Human Rights Film Festival 2011
IN THE LAND OF THE FREE
Date: Tuesday, February 1st, 7pm
Herman Wallace, Albert Woodfox and Robert King have spent a combined century in solitary confinement in Angola, the Louisiana State Penitentiary. Targeted by prison officials for being members of the Black Panther Party and for fighting against terrible prison conditions, they were convicted of the murder of a prison guard, a verdict they continue to challenge and for which new evidence continues to emerge.
OUT IN THE SILENCE
Date: Tuesday, February 8th, 7pm
Out in the Silence captures the controversy that ensues when filmmaker Joe Wilson’s same-sex wedding announcement is published in the newspaper of the small Pennsylvania hometown he left long ago. Drawn back by a plea for help from the mother of a gay teen being tormented at school, Wilson’s journey dramatically illustrates the challenges for building bridges around sexual orientation issues.
LAST BEST CHANCE
Date: Tuesday, February 15th, 7pm
The film presents Senator Edward Kennedy in his final battle for comprehensive immigration reform in the US. Seeking legislation that he believes would best serve US interests and provide greater security and dignity to many of the 20 million people currently living in the shadows, he joins forces with allies on the outside to marshal Senators Obama, Clinton, Menendez, Kyl and McCain toward a “Grand Bargain.”
ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE
Date: Tuesday, February 22nd, 7pm
The film follows the project of Thet Sambath, whose parents were among the approximately two million people who perished under the Khmer Rouge regime. With unprecedented access and groundbreaking confessions from the notorious “Brother Number Two,” Nuon Chea, he uncovers terrifying personal explanations for the genocide by allowing the perpetrators to speak for themselves.