5th Human Rights Film Series

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

October 4 - October 27, 2004

SPECIAL EVENT

Prisoner Rights and the Use of Film in Advocacy Campaigns

Film: Deadline
Monday, October 25, 2004
WCL Room 602

Join us for a special panel discussion with prominent human rights activists on how films such as Deadline are being used to discuss important issues such as the discriminatory use of the death penalty, indigent defense, and the re-entry into society of ex-offenders.

Speakers include:
Catherine Beane, Indigent Defense Counsel for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Chester Hart, Associate Director, A-men!: the Anacostia Men's Employment Network
Robin M. Maher, Director, American Bar Association Death Penalty Representation Project
Angela Tucker, Outreach Director, Big Mouth Productions


  • Films shown at WCL and on Main Campus

  • Discussions with film-makers, human right activists, lawyers, experts and panelists to follow each screening.



Discovering Dominga
(resource page - PDF Format)
An emotional odyssey of political awakening and self-discovery as Denise Becker, a young housewife in Iowa, discovers she is a survivor of one of the most horrific massacres in Guatemalan history, committed in 1982 against Maya Indian villagers.

At WCL: Monday, October 4, 2004
WCL Room 602, 6pm
Duration: 57 minutes
Speakers:
Cruz Ramirez, native Mayan Indian whose brother was disappeared during the civil war.
Patricia Flynn, filmmaker.
At Main Campus: Wednesday, October 6, 2004
Wechsler Theatre, 3rd fl, MGC, 5:30pm
Duration: 57 minutes
Speakers:
Cruz Ramirez, native Mayan Indian whose brother was disappeared during the civil war.
Patricia Flynn, filmmaker.

Afghanistan Unveiled
(resource page - PDF Format)
A poetic journey of reality and hope, which reveals the effects of the Taliban's repressive rule and the recent U.S. military campaign on Afghani women. The first ever team of four women video journalists present heartbreaking footage of rural Afghanistan, and serve as a reminder of independent media's power to bear witness and reveal truth.

At WCL: Monday, October 11, 2004
WCL Room 602, 6pm
Duration: 55 minutes
Speaker: Andrea Harrison, Policy Coordinator, Women's Edge
At Main Campus: Wednesday October 13, 2004
Wechsler Theatre, 3rd fl, MGC, 5:30pm
Duration: 55 minutes
Speaker: Carol Yost, Director of Women�s Programs, Asia Foundation

Control Room
(resource page - PDF Format)
A chronicle providing insight into the international perception of the Iraq war, provided by Al Jazeera, the Arab world's most popular news outlet. See aspects of the Iraq War that the U.S. media never aired.

At WCL: Monday, October 18, 2004
WCL Room 602, 6pm
Duration: 1 hour 24 minutes
Speaker: Nadia Bilbassy-Charters, Al-Arabiyya News Channel
At Main Campus: Wednesday October 20, 2003
Wechsler Theatre, 3rd fl, MGC, 5:30pm
Duration: 1 hour 24 minutes
Speaker: Dr. Edmund Ghareeb, Professor, American University School of International Service

Deadline
An insightful exploration of capital punishment in the U.S., balanced with testimonials from Illinois Governor George H. Ryan, condemned men found innocent and victims' families.

At WCL: Monday, October 25, 2004
WCL Room 602, 6pm
Speaker: Please see special event panel above
At Main Campus: Wednesday October 27, 2004
Wechsler Theatre, 3rd fl, MGC, 5:30pm
Speaker: Please see special event panel above

All screenings are FREE.

Discussions with experts follow each screening.

The Human Rights Film Series is sponsored by American University's Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and the Center for Social Media, in collaboration with the Office of the University Chaplain, the Office of International Affairs, the School of International Service's International Peace & Conflict Resolution Program, and the Media That Matters Film Festival.

WCL ADDRESS: 4801 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC

MAIN CAMPUS ADDRESS: Mary Graydon Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC

For more information or to request accommodations for persons with disabilities, please call WCL at 202-274-4180 or email humlaw@wcl.american.edu or the Center for Social Media at 202-885-3107 or socialmedia@american.edu.