October 21, 2013 STAFF/STU

Second Annual Human Rights Film Festival

Join us for JCU’s Second Annual Human Rights Film Festival on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 1-6 p.m. in AD 226. These award-winning films bear witness to human rights violations and create a forum for courageous individuals on both sides of the lens.

1-2:40 p.m.
“AbUSed: The Pottsville Raid”
On May 12, 2008, in Pottsville Iowa, 900 armed ICE agents arrested and chained 389 immigrant workers from Mexico and Guatemala. This film tells the gripping personal stories of the individuals, the families, and the town that survived the most brutal, most expensive and largest immigration raid in the history of the United States. A cautionary tale of government abuses.

2:45-4:15 p.m.
“One Day After Peace”
Can the means used to resolve the conflict in South Africa be applied to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict? This film tells the story of a woman who was born in South Africa during the apartheid era and later lost her son who was serving with the Israeli Army reserve in the Occupied Territories. This thought-provoking journey through South Africa’s past and present and through the cooperation of bereaved Israeli and Palestinian parents, reminds us that even from a place of deep personal pain one can see a glimmer of hope for a better future.

4:30-6 p.m.
“There Once Was An Island”
What if your community had to decide whether to leave their homeland forever and there was no help available? This is the reality for the culturally unique Polynesian community of Takuu, a tiny low-lying atoll in South Western Pacific. This film gives a human face to the direct impacts of climate change in the Pacific, challenging audiences to consider their own relationship to the earth and to the other people on it.

This event is free and open to the public.