International documentaries about current human rights challenges are being shown each Tuesday. Students and the public can see issues on a human scale, getting a deeper look than news headlines. Viewers get to meet individuals through the films, and see how they are coping and overcoming despite unimaginable circumstances. Upcoming films include footage from the Mediterranean Sea, island of Lampedusa, Greece, Syria, and Europe. Attendees at these free screenings are welcome to stay afterward for a discussion.
The Human Rights Film Festival is a great series that started in 2006. In the early years, the non-profit organization Human Rights Watch selected the films and Denison was one of the viewing locations. The 5 documentaries this year were selected by Intl Studies faculty members. Denison's International Studies Program, Library, and Provost Office secured the rights to screen the films.
Each of the Tuesday films are relevant to our lives and world. The migrant boat that capsized off the coast of Libya on February 2 sounds similar to the people and ships in Fire At Sea. Hundreds of people are considered undocumented migrants and cannot move to a new country, just as the people in Stop Over are unable to return home or leave Greece. Children and adults alike are forced out of war-torn countries and seek a life and home, as the seven children that escape, travel through refugee camps and into Europe in Born In Syria. These film showings are free and open to the public at Denison University, 200 Ridge Rd, Granville, OH 43023.
Take part in the 13th Annual Human Rights Film Festival by coming to a film on Tuesday at 7pm.
Stop Over, Kaveh Bakhtiari, Switzerland-France, 2013, 100 min, documentary
Feb 27, 7 pm, Slayter Auditorium, moderated by Dr. Ozden Ocak
This film provides an intimate portrait of undocumented migrants who hoped to make Greece a transit point en route to other European locales. The film captures the waiting and insecurity of people insistent on making a better life for themselves.
Born In Syria, Hernan Zin, Denmark- Spain, 2016, 86 min, documentary
March 6, 7 pm, Herrick Auditorium with a pre-film reception at 6:30pm, moderated by Dr. Fadhel Kaboub
The film follows seven displaced children for a year witnessing everything through their eyes: their escape from Syria, their travel through the refugee camps in the Middle East, and their arrival into Europe.