For the 2011 Human Rights Film Series, all films were shown at the American University Katzen Arts Center with discussion to follow in the Abramson Family Recital Hall.
All films are free and open to the public. For information on this years Human Rights Film Series, please see the current years link located to the left of the screen.
If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
Filmmaker: Marshall Curry
Thursday,September 22, 2011
If A Tree Falls follows the controversial story of Daniel McGowan who was arrested in 2005 on charges of domestic terrorism as a member of the Earth Liberation Front. The film details Daniel's wait for sentencing while under house arrest, intertwined with the dramatic history of the ELF who operated through anonymous cells and caused millions of dollars in damage to businesses believed to be destroying the environment. Daniel's story calls into question not only how we understand environmental activism but also terrorism and the justice system.
Since 1994, Oregonians have had the right to physician-assisted suicide. Filmmaker Peter Richardson, known for his ability to make deep emotional connections on camera, reveals the highly complex and intimate decision to end one's own life through the stories of the terminally ill in Oregon. Examining both sides of this controversial issue, Richardson poignantly leads audiences to explore what it means to die with dignity.
Joshua Milton Blahyi is an evangelical Christian preacher, he is also formerly one of the most feared and bloodthirsty warlords of the 14-year Liberian civil war. Known as "General Butt Naked," Joshua believed he was invincible when fighting naked with an AK-47, as did his troops. Today we find him spreading the good word, telling his story of redemption, and seeking the forgiveness of his victims, his soldiers, and the courts. Beautifully shot and surprisingly up close, the filmmakers present the chilling portrait of a man whose culpability and idea of reconciliation are inherently at odds.
In 2008, Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero was murdered in Patchogue, New York. Marcelo's death was the tragic culmination of a wave of anti-immigrant violence in the community. Light in the Darkness chronicles the journey of Marcelo's family and community members as they react to their loss, the crime and the root causes of violence. The latest in the Not in Our Town series, the film carries on the tradition of documenting how communities organize and act together to prevent and repair the problems of hate crime to create an environment of safety and respect.