2014 Human Rights Film Series

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For the 2014 Human Rights Film Series, all films will be shown in the Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater located on the second floor of the McKinley Building on American University's main campus, with discussion to follow.

All films are free and open to the public. For information on previous years' Human Rights Film Series, please see the links located to the left of the screen.

E-Team (2014)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
7:00-9:00pm

Anna, Ole, Fred and Peter are four members of the Emergencies Team — or E-Team — the boots on the ground division of a respected, international human rights group. Arriving as soon as possible after allegations of human rights abuse surface, the E-Team uncovers crucial evidence to determine if further investigation is warranted and, if so, to investigate, document, and capture the world’s attention. They also immediately challenge the responsible decision makers, holding them accountable. Human rights abuses thrive on secrecy and silence, and the work of the E-Team, backed by their international human rights organization, has shone light in dark places and given voice to thousands whose stories would never otherwise have been told. Using a cinema verite approach, our camera embeds with the E-Team investigators in the field as they piece together the actual events that take place in various troubled spots around the globe.

For more information visit: http://www.eteamfilm.com/

15 to Life: Kenneth's Story (2014)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
7:00-9:00pm

Does sentencing a teenager to life without parole serve our society well? The United States is the only country in the world that routinely condemns children to die in prison. This is the story of one of those children, now a young man, seeking a second chance in Florida. At age 15, Kenneth Young received four consecutive life sentences for a series of armed robberies. Imprisoned for more than a decade, he believed he would die behind bars. Now a U.S. Supreme Court decision could set him free. 15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story follows Young’s struggle for redemption, revealing a justice system with thousands of young people serving sentences intended for society’s most dangerous criminals

To watch the trailer and for more information visit: http://www.pbs.org/pov/15tolife/

The Supreme Price (2014)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
7:00-9:00pm

The Supreme Price is a feature length documentary film that traces the evolution of the Pro-Democracy Movement in Nigeria and efforts to increase the participation of women in leadership roles. Following the annulment of her father's victory in Nigeria's Presidential Election and her mother's assassination by agents of the military dictatorship, Hafsat Abiola faces the challenge of transforming a corrupt culture of governance into a democracy capable of serving Nigeria's most marginalized population: women.

To learn more visit: http://www.joannalipper.com/filmmaker/supreme-price

 

The Hand That Feeds (2014)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
7:00-9:00pm

At the original 63rd Street Hot and Crusty café, residents of New York’s Upper East Side get bagels and coffee served with a smile 24 hours a day. But behind the scenes, undocumented immigrant workers face sublegal wages, dangerous machinery, and abusive managers. Mild-mannered sandwich maker Mahoma López has never been interested in politics, but in January 2012, he convinces a small group of his co-workers to fight back. Risking deportation and the loss of livelihood, the workers team up with a diverse crew of innovative young organizers and take the unusual step of forming an independent union, launching themselves on a journey that will test the limits of their resolve.

To watch the trailer and for more information visit: http://thehandthatfeedsfilm.com/