April 12, 2002

Amnesty International at UCSD Presents The Third Annual San Diego Human Rights Film Festival

Giving a human face to worldwide threats to political and individual freedom through the power of film.

The San Diego Human Rights Film Festival 2002 is a FREE presentation of the UCSD chapter of Amnesty International. Scheduled for Tuesday, April 23, through Saturday, April 27, at the Copley International Center (at the Institute of the Americas on the University of California, San Diego campus), the Film Festival will be a showcase for distinguished drama and documentary films which incorporate human rights themes. By drawing on the power of film to communicate across both physical and ideological borders, the titles selected for the Festival give a human face to, and provide the personal histories behind, the many widespread threats to political and individual freedom in our world today.

Amnesty International is an independent worldwide voluntary movement that works to promote all the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international standards. Launched in 1961, Amnesty International now has an active worldwide membership of well over one million individuals in over 150 countries and territories and over 8,000 Amnesty International volunteer groups in over 70 countries.

Film Festival Schedule


6:30 PM: IN THE SHADOW OF A SAINT (doc - 2001 - 54 min). Delves into this fascinating tangle of the personal and the political by following Ken Wiwa on his return to Nigeria after the execution of his father, the activist Ken Saro-Wiwa.

7:45 PM: LUMUMBA (drama - 2000 - 110 min). A devastating political thriller about the events in the life of legendary African leader Patrice Emery Lumumba, the first Prime Minister of Congo following independence from Belgium.


6:30 PM: SENORITA ESTRAVIADA (doc - 2001 - 74 min). Tells the story of the over 200 kidnapped, raped and murdered young women of Juárez, Mexico. By describing the struggle of a handful of the victims’ relatives, this film exposes an extensive web of complicity behind the murders.

8:00 PM BREAD AND ROSES (drama - 2001 - 110 min). A story about the most marginalized of LA communities daring to take on their corporate bosses against all odds. Bread and Roses is inspired by the real life “Justice for Janitors” campaign.


6:30 PM: T-SHIRT TRAVELS (doc - 2001 - 56 min). Follows the story of how secondhand clothes in the western world end up in Africa and explores the underlying reasons for why so many Africans remain in poverty.

7:30 PM: INDIA AND FREE TRADE (doc - 2000 - 33 min). Examines globalization and free trade by focusing on the tragedy of Bhopal, India. It explores how narrow economic logic marginalize social, environmental and public health considerations.

8:15 PM: DARK DAYS (doc - 2000 - 94 min). Explores the lives of a community which

chose to flee Manhattan’s drug ravaged shelter system for life underground — living in the city’s Amtrak tunnels by drawing electricity from the tunnel’s power lines and water from it’s pipes.


6:30 PM: LONG NIGHT’S JOURNEY INTO DAY (doc - 2000 - 94 min).

8:15 PM: THE LARAMIE PROJECT (drama - 2002 - 94). Recreates the efforts of a New York theatre troupe to shed light on a western town’s loss of innocence following a hate crime perpetrated on Mathew Shepard, a 21-year-old University of Wyoming student. Adapted from the acclaimed play of the same name.


6:30 PM: JUNG (WAR): IN THE LAND OF THE MUJAHEDDIN (doc - 2000 - 114 min). Chronicles the struggle of a surgeon and a war correspondent who join forces to set up a hospital in Afghanistan.

8:40 PM: KANDAHAR (Drama - 2001 - 85 min). An Afghan-reared Canadian journalist attempts to reach the city of Kandahar before her sister, depressed by the rigors of Taliban repression, makes good on a suicide threat. The film addresses the plight of Afghan women under the Taliban and the accumulated misery of the Afghan people.

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