest in economic and leadership opportunities for young women in Africa.
Red Terror on the Amber Coast
Filmmakers Fr. Ken Gumbert, O.P. and Fr. David O’Rourke, O.P.
Red Terror on the Amber Coast documents the fifty-year-long struggle between the people of Lithuania and the Soviet KGB and their predecessors to impose Soviet control on a free and democratic, Western republic. Using filmed interviews, archival photos and newsreel footage, it describes Stalin’s use of state-sponsored terror to destroy opposition, collectivize agriculture and industry, and create a single social class all under party control. Some interviews record the long-term, armed resistance by organized partisans to the KGB and its troops. Others describe their experiences – as adults and children – of arrest, imprisonment, deportation to Siberia and the Arctic coast, and years as slave laborers in the mines and forests of the Far East.
Fantasies of the Pacifist Other
Speaker/Moderator: Steve Jenkins (Humboldt State University)
The Abrahamic ethics of violence have often been perceived against the false negative space of naive Euro-American conceptions of Asian religious pacifism. The power and attraction of these conceptions have been strong enough to undermine the ability of the peoples on which they are projected to authentically engage their own history and evaluate the relationship between their traditional values and their contemporary political predicament. The purpose of this presentation is to identify these misconceptions and some of their mechanisms in both popular film and academic culture and to contrast them with what Hindu and Buddhist traditions have traditionally meant by “ahimsa.”
The Invisible Children
Presenters: Rev. Hilary Martin and Virginia May
This film is about Australian Aboriginal life in Central Australia around 1000 B.C. The movie is narrated and acted by the Aboriginal people of Central Australia.
The presentation of the movie will also include a discussion of Aboriginal paintings.