Human Rights Film Festival 2009
The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo
Date: FEBRUARY 3RD, 7:00 PM
Shot in the war zones of the Democratic Republic of Congo. this film brings to light the plight of women and girls caught in that country’s intractable conflicts. A survivor of rape herself, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Lisa Jackson, travels through the DRC to understand what is happening and why. The film features interviews with activists, peacekeepers, physicians, and even the indifferent rapists. But the most remarkable moments of the film come as survivors recount their personal stories—inspiring examples of resilience, resistance, courage and grace. Special Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival 2008.
Letter to Anna
Date: FEBRUARY 10TH, 7:00 PM
Anna Politkovskaya was a brave and tenacious journalist for one of Russia’s only independent journals, Novaya Gazeta. Anna used her journalist platform to strongly criticize Russian military actions in Chechnya. On October 7, 2006, she was shot dead in the stairwell of her Moscow apartment building. A few years before her untimely death, filmmaker Eric Bergkraut met Politkovskaya and filmed some powerful, frank interviews with the late reporter. In Letter to Anna these are interwoven with a tantalizing search for her likely killers and insightful contributions from colleagues and loved ones. Narrated by Susan Sarandon.
Up the Yangtze
Date: FEBRUARY 17TH, 7:00 PM
A symbol of China’s economic prowess, the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River is the world’s largest, and China’s biggest engineering feat since the Great Wall. It also represents the end to a way of life and livelihood for two million people along the Yangtze. Among those being forced to relocate are the Yu family who decide to send their oldest daughter Yu Shui to work on a cruise ship. Working for the same cruise line is Chen Bo Yu, the only son from a middle class family. Both struggle with the demands of a changing China, their jobs and the need to operate in a Western social environment.
TO SEE IF I AM SMILING
Date: FEBRUARY 24TH, 7:00 PM
Israel is the only country in the world to draft 18-year-old girls for compulsory military service. The women in the film, veterans who have tried to bury the past for years, finally speak openly about their experiences. Deeply personal interviews are dramatically interwoven with both archival footage and details of the women’s daily lives. At a time when women in the military are increasingly on the frontlines, this powerful film explores the ways that gender, ethics, and moral responsibility intersect during war.