Amnesty in Victoria’s 10th Annual Film Festival and Human Rights Fair

Greetings, all,
It’s time for Amnesty’s 10th Annual Human Rights Film Festival! In this incredibly busy time, we hope you can find a couple of hours to join us for a film, conversation, sign a few petitions and see what we and other social justice organizations are doing.

Attached find posters. Please distribute the information widely. Hope to see you there!
Amnesty in Victoria’s 10th Annual Film Festival and Human Rights Fair presents “GAME CHANGERS – Visionary Women, Resilient Children and Courage in Community”.
November 25-27, David Lam Auditorium, University of Victoria
Friday and Saturday evening sessions 7:00, films at 7:30; Saturday and Sunday afternoon sessions 2:00, films at 2:30. 3 days, 4 sessions, 9 films, 15 human rights fair tables, speakers, music, refreshments, all for a suggested donation of $10. For complete schedule details, visit .
In the meantime, here are the film choices:

November 25, 26 & 27, 2011 – David Lam Auditorium, University of Victoria


7 pm, Human Rights Fair, MUSIC – Clark Brendan Trio; 7:30 films begin

Speaker – Moussa Mougassa, University of Victoria

Where Do I Stand? Director: Molly Blank 

When xenophobic attacks broke out across South Africa in May 2008, many found themselves caught off guard, shocked by violence that felt like a violation of the principles of their newly democratic nation. Where Do I Stand? is a window into the lives of seven young people who are thinking deeply about their actions during and after the violence, their communities, and the state of their country.The film captures the optimistic voices of youth trying to make sense of what they experienced and the choices they made during the violence, as they carve out their own places in this complex and divided nation.

Slaves: David Aronowitsch and Hanna Heilborn. 

Slaves is an internationally awarded animated documentary about Abuk, nine, and Machiek, fifteen. Like thousands of other children, they were taken by government sponsored militia in Sudan and used as slaves. Slaves is based on an interview made in 2003 and is the second film in a series of animated documentaries with and about children in difficult situations.

Children of War: Director: Brian Single; producers Brian Single Farzad Karimi and Tinothy Beckett. 

Filmed inside the war zone of northern Uganda over a period of three years, Children of War is a unique and incandescent documentary which follows the story of a group of former child soldiers as they undergo  a process of trauma therapy and emotional healing while in a rehabilitation center.  The children struggle to confront and break through years of brutal abuse, extreme religious ideology, and participation in war crimes with the help of a heroic team of trauma counselors.  Children of War illuminates a powerful and cathartic story of forgiveness and hope in the aftermath of war.


2 pm, human rights fair, MUSIC – West My Friend: 2:30, films begin

Jungle Radio – Director: Susanne Jaeger; producers, Susanne Jaeger and Sonja Ewers.

The Jungle Radio takes us deep into the jungle of Nicaragua, where feminist Yamileth Chavarría has launched a radio station with a unique mission: denouncing rife domestic violence against women and children. Having been threatened several times herself, she does not shrink from pillorying men that commit such abuses. In her daily show ‘The Messenger Witch’, Chavarría rebukes the local perpetrators of domestic (and sexual) violence by name, thereby criticizing the local court’s sluggishness. Although Chavarría receives many death threats, she refuses to give in to intimidation: “If they shoot me on the air, everyone will hear it”.

Ten Conditions of Love: Director: Jeff Daniels. 

This is the story of Rebiya Kadeer, China’s nightmare – the woman it accuses of inciting terrorism within China’s borders. It is also the story of the ‘other Tibet’, the country its Muslim people call East Turkestan, but which the Chinese call Xinjiang Province – the other stain on China’s moral character. It is the tale of ruthless oppression of 20-million people; of global energy politics; of Superpower politicking over the War on Terror; and of the pain of a deeply loving family torn violently apart. Twice nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, once – reputedly – the richest woman in China, Rebiya Kadeer is a remarkable woman.. As “10 Conditions” continues to screen at film festivals around the world, the Chinese government maintains its efforts to silence the film and the voice of Rebiya Kadeer, calling the film “illegal counterrevolutionary propaganda”.


7 pm, human rights fair; MUSIC – Clark Brendan Trio; 7:30, films begin

Speaker: Melissa Hyland, Women’s Sexual Assault Centre  

Mrs. Goundo’s Daughter – warning: graphic content -Director Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater.

Mrs. Goundo is fighting to remain in the United States, not  just because of the ethnic conflict and drought that has plagued her native Mali, but because threatened with deportation, her two-year-old daughter could be forced to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM),  like 85 percent of women and girls in Mali. Using rarely cited grounds for political asylum, Goundo must convince an immigration judge that her daughter is in danger.

The Price of Sex – Director: Mimi Chakarova. The Price of Sex is a feature-length documentary about young Eastern European women who’ve been drawn into a netherworld of sex trafficking and abuse. Intimate, harrowing and revealing, it is a story told by the young women who were supposed to be silenced by shame, fear and violence. Photojournalist Mimi Chakarova, who grew up in Bulgaria,  illuminates how even though some women escape to tell their stories, sex trafficking thrives.


2 pm, Human rights fair; MUSIC – West My Friend; 2:30 films begin

Rainbowtown – Director: Lauren Selmon Roberts. 

As war raged, Ma Feeta had to make a choice; to protect the orphaned children forced into her life or abandon them and go in search of her own family. Today, she lives with 86 of the children at a rural West African farm called Rainbow Town in the Liberian upcountry.  This moving account, narrated by Ma Feeta, three of the children – Alice, Taylor, and Faith – and Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, reveals how they survived one of Africa’s bloodiest civil wars and how the children cope as a family in its aftermath. Johnson-Sirleaf was awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace prize for her efforts to rebuild Liberia.

Taking Root – the Vision of Wangari Matthai

The world lost one of its great visionaries when Wangari Matthai passed away just weeks ago. Taking Root is a tribute to this 2003 Nobel Prize winner’s vision, determination and passion for for change.


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