International Human Rights Film Festival

February 1, 2011

The Yale chapter of Amnesty International presents an  International Human Rights Film Festival!

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February 3, 4 & 5

Come enjoy free food, awesome guest speakers, and award-winning films highlighting human rights issues in Sri Lanka, Sierra Leone, Burma, and the US.  The films cover a variety of fascinating topics including activism, post-conflict justice, and hate crimes. 

The schedule:

Thursday, Feb. 3 | 4:00 pm | WLH 119 à No More Tears Sister (Sri Lanka)

A film about love, hope, and betrayal, No More Tears Sister explores the price of truth in times of war. Explore the story of the violent ethnic conflict that has enveloped Sri Lanka over decades, and follow the life of renowned woman human rights activist, Dr. Rajani Thiranagama, portrayed by her daughter Sharika in the movie.**Join Sharika Thiranagama for a discussion after the screening.**

Thursday, Feb. 3 | 7:00 pm | WLH 119 à War Don Don (Sierra Leone)

Follow the story of Issa Sesay, accused of committing crimes against humanity, awaiting trial in Sierra Leone's special war crimes court.  War Don Don puts international justice on trial for the world to see.

Friday, Feb. 4 | 4:00 pm | WLH 119 à Divided We Fall (US)

Join Valarie Kaur, a 20 year-old college student, as she journeys across America to document hate violence committed against Sikh, Muslim, and Arab American communities in the aftermath of 9/11.  Divided We Fall explores what it means to be "one of us" in post-September 11th America.

Saturday, Feb. 5 | 4:00 pm | WLH 116 à Out in the Silence (US)

Capturing the remarkable chain of events that unfold when the announcement of filmmaker Joe Wilson's wedding to another man ignites a firestorm of controversy in his small Pennsylvania hometown, Out in the Silence aims to expand public awareness about the difficulties that LGBT people face in rural and small town America, and to promote dialogue and action that will help people on all sides of the issues find common ground.

Saturday, Feb. 5 | 7:00 pm | WLH 119 à Burma VJ (Burma)

Burma VJ tells the story of courageous young citizens of Burma who risk torture and life in jail to keep up the flow of news from their closed country. Video journalists (VJs) smuggle their footage of the uprising against the military junta in 2007 out of the country, and it is then brought back in via satellite and broadcast around the world.  For the first time, the Oscar-Nominated Burma VJ takes this amazing footage and uses it to tell one coherent story. **Free Thai food will be available at this screening!**

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