4th Human Rights Film Series

Presented by:
American University Washington College of Law &
Center for Social Media

October 7 - November 12, 2003

SPECIAL PANEL DISCUSSION

The Experience of Post - 9/11 Immigrants to the US

Film: The New Americans
Tuesday, November 4, 2003
WCL Room 603, 6pm

A panel with the filmmaker and human rights experts discussed the impact of the 9/11 attacks and the subsequent string of restrictive legislation on the experiences of new immigrants to the U.S. will follow the screening.


  • Films were shown at WCL and on Main Campus.

  • Discussions with film-makers, human rights activists, lawyers, experts and panelists followed each screening.



The Day I Will Never Forget
(resource page - PDF Format)
An inspiring look at what women in Kenya today are doing to resist female circumcision, with characters you will never forget. The film everyone was talking about at last year's Sundance Film Festival! Prefaced by the short Rebel from grassroots Media that Matters Film Festival.

At WCL: Tuesday, October 7, 2003
WCL Room 603, 6pm
Speaker: Colleen Renk, Tahirih Justice Center
At Main Campus: Wednesday, October 8, 2003
Wechsler Theatre, 3rd fl, MGC, 5:30pm
Speaker: Suzanna SaCouto, War Crimes Research Office, WCL

The Damned & The Sacred (aka Dans, Grozny, Dans)
(resource page - PDF Format)
The extraordinary and touching story of Chechen children-many of them orphans-whose dance group goes on a European tour. Prefaced by an excerpt from Greetings from Grozny, the top-rated TV series Wide Angle, where secret cameras captured forbidden images from the Chechan war. Also, photo exhibit by award-winning area photographer Steve Rubin, taken in an INS detention center. (Main Campus only).

At WCL: Tuesday, October 14, 2003
WCL Room 603, 6pm
Speaker: Wayne Merry, Amnesty International
At Main Campus: Wednesday October 15, 2003
Wechsler Theatre, 3rd fl, MGC, 5:30pm
Speaker: Anna Borodina

War Takes
(resource page - PDF Format)
When peace talks begin in 1999 in Colombia, two film makers begin an on-camera diary-an intimate, untold, and sometimes surreally funny story of living inside political crisis. A unique insight on obstacles to the peace process. Prefaced with Copwatch from Media That Matters, showing how an organization of activists are fighting police brutality in US cities.

At WCL: Tuesday, October 21, 2003
WCL Room 603, 6pm
Speakers: Omar Hernandez, Association MINGA & Jose Humberto Torres, Committee for Solidarity with Political Prisoners
At Main Campus: Wednesday October 22, 2003
Wechsler Theatre, 3rd fl, MGC, 5:30pm
Speaker: Patricia Casta´┐Żo

Drowned Out
(resource page - PDF Format)
Film maker Fanny Armstrong chronicled the struggle of Indian villagers who refused to move out of the path of the gigantic Narmada dam project. Prefaced by Esmeraldas, from the Media That Matters film festival, on Ecuadorian indigenous resistors to oil drilling and industrial pollution.

At WCL: Tuesday, October 28, 2003
WCL Room 603, 6pm
Speakers: Manoj Saranthan, Friends of River Narmada & Professor Danny Bradlow, WCL
At Main Campus: Wednesday October 29, 2003
Wechsler Theatre, 3rd fl, MGC, 5:30pm
Speakers: Kiran Vissa & Manoj Saranthan, Friends of River Narmada

The New Americans
(resource page - PDF Format)
Episode 1. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE of the debut film in a pathbreaking series on today's immigrant experience. Acclaimed film makers of Hoop Dreams and Stevie follow immigrants from their homes in Nigeria, Palestine and the Dominican Republic to their new homes in the United States. Prefaced by No Escape, Prison Rape, from the grassroots Media That Matters film festival, on human rights violations in U.S. prisons. ALSO, photo exhibit of work by members of Service Employees International Union, many of whom are also immigrants. (Main campus only)

At WCL: Tuesday, November 4, 2003
WCL Room 603, 6pm
Panel Discussion: The Experience of Post-9/11 Immigrants to the US.
Speakers: Gordon Quinn, filmmaker; Corey Smith, Lawyers Committee for Human Rights; Danielle Antonio, Tahirih Justice Center; Professor Muneer Ahmad, WCL
At Main Campus: Wednesday November 5, 2003
Wechsler Theatre, 3rd fl, MGC, 5:30pm
Speaker: Gorden Quin

Bringing Down a Dictator
The amazing story of the citizen movement against Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic, using rock n' roll and ridicule as weapons. Prefaced by an excerpt from Wide Angle, Media by Milosevic.

At WCL: Tuesday, November 11, 2003
WCL Room 603, 6pm
Speaker: Jack Duvall, Director, International Center on Non-Violent Conflict.
At Main Campus: Wednesday November 12, 2003
Wechsler Theatre, 3rd fl, MGC, 5:30pm
Speakers: Julie Mertus, Steve York

All screenings were FREE. Discussions with experts followed each screening.

Photographic exhibits accompanied most Main Campus screenings.

The Human Rights Film Series is sponsored by the WCL Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law & the Center for Social Media, in collaboration with the Office of the University Chaplain, the Center for Global Peace, the Center for Democracy and Elections Management, the Media That Matters Film Festival, and Human Rights Watch.